Center Staff

The AACC Center Staff is comprised of several teams focusing on different areas and work collaboratively with one another, our AACC Peer Liaisons, Yale staff and faculty, the greater New Haven community, and alumni.

Head Coordinators

 

Lillian Hua

Lillian Hua (Silliman ‘21)

Pronouns: she/hers

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration & Economics

Why AACC? I’m fortunate for the AACC to have been a space of immense learning and growth during my years at Yale. Despite the pandemic and our being scattered, I’m hopeful that we can continue to hold space and community for everyone who’s searching :)

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Bullet journaling, skincare

What is your favorite book or class? Decolonizing East Asia (Spring 2019)

Jennifer Qu

Jennifer Qu (Berkeley ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Sociology

Why AACC? Working at the AACC has always been about the people – to help create a space filled with warmth and laughter, where we approach one another with kindness and learn from each other’s experiences and worldviews

What is your favorite food and where do you get it? Beef noodles from Steamed (New Haven)

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Vlogging

AACC 40th Anniversary

 

Pia Gorme

Pia Gorme (Pierson ‘23)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: MB&B & History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health

Why AACC? The AACC was a huge part of my first year where I found a second home and an amazing group of people I had the pleasure to work with and get to know. I loved being able to connect with the Asian and Asian American community at Yale and welcoming everyone into a space where they can celebrate and embrace their identities. I’m excited to return on staff this year to connect with more people and show them the support, resources, and community the AACC can offer them!

What is your favorite food and where do you get it? Dinuguan w/ rice or puto cheese; At home or at a Filipino restaurant

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Listening to music & making spotify playlists, playing piano, watching tv shows/movies, working out (Chloe Ting and Betina Gozo <3), and (more recently) drawing avatar the last airbender characters

Ananya Kumar-Banerjee

Ananya Kumar-Banerjee (Berkeley ‘21)

Pronouns: they/she

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Why AACC? The AACC is a home for organizing and a place to be at home in the space that is Yale

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Drawing! Writing! Also recently took up the ukulele, but I won’t play for you because I am not good at it

What is your go-to midnight snack? Lamb shawarma with babaganoush from Mamoun’s Falafel

Alumni Engagement

 

Angelreana Choi

Angelreana Choi (Pauli Murray ‘23)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Economics & Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Why AACC? The Asian American Cultural Center is a space I feel comfortable in, and I am excited to continue to help make the AACC a welcoming virtual and in-person space to all AAPI folx, no matter where you’re from and what your ethnicity is

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Running my podcast (check it out! @homecomingpod)

What is your favorite book or class? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Saket Malhotra

Saket Malhotra (Pauli Murray ‘23)

Pronouns: he/him

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration & Environmental Science

Why AACC? I’m really excited to make the AACC a more inclusive space where students can find community and express themselves! 

What is your favorite food and where do you get it? Dhal Pura - My kitchen

What is your favorite book or class? On Activism: The Politics of Protest and Distruption

Communications and Design

 

Annelise Ayuravann Ratner

Annelise Ayuravann Ratner (Silliman ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her

Major: Film and Media Studies

Why AACC? Working at the AACC means working collaboratively to cultivate a fun, embracing, educational, and transformational community for Asian and Asian American students at Yale and our friends!

What is your favorite food and where do you get it? Kaw Sach Chrouk from my grandma :)

What is your favorite book or class? Visual Kinship: Families and Photographs

Yuka Saji

Yuka Saji (Ezra Stiles ‘22)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: English and Political Science 

Why AACC? Creating a welcoming space where Asian and Asian-American students can explore and celebrate their cultural identities

What is your go-to midnight snack? A veggiedilla from the Stiles Buttery

What is your favorite book or class? Class: Law and Gender in the Japanese Empire. Book: Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos

Historical, Artistic, and Cultural Resources

 

Nathan Kim

Nathan Kim (Pauli Murray ‘22)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration;  Statistics and Data Science

Why AACC? Learning with the people I am closest to, having the space to think and reflect slowly, and curating this process to be inclusive and liberatory for all

What is your go-to midnight snack? Buldak

What is your favorite book or class? I love Grace Cho’s “Haunting the Korean Diaspora” and George Jackson’s “Blood in My Eye”

Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee (Pauli Murray ‘23)

Pronouns: she/hers

Major: English & Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Why AACC? It means being able to work with a welcoming Asian American community that I didn’t have before going to college and expanding my imagination to what educational and organization practices can help our community (and others!) at Yale

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Making art, playing guitar, attempting every baked good imaginable

What is your favorite book or class? Beloved by Toni Morrison

Political Action and Educaton

 

Sunnie Liu

Sunnie Liu (Jonathan Edwards ‘21)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: History & Art

Why AACC? Not only is the AACC home to such a supportive, thoughtful community, but it also has provided me the space to engage in Asian American activism, studies, and self-discovery

What is your go-to midnight snack? Trader Joe’s Thai tea mini mochi (dairy free but I promise it’s addictively good)

What is your favorite book or class? Favorite book: “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy; Favorite class: Old Jim Crow, New Jim Crow

Vy Tran

Vy Tran (Branford ‘21)

Pronouns: she/hers

Major: Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

Why AACC? It means bringing intersectional and critical thinking to the AACC, a place that has felt like home to me for years now, and it means making the AACC a home for others who might need it too

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Photography, drawing, running

What is your favorite book or class? ERM 300 Comparative Ethnic Studies

Wellness and Mental Health

 

Tasnia Khan

Tasnia Khan (Pauli Murray ‘21)

Pronouns: she/hers

Major:  History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health

Why AACC? Everyone at the AACC has truly become part of my family over the past few years!  Working at the AACC allows me to grow, be vulnerable, support my community, have important conversations, eat lots of great food, and have lots of fun! The bonds everyone shares definitely go beyond the physical space, and I’m excited to see how we continue to strengthen those bonds over the 2020-21 year!

What is your go-to midnight snack? Banana ice cream

What is your favorite book or class? The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Herman Peng

Herman Peng (Grace Hopper ‘22)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Philosophy

Why AACC? An opportunity to connect with my community. Gives me a platform to impact my community directly

What’s your hobby (or hobbies)? Following Premier League soccer

What is your favorite book or class? The Great Gatsby

First-Year Coordinators

 

Resty Fufunan

Resty Fufunan (Trumbull ‘24)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Undecided (prospective ERM and Chemical Engineering)

Why AACC? The AACC allows me to join—and actively shape—a warm and welcoming community here at Yale! I’m excited to how we the center can adapt in order to continue providing spaces to explore, interrogate, and uplift our identities.

What is your favorite food and where do you get it? Phở from Chicago’s Argyle neighborhood

What is your favorite book or class? “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong

Sunehra Subah

Sunehra Subah (Berkeley ‘24)

Pronouns: she/her/সে

Major: Interested in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Why AACC? Working at the AACC means being a part of a family of all shades and colors. I’m excited to explore the duality of the Asian-American identity, and share foods, songs, traditions, and the different ways we say “I love you” with the other students here! 

What is your favorite food and where do you get it? Thai soup from Sagar Chinese, the Indian-Chinese version of one of the first successful Bangladeshi restaurants to open in NYC

What is your favorite book or class? Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah