President: Jing Wang
Third Year Business Economics and Film
The community aspect of ACA has meant the most to me. Through ACA, I found a group of people who I feel great to hang out and work with. We are all willing to contribute our enthusiasm and energy for the betterment of the organization, and we are open to each other’s suggestions. I learned how to trust other people and how to shoulder the trust by not letting people down. ACA also gave me the opportunity to connect with the actual Chinese American community in Chinatown by having CEC events such as Amazing Chinatown Race and Project CAPHE. I definitely gained more than I expected from being on staff last year.
External Vice President: David Wright
Third Year Global Studies
Many moments in ACA have been extremely memorable, but the most vivid of them all is Ski Trip. This is the one event where ACA staff, members, and any college student can bond on a 4 day epic Lake Tahoe round trip. The 2016 Ski Trip was no exception. Not only did I tune up my horrible snowboarding skills, I also meet a whole new range of UCLA students I wouldn't have known otherwise. However, most importantly, it was the best way for ACA staff to sum up a quarters worth of hard work and celebrate nonetheless in the most traditionally ACA way possible: an outlandish cabin party. Hopefully the 2017 Ski Trip will be just as memorable as the last!
Treasurer: Dan Sui
Third Year Financial Actuarial Mathematics
My favorite memory each of the past two years has been CACN. Nothing can beat seeing a year's work come together in one of the largest displays of Chinese American culture on UCLA's grandest stage. The sheer number of people involved, from ACA Staff to CN Board and Talent and all of our ACA aspects, testifies to the magnitude of this event, and the amount of effort we each contribute shows our committment to the larger Chinese-American community. Our work is validated when we see over 800 audience members visibly touched by the emotions that our show conveys. When audience members leave Royce Hall with teary eyes, we know we've done our work.
Publicity Chair: Jenny Huang
Second year Pre-Business Economics
My favorite ACA memory?? Definitely has to be my first event at CHF (Chinese Heritage Festival). I loved the whole atmosphere ACA captured; everyone was so welcoming and I had lots of fun! It was the reason I stayed in ACA as well. (-:
Community Empowerment Chair: Sirena Liu
Second Year Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures Major
Favorite Memory: When I volunteered for Firecracker Run, a bunch of staffers and I were joking about making ACA-pella, and we started singing an acapella version of Since You've Been Gone. It was really funny until we realized we sang through the national anthem...
Post-Undergraduate Liaison Clifford Zhang
Second year Biochemistry
My favorite memory would have to be Ski Trip. The snow conditions and weather were perfect. The cabin party was truly legendary although it ended a little early for me. That is what really got me involved in ACA and where I got to know staff as well as many of my friends and future interns.
Athletic Director: Daniel Go
Fourth Year Economics
My favorite ACA memory was our intern retreat because during this weekend stretch, I’ve got the opportunity to really bond with our future rooster staff. The activities we went through together allowed us to be comfortable with ourselves in front of the people who we’ll be working closely with. I never imagined myself hiking and participating in group activities while it was pouring rain. However, because of the rain, mud and our perseverance, we’ve built long lasting trust and friendship. During this weekend retreat, it was a nice moment for both monkey and future rooster staff to bond and to create ever lasting memories.
General Representative: Jing Huang
Second Year Psychology
The first tailgate event has been the most memorable to me in my ACA experience. As a freshman, I was looking for an organization where I could feel welcomed in, and ACA provided me with that sense of inclusion and comfort. I remember meeting my ACA mom at the event when she came over to introduce herself. We ended up chatting for a long time, and she told us all about her own stories as well as experiences within the club. Ultimately, this was what reaffirmed me that ACA was exactly what I was looking for.
Cultural Chair: Michelle Xu
Second Year Undeclared Life Science
My favorite memory happened at Intern Retreat, when we completed our hike through the drizzle and mud and puddles, and sat down to eat lunch. A few of us sheltered inside an old, rusty truck to eat - there were cobwebs, and a mouse squeaking and running around the truck (prompting us all to clutch our soggy food all the more fiercely), and old tires inside for us to sit on. I looked around and saw people with garishly colored ponchos running around in the rain, people fighting for a spot inside an old shack, and others just standing around eating their food. It was such a bizarre scene, I couldn't help but laugh and wonder how I could have gotten myself into such a crazy situation.
Historian: Tyler Shum
Second Year Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
The internship process has come to define my time in ACA. Before I became a staffer, I struggled with understanding why I’ve put so much effort into the internship process and what am I really getting out of ACA. The more I’ve worked with my fellow interns and attended more events, I’ve slowly identified why I’m still here. For me at least, I’m in ACA for the people. The aspect of ACA that has meant so much to me is the people I’ve gotten close to, worked with, and in some cases even fought with. Its clichéd really, but I’ve found that in the experiences I’ve had with people, I also learned a bit about myself in the process. For me, that’s an extremely formative experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Whether it’s my family members, fellow, interns, and even staffers and alumni, I’m glad to have had the chance to learn from them and develop a relationship with them. So during my time in ACA, I think the organization is defined by the people. So I work hard for the people. Because there are some good people in ACA that have helped me out. And that means a lot to me.
Social Media Marketing Chair: Michael Dao
Third Year Psychobiology Major
Favorite ACA memory: All of the people in college I consider to be my closest friends, I met in ACA. This org taught me a lot about who I am and gave me great opportunities to learn and grow. If I could go back, my only with is that I would have gotten involved in ACA sooner. In some way or another ACA has had a hand in forming some of the best relationships I have here at UCLA.
Fundraising Chair: Michael Chen
Second Year Business Economics
My favorite memory in ACA is without a doubt the first family night. It was such a great opportunity at the beginning of my college career to reach out and meet so many new people. The great part was that the families were split into groups with similar interests meaning that you all had some common factor to bond over. Some of these people have become my closest friends over the course of the year and I'm insanely grateful to have been able to meet them!
Sponsorship Chair: Priscilla Wu
Many people say that making friends in college is the easiest time it’ll ever be, but after a whole quarter of the repetitive “What’s your major and where are you from” and broken promises of “Let’s definitely hang out”, the task of making actual friends appeared to be much tougher than suggested. ACA’s ski trip was the first solid opportunity I received to make friends not just for those four days, but for my future as a UCLA student. The socializing at ski trip forced you to break through the shallow layer of “Wow I also like dogs!” and delve into deeper conversations that ordinary social situations would constrict.
Publicity Chair: Vivian Liu
Second Year Undeclared
Favorite ACA memory: ACA Hunger Games. It was a really great opportunity to get to know everyone! Throwing water balloons at each other was incredibly fun :)
General Representative: Doreen Chang
Second Year Business Economics and Financial Actuarial Math
Family nights in general definitely define a few of my favorite memories in ACA as well as my college experience. Through the family system I’ve developed close friendships, gained guidance, and experienced what I looked forward to in college and so much more. My ACA family was a home away from home and was a refuge amidst my academic stress; I couldn't ask for a better one :)
Culture Night Producer: Rochelle Yee
Third Year History
My name is Rochelle Yee and I'm a 3rd year History major. CACN has meant the most to me because it gave me the biggest sense of community as an intern and even as stage manager. By being so hands on with such a big production, the experience really helped me feel the impact of working together with a group of people to show what it means to be a Chinese American. Not only does the show showcase our biculturality, it also serves as a way to share a message with our community, whether this message turns out to be a message of finding support within community or even the message of generational gap between parents and their children. Additionally, CACN gives Chinese Americans an opportunity to represent ourselves in a way that we are usually underrepresented, which is in the entertainment industry, while also showcasing elements and themes of our culture.
Historian: Kevin Jin
2nd year Electrical Engineering major.
My favorite memory of ACA was the first family night, where I got to meet my family and parents for the first time. My family members were surprisingly similar to myself, and by the end of the night we were a lot closer than I expected. Some of the people (and my parents) I met then are still close friends now!! It was my first experience with ACA and was definitely the most memorable.
Athletic Director: Jeremy Phan
Second year Stats and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
What's up ACA! My time here has been filled with unforgettable moments, most notably working behind the scenes of CACN. From stage-ninja(ing) to ushering and flashing a smile, it brought everyone together and got those family vibes going. Looking forward to all the events for this year!
Secretary: Sam Lee
Second Year Statistics and Math
My favorite memory of ACA took place during the dead of night. It was roughly 12AM and most of my newly cemented friends in ACA looked half dead. An ominous dim light hung above us, almost reminiscent of some 90’s era Korean mobster film. Before I could slip back into silently chanting, “B Café, B Café, B Café,” our stage director menacingly stepped forward and yelled at us to redo the scene. My fellow ACA comrades slowly shuffled to their stations, grumbling all the while, and pantomimed grabbing onto something. For 2 hours, it felt like we were caught in a time loop. The grumbles, the sadly pantomimed performance of tired friends, and the constant chants for a B Café sandwich…it was like a nightmare gone right. Although prepping for CACN (Chinese American Culture Night) felt like something the Europeans faced with the Bubonic Plague; the bonds I formed with my fellow half-dead ACA members, and the final product of CACN was what made that night legendary, and that is why it will always remain, to this day, as my favorite memory in ACA.
Social Chair: Alexander Ham
Second Year Biology
A lot of my most cherished memories from my first year in college came from the ACA Ski Trip. The amount of friends I had in ACA nearly doubled after those four days. Coming from Minnesota, the trip to Lake Tahoe gave me my first experience skiing on actual mountains. Exploring the skiing trails for the first time with such a fun group of friends was amazing. The day after skiing was equally as fun, as I got to grow even closer to the others in my cabin. After finally going home for winter break, I secretly wished that I was still at Lake Tahoe with my new friends. I am already anticipating how fun next year's Ski Trip will be!