Asian American Cultural Affairs

Asian American Cultural Affairs is committed to working closely with students, faculty, and staff to advocate for Asian American student interests, concerns, and needs. The office also provides resources for individual empowerment and success; builds community; and creates social, cultural, and educational programming for and about Asian American experiences.

The office works to provide you with a place for exploration of identity issues, opportunities for mentoring, and the development of leadership skills, while supporting your personal and academic achievements.

For us, "Asian American" includes a vast spectrum of ethnic heritages: Southeast Asian, West Asian (Arab or Middle Eastern), South Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, Central Asian, Hapa and those who identify as multiracial. We want students to understand that Asia and the Pacific Islands stretch from the Philippines to Palestine, and Mongolia to Hawai'i.

Every year the office collaborates with the Asian Student Organization (ASO) to bring groundbreaking artists to campus; produce Columbia's coolest student-run magazine, Chi Tea; coordinate outings, film screenings, and social events; organize student performance and visual art showcases; and much more! All our events are open to the entire Columbia community. We hope you will join us on this journey of exploration!

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Ramona Gupta
Coordinator of Asian American Cultural Affairs
Multicultural Affairs | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor

Asian Student Organization

Welcome to Columbia and the Asian Student Organization (ASO)--the place to be when in search of your creative ohana (family)!

Ohana is our motto in ASO and in the office of Asian American Cultural Affairs; we're comrades working to bridge cultural gaps and build solidarity with each other.

We hope to work, love, and support you in all your life's endeavors.

Asian Student Organization (ASO) Meetings
Every Tuesday, 5:30pm
Multicultural Affairs | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor

Connect with us!

ASO Facebook groupASO Twitter page



Damaly "D.K." Keo | President

K'ea Times | Vice President

Leilani Do | Secretary

Daniel Thao | Multimedia Manager

Jasmine Hart | Creative Director

Taylor Price | SOC Rep

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Event Calendar

Coming soon!

Our website got a redesign in August 2014, so we'll soon be adding more resources to this page, including

  • Upcoming events
    • Food for Thought Lunch 'n' Learn series
    • Ohana APIA Student Leadership Retreat (October)
    • Native Tongues (November)
    • BLEND (November & March)
    • Lunar New Year Celebration (February)
    • Asian American Leadership Forum (February)
    • Midwest Asian American Student Union conference (March)
    • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming (April)
  • Ohana Peer Mentorship Program
  • Asian American Cultural Affairs and Multicultural Affairs lending library
  • Staff and student leader profiles
  • Chi Tea magazine
  • Community resources
  • Photo gallery

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