On May 16, 2009, AAAYA joined hundreds of other Yale alumni organizations for the first annual Yale Day of Service. Over 180 volunteers participated in AAAYA sponsored volunteer sites in in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Thanks to everyone who made this day such a great success!

Azan Kung led the Los Angeles effort and produced this short video on the day’s events at the Little Tokyo volunteer site:

Pictures from New York, Southern California (Los Angeles), Chicago, and Northern California (San Francisco) are below:

New York: Yung Wing School

Over 100 Yale alums and Brooklyn Tech high school students spent the day at the Yung Wing School in NYC’s Chinatown scanning books in the library, preparing class materials, and planting in the garden. The Yung Wing School is named after Yung Wing, Yale Class of 1854 and the first Chinese graduate of any American university.

Southern California: Little Tokyo

Eighteen Yale alumni volunteered at the Little Tokyo Service Center’s San Tai San (3 on 3) basketball tournament for kids ranging from 7 to 12 years old. Volunteers setup courts and booths and supervised the day’s activities.

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Chicago Day of Service – Keep Chinatown Beautiful

AAAYA partnered with the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), Yale Club of Chicago,  Alderman Danny Solis and Ward 25. Fifty volunteers helped with street clean-up & flower planting on Wentworth Avenue along the sidewalks of a bustling ethnic community.

Northern California – Angel Island

Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay and regarded as the “Ellis Island of the West,” Angel Island Immigration Station was routinely the first stop for immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean between 1910 and 1940. It is an important part of California and Asian American history, with incomparable vistas of the Bay.

Twenty six alumni volunteered to clean, weed, and prepare for a poetry reading that was held the following day.  Volunteers also got a tour of the recently reopened immigration station.

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