jamieleeIt is hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us, and the students on campus are in the process of studying for and completing their semester exams. Here at the APAA, we are celebrating a fall filled with successful events, including one of our largest Golf Classics ever, and, of course, our annual Homecoming tailgate. We also welcomed a new member to our APAA Trojan Family when our Associate Director Alex Chang and his wife Maggie welcomed their first child, Rylie Chang in November.

We are so thrilled for the wonderful year we are having so far, and we are even more thankful for the steadfast support and enthusiasm of all of our alumni, donors, scholars, volunteers, and friends. We have raised $1.53 million dollars to date toward our $2 million campaign, and we know that we can achieve our goal with your continued generosity. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to the APAA as this year comes to an end.

Thank you again for your incredible support! We wish everyone a safe, peaceful, healthy and Happy Holidays, and we cannot wait to see what the spring semester will bring!


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Jaime Lee
President, USC APAA

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association


Former video game developer turns bestselling fantasy novelist

Alumna Marie Lu planned on becoming a doctor or lawyer and pursued a degree in political science at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences while also taking classes in biological science. Then, a notice posted on a campus bulletin board stopped her in her tracks.



In memoriam: Sammy Lee, 96

Samuel “Sammy” Lee, MD ’47, Olympic diving champion, coach and doctor, died Dec. 2 due to pneumonia. He was USC’s oldest surviving Olympian. Born in Fresno to Korean immigrants, Lee became the first male diver ever to win back-to-back gold medals and at the age of 32 the oldest to win an Olympic diving title, when he won the platform competition at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.


Dang directs USC's production of Evita

After 22 years as Producing Artistic Director of East West Players, APAA Leadership Award winner Tim Dang accepted a position as adjunct professor at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Dang is directing the student production of Evita. Performances are Thursday, March 30 though Sunday, April 9 at Bing Theatre on University Park Campus.



Seasons Greetings!


APAA Young Alumni Council Michael D. Kung Memorial Scholarship

On July 5, 2016, the Trojan family lost a respected member within the Asian Pacific community. Michael D. Kung ‘14 left a lasting impact on his peers through his contributions and activism. APAA YAC hopes to raise $25,000 as a dedication to Michael’s impact and commitment to the AP community.