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NYC Lunar New Year Banquet – Thanks To All Who Attended!

A huge thank you to those who attended our Third Annual Lunar New Year Banquet! We raised $6000 and received $850 in donations and pledges on that evening.

All proceeds from the Banquet will benefit the AAAYA Yale Community Service Summer Fellowship Program. It is not too late to make your fully tax-deductible contribution! Your donation is only one click away:

AAAYA-NY would like to acknowledge Ken Inadomi, Kunduck Moon, Rocky Chin, Carol Lee, Jai Chandrasekhar, Billie Tsien, Ting Han Yik, Eric Chun, Lisa Kramer, Peter Young, Eric Ng, Alice Hom, Wei-Tai Kwok and David Lat for their generous support of our fundraising goals.


Ming Cho Lee

Set Designer Donald Oenslager Chair in Design; Co-Chair, Design Department Yale School of Drama

Kunduck Moon, ‘76 Past President of the National Board of the AAAYA

Alice Young, ‘71 Partner and Chair, Asia Pacific Group Kaye Scholer LLP

Special Guest: Maya Lin ’81, M.Arch. ’86, D.F.A. ’87 Artist/Architect

Honorees Bios

Ming Cho Lee

Ming Cho Lee has designed nationally and internationally for 50 years, for opera, dance, Broadway and regional theater, and is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the highest national award given in the arts. Other awards include the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture; Tony Award, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk Awards, many others from the theater and Chinese communities; and five honorary degrees. His work has been shown in a retrospective at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. He serves as a member of the Board of the New Forty Second Street, Inc., as well as that of the Alliance for the Development of Theatre Artists, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, and many others. He is co-chair of the design department of the Yale School of Drama, and holds the Donald Oenslager Chair in Design.

Kunduck Moon, ‘76

Kunduck Moon served as the President of Yale Club of Stamford, CT from 1990–1994; was his class representative to AYA Assembly for 3 years; served on AYA’s Board of Governors for 3 years and as Secretary; was a founding member of AAAYA and its first President from 2007 to 2010.

Mr. Moon is a Managing Director and has been the head of ING’s Investment Industry Group since 1995.  Prior to joining ING, Mr. Moon was the Managing Director in charge of Deutsche Bank’s investment industry team, and subsequently served as the Country Manager for Deutsche Bank in Mexico.  Before Deutsche Bank, he served in various roles for Citibank including coverage of the investment industry.  Mr. Moon holds a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from Columbia University (’79).

Alice Young, ‘71

Alice Young is a Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice at Kaye Scholer LLP. She advises multinationals and entrepreneurs on their business and investment activities in the United States and throughout Asia in every industry. She was the first woman and minority and the youngest to head the New York branch office of a law firm.

Ms. Young was in the first class of women graduates of Yale College, where she majored in East Asian Studies, and received a Bates Fellowship to study in Japan under Nobel Prize Winner Yasunari Kawabata. While at Yale, she was a Co-Founder of the Asian American Student Association, Dean’s and Master’s Aide of Davenport College, Third World Freshman Counselor, and the first Hawaii Recruiter for the Admissions Office. Ms. Young served on the Executive Committee of Yale College, is on the 40th Reunion Gift Committee and is an Associate Fellow of Davenport College. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the East Asian Legal Studies Program, and was a research assistant and advisor to the Admissions Committee.

Special Guest:

Maya Lin ’81, M.Arch. ’86, D.F.A. ’87 Maya Lin graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. She went on to earn her Master of Architecture degree from Yale in 1986.

From recent works such as Storm King Wavefield, Where the Land Meets the Sea and Eleven Minute Line to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Ms. Lin continuously presents innovative ways of looking at the world around us. Currently, Ms. Lin is at work on her last memorial, entitled What is Missing?, a multi-sited project which raises public awareness of the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. Her design for the new Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) at 215 Centre Street in New York City celebrated its grand opening on September 22, 2009.

Ms. Lin serves on the Board of Trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council and is a former member of the Yale Corporation and the Energy Foundation. Ms. Lin is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Barack Obama.

Photos from the Event

Credits: Year of the Rabbit logo designed by Daisuke Gatanaga ’14; event photos by James J. Sullivan; photo of Ming Cho Lee by Rebeka Bieber.

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