Viet Thanh Nguyen Wins Pulitzer Prize for Novel, ‘The Sympathizer’

April 19th, 2016

Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor at one of the world’s leading private research universities, University of Southern California. He released his debut novel, “The Sympathizer” in 2015, which tells the story of a half Vietnamese and half French officer in the Southern Vietnamese military and also a Northern Vietnamese spy. His work has been awarded with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016 and is the New York Time’s 100 notable books of 2015. Read more

Housing & Architecture to Refining the Culinary Arts

March 24th, 2016


(Dain Lee, second from left)

Dain Lee, an alumnus of the Zeta Chapter at New York University, recently participated as a competitor on Food Network’s All-Star Academy, in which he worked with his mentor/celebrity chef, Curtis Stone, to refine his culinary skills as they both underwent intense challenges.

In addition to being a talented home cook, he is an established and licensed real estate broker who has worked with the Corcoran Group for 10 years. Lee’s passion for engaging with people from all walks of life has allowed him to develop interpersonal relationships with his clients through his sincerity and integrity.

First Asian American Supreme Court Justice?

March 14th, 2016

U.S. Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan is pictured in this undated file photo courtesy of the United States Department of Justice. President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on February 13, 2016. Among those the administration could turn to are Srinivasan, who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since May 2013; Jacqueline Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American who has been a judge on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since May 2012; Paul Watford, an African-American who is also a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Jane Kelly, a white woman and former public defender who has served on the St. Louis, Missouri-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since April 2013. United States Department of Justice/Handout via Reuters/Files ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX26TOP

Sri Srinivasan is a member on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit and may potentially be President Obama’s leading choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. If this were to happen, he would be the first Asian American to be a part of the high court, according to the Washington Post.

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Brother Spotlight: University of Buffalo, State University of New York

March 10th, 2016


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Brayan Lopez,  who was inducted in Fall 2009 at the Beta Chapter, University of Buffalo, was featured on the campus website promoting the benefits of donating.

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Legal NYC and Asian Americans for Equality vs. King Henry Realty Inc.

March 9th, 2016

It is essential that living conditions are sufficient enough to provide a place to sleep and rest and feel safe in our own personal space. Residents of 173 Henry St in Chinatown, New York, however, were exposed to illegal and dangerous actions by their landlord, King Henry Realty Inc., according to William Xu, a member of the Asian Americans for Equality and a well-respected brother of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. To provide a voice for the residents, Xu, along with members of the 173 Henry St. Tenant Association, rallied at Foley Square to raise awareness and protest against poor living conditions at the building. From there, Xu provided an overview of the health risks posed on the residents at 173 Henry St. and pointed out the unlawful actions of King Realty Inc.

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