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Congratulations to our Charter, Mr. Patrick Patulot, on his recent wedding! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. 

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(This personal submission is a part of the “No Longer Invisible: In Their Own Words” project, a story series established to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the UW.)

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My name is Ren-Kai Andrew Yeh and I identify as a Taiwanese American. I am currently in my third year at the University of Washington and majoring in Communications. Aside from my major, I was also admitted into UW’s inaugural cohort for the Entrepreneurship minor.

Throughout my time in college, I have had the opportunity to make lasting memories and build lifelong friendships. These experiences have made me a better person and I attribute that entirely to Lambda Phi Epsilon, an Asian-American fraternity that I joined in my freshman year. When I first came to UW from California, I was still unsure about how I wanted to spend my college years. I was essentially leaving all of my friends behind and starting a new life in a new city and state. Joining Lambda Phi Epsilon allowed me to not only build a community with students that I identified with, but also find a group of driven individuals whom I shared similar passions. By networking through Lambda Phi Epsilon, I was able to intern with the Associated Students of the University of Washington as the Assistant Director of the Asian Student Commission, the umbrella organization of all Asian interest organizations on campus.

Because my parents emigrated from Taiwan over 20 years ago, I would consider them more Americanized than most traditional Taiwanese parents. However, there still remain cultural values that my family finds important—the first of which is the family aspect. When I was growing up, family was considered the most important priority. If there was a family outing or event, I was not allowed to hang out with my friends. My parents wanted to reinforce the idea that even in hard times, our family would always stick together. The second aspect was respect. When I was younger, I was taught to always treat my elders with respect and greet them with a bow. Because wisdom was regarded as the most important thing a person could obtain, an individual’s age usually correlated with the level of respect. Lastly, language and identity were very important to my parents. When speaking to them, they would refuse to respond unless I spoke to them in Mandarin or Taiwanese. They wanted to make sure that even though I grew up in an American culture, I would still remember my Taiwanese heritage.

Every year, I try to visit my grandparents in Taiwan. During these visits, I would always go to the night market around my residence. These night markets would always be full of energy and have the best tasting foods. My favorite Taiwanese dish would definitely be stinky tofu because it has such a strong flavor. Essentially, the stronger the smell, the better it tastes! Aside from food, I have always enjoyed the New Year celebrations. When the clock strikes 12 on January 1st, fireworks erupt from the Taipei 101 Mall and there are always people in the streets cheering. The unique thing about the Taiwanese calendar is that it started in 1912 when the Republic of China was officially founded. This means that the country of Taiwan is only 103 years old!

Retaining my own cultural identity occasionally gets pretty difficult. Whenever I tell people that I am Taiwanese, their follow up question is usually, “So you’re like, Chinese, right?” To be honest, this question used to bother me to no end. When I was growing up, my parents always told me that I was Taiwanese and to stay proud of my heritage. As a result, my usual response is to disagree and explain how Taiwan is a separate country from China. However, when a lot of people equate Taiwan with China, it gets tiring trying to explain how they are different. My advice when faced with this question would be to think about the ethnic group that fits your identify. It is important to never stop being proud of where your family originates and to your own self-identity.

It is important for the AAPI community to be visible because of how rapidly our community is growing. A few decades ago, the voices of the AAPI community were easily drowned out and it was difficult to be heard by the public. However, today’s society is completely different. Organizations such as Lambda Phi Epsilon and the Asian Student Commission have united the AAPI community both internationally and locally and allowed us to collectively promote our opinions and create change. Thus, one of the major issues that I think the AAPI community needs to be aware about is political activism. Even though our community has strong opinions about many issues, a large number of people choose not to vote or are not aware about how to register. This creates a problem because voting is the ultimate deciding factor. My vision for the AAPI community is for us to be more involved in politics. Whether it’s simply just voting or even running for public office, I believe that the AAPI community has the potential to become a powerful force in America.

