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Asian-American Appreciation Club returns after 2-year hiatus

Derek Yfante
Triple AC staff photo including Alicia Nguyen, Ava Palacio, Janelle Zanger, Phuong Hoang, Korey Rivera, Myla Rin, Daniel Yu, and Ava Nazareno.

Asian American Appreciation Club (Triple AC) is a returning campus club dedicated to celebrating and learning about different Asian cultures. After being gone for two years due to a decline in participation or overall presence as a result of COVID, Senior Daniel Yu brought it back due to unexpected interest from peers. Triple AC meets every other Wednesday during lunch in classroom K-13.

 During an ICC meeting for Wellness Club, senior Myla Rin approached Yu to ask if he would bring the club back, especially after students like Ava Palacio also showed interest in being an officer. 

Triple AC’s officers include President Daniel Yu, Vice President Korey Rivera, Treasurer Ava Palacio,  Secretary Ava Nazareno, Myla Rin and Alicia Nguyen as public relations officers, and history department teacher Phuong Hoang as their adviser and Janelle Zanger as their ASB liaison.

“It really became like a snowball of other people who were interested,” said Yu.

Initially, it was Rivera who wanted to start the club and be president, but it was a matter of who had more time to make that big of a commitment.

“I wanted to bring Triple AC back because I wanted people to be more aware of Asian culture and all of the interesting things in it… as an Asian American myself I wanted to encourage people to be more involved in their own culture, and also take the time to learn about other cultures,” said Rivera.

Triple AC has an alternating schedule where they have meetings every other Wednesday. The weeks they don’t have meetings, they stay active by posting infographics that cover Asian culture in the media.

The first infographic post went up on Oct 11. and covered the history of potstickers. The post was made by Yu and provided information such as the origin, folklore, and commonly shared beliefs of the dish in Chinese food culture. The post also clarified the distinction between potstickers and gyoza, established the differences, explained how the dishes are made, and how they’re from different cultures entirely. 

“As a group, we like the history of Asian food idea because it’s digestible, relatively easy, and simple, fitting content,” said Yu.

Starting in January, students will be able to pre-order Lunar New Year grams from the club, which would include temporary tattoos, red envelope cards with a message on them, and assorted candies. 

Triple AC President Daniel Yu discusses the club’s new Lunar New Year grams that will be available for pre-order starting January
(Julissa Fernandez)

As for future events, Triple AC has been known in the past for showing movies with Asian casts, Asian directors and relating to Asian culture. Since these events were such a big hit Triple AC hopes to continue this tradition with new movies in mind. 

“A really big draw would be ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’… I think it would be a great movie to show, it would be a big draw-in with students but I don’t think it would fly with admin,” said Yu.

For more information about meetings, infographics, future events and fundraisers check out Triple AC’s Instagram on @wchs_tripleac.

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