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Asian heritage 2016: "i'm asian, but i'm not ____" campaign and #ahm2016 on social media
Our very own Board of Directors Chair Donna Wang Su shares her AAPI journey for nbc asian america!
Born in 1981 to two immigrant parents from Taiwan who came to Chicago, Illinois as graduate students, I started my Asian American story. I was born a preemie at 4lbs and tested their cultural traditional beliefs with the American western ways almost immediately. Growing up in Darien, Illinois, I attended Catholic school until 8th grade where my sister and I were the only Chinese kids in the whole school (K-8) where I sometimes felt too Asian. No one else had to take off their shoes when they entered their homes and no one else ate with chopsticks.
On top of that, I had a “Ram Mom” - if you think that a Tiger Mom is bad, try having a Ram. They will batter things into you over and over again whether it was playing a piano sonata for the 100th time or going over the multiplication tables before I could catch the bus. And then, I had a dad who moved back to Taiwan for about half of my life where I only saw him twice a year due to filial piety and his civic responsibilities.
In 1995, freshman year of high school which I still think is the WORST time to possibly move your children, we moved. We moved to Southern California which was a crazy cultural shock. Almost immediately being in a high school in Torrance, California, and surrounded by at least 50% Asians, I didn’t know how to be. I knew the differences between German-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Polish-Americans growing up in Darien, Illinois, but I had never met Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese or Cambodian before. Imagine my culture shock! Suddenly, I was dubbed as not being “Asian-American” enough. I remember continuing to date Caucasian guys because that’s what I was comfortable with. I later transferred high schools to Whitney in Cerritos, California, where the Asian population only grew and I even had my first Asian boyfriend. I remember being able to joke around with him in Chinese and thinking, ‘hey, he gets me culturally and being torn between two cultures’
Going to college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, helped me feel like a balance because the Asians were more of a minority than majority especially in Southern California. I found my footing and voice. I was part of a founding class for the largest Asian-interest sorority, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, and began taking so many Asian-American studies classes that I eventually earned a minor in it. The sorority helped me find my footing as a leader and voice for fellow Asian-American women even after graduation. As I now wrap up my 14th year of serving as a national officer of the sorority with my current position as the Board of Directors Chairman of an international organization, I have found my voice as a leader and my passion in #MyAsianAmericanStory.
I can share my Asian American story through the friendships I’ve made, my relationships including my marriage to another Asian American (technically, he’s 1.5 generation), and my career path. My career path includes the bamboo ceiling where there isn’t just the gender barrier but the race barrier, as well. My Asian American story continues through my journey as a mother to two young children raising them as third generation Asian Americans with a pride in their culture and where they come from, but also excelling in American things, as well. My story is long from over as chapters start and end, but the bamboo ceiling is a real thing and continuing to raise Asian American children is a continued journey of preserving culture and adapting to societal needs.
[submission via Donna Wang Su]
alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. is pleased to introduce our 52nd chapter!
twitter chat with anne phung #akdphichat
We had the honor of having a Twitter Chat with Asian-American health and fitness expert Anne Phung! She is a personal trainer, 2014 Miss Vietnam SoCal and NPC Bikini National Qualifier. We will be talking to her about her background in fitness and also tackling the topic of Asian American stereotypes in modern America. Check it out here!
Asian cultural awareness day
Happy Asian Cultural Awareness Day! On April 7 of each year, we, as a sorority, celebrate this day to promote Asian-American and Asian-Canadian awareness. We strive to embrace Asian-American awareness as part of our history.. #aKDPhiAAA #aKDPhiACA.
2016's 40 Under 40 - Victoria Lee
Our National Board Office of Internal Affairs, Victoria Lee, has been named one of 2016's 40 under 40. Thank you for all that you do for our sorority, and congratulations on your success! #aKDPhiLeadership #aKDPhiWHM#WHM
Link here: 2016's 40 Under 40 - Victoria Lee
Media Statement on
UC Santa Cruz
The leadership of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. is aware of the situation involving its undergraduate members at the University of California, Santa Cruz and will be cooperating with the local authorities to understand what happened.
The International Sorority has placed the University of California, Santa Cruz chapter on a Cease & Desist, suspending all normal activity and chapter functions pending further investigation.
alpha Kappa Delta Phi has the following zero tolerance policy for drugs and other controlled substances, “The possession, sale or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances while on chapter premises or during a sorority event or at any event that an observer would associate with the sorority, is strictly prohibited.”
Furthermore, this incident does not reflect the values the International Sorority espouses for its members. The mission of alpha Kappa Delta Phi is to maintain the highest levels of integrity and innovation for their members and is fully committed to helping them live positive, healthy and responsible lives.
Welcoming our 51st Chapter
alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. Adds Northeastern University
BECOME A LEADER
alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. and Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. Searching for Executive Director
Position Title: Executive Director of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. and Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc.
