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AAAYA NorCal Spring Dinner 3/21 in San Francisco with YaleGlobal Online editor Nayan Chanda and Yale

The Northern California chapter of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA NorCal) invites you to attend an informal dinner with Nayan Chanda, editor of YaleGlobal Online and Yale Professor Marian Chertow.  Connect with fellow Asian Yale Alumni, learn more about AAAYA NorCal activities and meet Kameka Dempsey, AYA Director for Shared Interest Groups.

We would also like to highly encourage you to sign up at to attend the Yale Redpath seminar “The Future of Asia” earlier in the day on March 21 at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco.  For seminar attendees, there are less expensive public parking options nearby such as the public garages at Union Square (333 Post St) & Sutter Stockton (444 Stockton St). 

The AAAYA NorCal Spring Dinner will be at Oriental Pearl Restaurant in San Francisco Chinatown, a few hours after the conclusion of the Yale Redpath Seminar, separately held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.  The evening promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable opportunity to mingle and chat with these distinguished Asia experts, who will be the featured speakers on “The Future of Asia,” this year’s Redpath Seminar.

AAAYA NorCal Spring Dinner, March 21, 7 pm at Oriental Pearl Restaurant (760 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108).  Estimated dinner cost: $20 + tax & tip (Drinks not Included)

RSVP now as seating is limited (available on a first come, first served basis) to David Yu (AAAYA NorCal Event Co-Chair for Spring Dinner 2009) at (click here to reveal email address) with names & food preference (non-vegetarian or vegetarian).  Significant others are welcome to attend.  Also for those looking for a place to go between the end of the Yale Redpath Seminar and the start of the AAAYA NorCal Spring Dinner, Wayne Lew has kindly offered to open up his home in San Francisco.  Please let David know whether or not you will plan to stop by Wayne Lew’s home.


Yale Professor Amy Chua also has been invited but we will not know her availability until closer to the event so check back later at for the most recent details.

*  Nayan Chanda is Director of Publications & Editor of YaleGlobal Online Magazine at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, author of numerous books on Asia politics and a former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly.  He continues to write a fortnightly column “Bound Together” in India's BusinessWorld magazine and Singapore Straits Times.

*  Marian Chertow is an Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management and has been Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 1991.  Prior to Yale, she spent ten years in environmental business and state and local government, including service as President of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority.

*  Amy Chua is John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale University, a NY Times best selling author and a former attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton focused on international transactions throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America, including the privatization of Telefonos de Mexico.

For more detailed bios of the guests above go to, select Current Program then select Faculty. 

Also attending will be Kameka Dempsey, Director for Shared Interest Groups for the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA).


Interested in joining AAAYA? There is no membership fee; register now at


Interested in helping out on AAAYA NorCal committees?  Please contact Wayne Lew (AAAYA NorCal Volunteers Chair) at (click here to reveal email address) and let Wayne know your interests, how you would like to become more involved and your contact info.

This is a great time to join and participate in AAAYA.  The Northern California chapter of AAAYA recently held its organizational meeting in February.  35 Yale alumni spanning four decades met and volunteered to launch AAAYA NorCal.  There are many opportunities to participate, including the planning of dinners with interesting speakers such as this.  Among the rewarding activities later this year is a community service day on Angel Island.  We still need volunteers to help out with planning summer, fall and holiday events plus other activities inspired by our vision.  So, make your mark on the direction of AAAYA NorCal.  Get involved!


March 21st – AAAYA NorCal Spring Dinner with Redpath Seminar Speakers and AYA SIG Director at Oriental Pearl Restaurant in San Francisco.  RSVP to David Yu at (click here to reveal email address)

May 16th – AAAYA NorCal Yale Day of Service Day at Angel Island (More details coming later at  Email Wei-Tai Kwok at (click here to reveal email address) if you are interested in participating.)

Summer – AAAYA NorCal summer event

Fall – AAAYA NorCal fall event

Holiday – AAAYA NorCal holiday event


The Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA) is a volunteer-run, membership based organization that provides a vehicle for Yale University alumni to promote the civic participation, leadership and service of Asian Americans and Asians at Yale and in the broader society.

It pursues its mission by developing programs on campus and in communities in need through the following types of activities:

  1. Support diversity and equal opportunity at Yale University

  2. Strengthen student-alumni programs such as student externships and Life-after-Yale

  3. Strengthen the leadership role and contributions of Asian American students and alumni at Yale and in society

  4. Advocate for and support Asian American studies at Yale

  5. Support student programs such as fellowships, internships, scholarships, prizes & volunteer opportunities

  6. Support the Yale Asian American Cultural Center and its programs and initiatives

  7. Support Asian American and other underserved communities through funded internships & other programs

  8. Help further Yale’s mission and place in the world

  9. Convene gatherings and conferences addressing issues of interest and concern to Alumni of Asian descent

  10. Strengthen ties with other Yale alumni groups, faculty and outstanding Asian American Yale alumni

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