Asian American Student Assoc. Hosts Events for Students from Trinity and Across State

Group Welcomes Students to International Student Awareness Night and Intercollegiate Asian American Night

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 13, 2017—Trinity College’s Asian American Student Association (AASA) recently hosted its first International Student Awareness Night to help raise awareness of the experiences of international students. The October 27 event in Mather Hall’s Terrace Rooms featured student panelists Jennifer Nguyen ’18, Hamna Tariq ’20, Farhan Rozaidi ’20, Yinjie (Gavin) Xu ’21, Dengkui (Heric) Huang ’19, and Mallika Khanna ’18.

​(Above) The AASA's International Student Awareness Night:(back, left to right) Stacy Lam ’19, Hannah Reichert ’18, Felix Cavan ’18, Quinn Luong ’21, Ethan Yang ’20, Dominique Ramsawak ’18, Jitty Synn ’19, Jeffrey Sagun ’21, Andrew Lee ’20, International Student Adviser Katharine Clair, (front, left to right) Yinjie Xu ’21 (Gavin), Dengue Huang ’19 (Heric), Jennifer Nguyen ’18, Hamna Tariq ’20, Farhan Rozaidi ’20, and Mallika Khanna ’18. (Below) Members of the Trinity AASA, the CCSU Japanese American Culture Club, the Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective, and the UConn Thai Lao Cambodian Student Association and Filipino Student Association gathered for the second Intercollegiate Asian American Night at Trinity.

International Student Adviser Katharine Clair spoke at the gathering about some of the legal and social obstacles international students face, ranging from visa applications to culture shock. The panel discussed various solutions to address the challenges of living in a new environment.

The panel also brought up the commonly held perception amongst international students that the United States is a land of limitless liberty. Rozaidi said that coming from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, America was like a “fairytale land.” Nguyen said that, compared to Vietnam, America had unprecedented opportunities in employment and career paths. Tariq added that her perceptions of America came from television shows such as “Gossip Girl.”

Panelists suggested finding more ways to expose students to different venues in the city of Hartford, which some students do not explore early in their undergraduate careers. AASA leaders said that the discussion had merely scratched the surface of the realities of international student life, but they were inspired by the information they gathered.

AASA also recently hosted its second annual Intercollegiate Asian American Night. In attendance at Hamlin Hall on November 3 were the Central Connecticut State University Japanese American Culture Club, the Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective, the University of Connecticut Thai Lao Cambodian Student Association and Filipino Student Association, as well as Trinity’s own AASA. The event organizers intended to provide a space where students from across the state could meet, enjoy a meal together, and discuss ways to create a more Asian-friendly Connecticut.