Organization Background: Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. (Fraternity), was founded in February 1981. alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. (Sorority), was founded in February 1990. Both were founded in California and are historically Asian-interest Greek organizations focused on cultural understanding and support. We believe in the ideals of opportunity and equality without regard to race, culture, sexual orientation, and ethnic background.
Position Summary: The Executive Director works in partnership with the Board of Directors of both organizations, overseeing Sorority and Fraternity staff and volunteers to provide leadership, vision and direction for alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDF) and Lambda Phi Epsilon (LFE). The individual is expected to develop organizational strategies that reflects the strategic plan for the two organizations as developed collaboratively with the organization’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director will implement and enforce policies approved by the organization’s Board of Directors, manage the day-to-day operations and programs of the organization, and represent the Board of Directors of both aKDF and LFE in the fraternal community, with academic and professional institutions, alumni and undergraduate members. The Executive Director will partner with the Lambda Phi Epsilon Foundation Board of Directors to oversee its Foundation’s day-to-day operations, and with the aKDF International Foundation to achieve annual goals.
IF INTERESTED, PLEASE FIND JOB DESCRIPTION/REQUIREMENTS HERE.
alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. and Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. Announce Exclusive Partnership
LARGEST ASIAN-INTEREST SORORITY AND FRATERNITY FORMALLY DECLARE PARTNERSHIP FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING
Chicago, IL, June 1, 2015 - alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. (“aKDPhi”) and Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. (“LFE”) announced a formal partnership between the two organizations effective immediately. This marks a historic milestone in the Asian-interest fraternal movement as culturally-based Greek organizations continue to grow and evolve into more established groups who are recognized among other nationally-acclaimed Greek organizations.
Both founded in California, aKDPhi and LFE are the largest Asian-interest sorority and fraternity globally. In the past several decades, their organizations have expanded to the Midwest, South, East Coasts of the United States and Canada. During this period of expansion, aKDPhi and LFE first partnered together during their annual National Convention in 1993 and have regularly hosted their individual Convention meetings in the same city since. Establishing this ongoing partnership of shared assets led the organizations to begin formal discussions in 2014 for an official co-association. The purpose of these discussions is to address issues that would better serve their members with more resources and opportunities which could only be done as a concerted effort.
As part of the formal partnership, aKDPhi and LFE will coordinate and share the responsibilities of joint convention planning and the hiring of a shared Executive Director. More details on the partnership are expected to be announced in September 2015.
"The Greek landscape is constantly changing, especially as more culturally-based organizations expand across all parts of the nation and are in need of better resources to address the needs of their members. Recognizing that alpha Kappa Delta Phi has reached a level where professional support is not only needed but also required, we are excited to partner with Lambda Phi Epsilon and share resources that will serve our members better,” said Donna Wang Su, Board of Directors Chairman, alpha Kappa Delta Phi. "
While we have been fortunate enough to partner with alpha Kappa Delta Phi on many levels previously, I am very pleased and excited that we are pursuing a partnership going forward that will allow us to collaborate and to share resources in ways we have not done before. We will be able to more fully leverage the capabilities of our two organizations to better serve our members and to continue to be leaders in the Greek community. This new partnership is a common-sense path for both Lambda Phi Epsilon and alpha Kappa Delta Phi to take together in the next stages of organizational growth and expansion where professional support is necessary." Paul Nguyen, Chairman, Board of Directors of Lambda Phi Epsilon.
ABOUT AKDPHI & LPHIE
alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1990 at Berkeley, California, and is the largest and only international Asian interest sorority. alpha Kappa Delta Phi fosters the making of innovative female leaders through the promotion of philanthropy, scholastic excellence, and Asian awareness in the community while creating lifelong relationships. The organization is comprised of more than 6,000 members worldwide with 50 chapters in the United States and Canada. alpha Kappa Delta Phi is a 501 (c)(7) organization with a separate 501(c)(3) foundation which supports scholastic and leadership initiatives. To learn more, visit www.akdphi.org or follow aKDPhi on Facebook and Twitter.
Lambda Phi Epsilon was founded at the University of California, Los Angeles on February 25, 1981, and is the largest Asian American interest fraternity in North America, with 57 chapters and more than 10,000 initiated brothers in the United States and Canada. Grounded on the principles of wisdom, honor, and courage; our Active Division continues to teach young men principles of leadership and strong moral character. Our Alumni Division then provides a forum in which brothers may apply these beliefs and become true leaders of society. It is that unique life long commitment to lead in every arena of life that makes "Lambdas" the most respected organization of it's kind.
For more information, contact:
Donna Wang Su, Board of Directors Chair BODChairman@akdphi.org
Paul Nguyen, Board of Directors Chair email@example.com