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Our chapter is very thankful to attend Lambda Phi Epsilon’s 2014 National Convention in Orlando, Florida. (Bryan Dosono & Gabriel Dumbrique)

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Our chapter is very thankful to attend Lambda Phi Epsilon’s 2014 National Convention in Orlando, Florida. (Bryan Dosono & Gabriel Dumbrique)

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#LPhiE Brother Roland Arii wows the crowd with his vocal talent while performing for Chi Sigma Alpha Sorority’s Music 4 Life Benefit Concert, co-hosted by Lambda Phi Epsilon’s very own Gary Ho and Josh Chen.

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Be sure to purchase your Music 4 Life tickets! The show takes place this Friday and features David Choi! Also, Lambdas have not performed for Music 4 Life since 2008 so be sure to support our very own Mr. Roland Arii, who will be singing “Hold On, We’re Going Home!” The proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Experimental Educational Unit.

Be sure to purchase your Music 4 Life tickets! The show takes place this Friday and features David Choi! Also, Lambdas have not performed for Music 4 Life since 2008 so be sure to support our very own Mr. Roland Arii, who will be singing “Hold On, We’re Going Home!” The proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Experimental Educational Unit.

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Fundraised by selling Cinnabon at the HUB Lawn! Thanks to everyone who stopped by out booth at Bite of Asia & Taste of the Pacific Islands today! 

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Congrats to UW ChiSigs on the installation of their newest Phi Class. Welcome to Greek life!

Congrats to UW ChiSigs on the installation of their newest Phi Class. Welcome to Greek life!

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Winter Quarter 2014 In Review

Lambdas power through Winter quarter by hosting a national event (Midyear 2014), crossing a large class (Alpha Alpha), and voting on critical legislation impacting the international student body. The chapter was also lauded for its wide range of service events, ranging from its advocacy work at the MLK Day of Service to spending time with elderly at the local nursing home.

(View our fall quarter recap here).

01-10-2014 | Fall 2013 Alpha Alpha Class Crossing
01-11-2014 | Hosted ΛΦΕ Midyear Conference
01-14-2014 | Rush: Fondue Night with ΣΨΖ
01-17-2014 | Rush: Hosted Game Night with ΧΣΑ
01-18-2014 | Rush: Kickback with αΚΔΦ
01-20-2014 | Service: Rallied for MLK Day of Service with United Way of King County
01-24-2014 | Hosted Family Potluck with Alumni, Actives, and Lil Sis
01-29-2014 | Supported ASUW’s “Through Our Eyes” Showcase at the Ethnic Cultural Center
02-02-2014 | Hosted Superbowl Viewing Party at Lambda House
02-03-2014 | Attended Chinese Student Association’s Chinese New Year Gala
02-08-2014 | Presented Sunset Stories at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival
02-09-2014 | Brotherhood: Winter Retreat 2014
02-12-2014 | Attended Leadership Workshop at Ethnic Cultural Center
02-18-2014 | Attended ASUW ASC’s Winter Social at HUB
02-19-2014 | Supported αΚΔΦ’s 2014 New Member Presents
02-21-2014 | Fundraiser: Sold Cinnabons at the 26th Annual ASC Talent Show
02-28-2014 | Social: Eval-U-Date with ΧΣΑ, αΚΔΦ, and ΣΨΖ
03-02-2014 | Service: Hot Chocolate Run for Ronald McDonald House Charities
03-04-2014 | Performed at FASA’s Open Mic
03-05-1014 | Social: House Mixer with ΛΘΑ
03-06-2014 | Service: API Chaya’s Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness
03-08-2014 | Athletics: Participated in CSA/JSA/VSA’s Sports Day
03-09-2014 | Attended UGC’s Potluck and Movie Night
03-09-2014 | Brotherhood: Mudbowl 2014
03-11-2014 | Service: Seattle Keiro Rehabilitation and Care Center of Nikkei Concerns
03-12-2014 | Advocacy: Voted in the Resolution for the Reversal of the International Student Fee in ASUW Senate