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FASA Freshmen Orientation Meet and Greet

On August 27th, FASA organized a meet and greet gathering for the FASA’17!

We had a great time getting to know all of the freshmen and introducing ourselves. It was a lovely start of the semester!

Let’s welcome our new members:

Mikaela Reyes from THE PHILIPPINES
Roxie Chuang from TAIWAN
Asad Hassanali from SINGAPORE
Han Ming How “Hans” from MALAYSIA
Austin Pham from VIETNAM
Jason Wangsadinata from INDONESIA
Cindy Horng from THAILAND
Alison Lam from HONG KONG
Maria Ma from CHINA
Shingo Umehara from JAPAN
and Hyerin Lee from KOREA

Here are some photos of the new (and old) faces:IMG_9629 Co-chair Ga Eun Yoo’14 gave a short speech about FASA.






Photo creds: Eki Ramadhan’16

Special thanks to German Haus for providing the space for us!

Tea Time with Professor Schwarcz

On April 16, 2013, Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies invited the Freeman Asian scholars on campus to tea with her in the Freeman East Asian Studies Center to discuss the current state of the Freeman Asian Scholar program and its future. Turnout was good, as  26 of Freeman scholars, from varying class years and different countries attended. The conversation was very fruitful, and Professor Schwarcz shared many valuable insights about the program and ideas for future projects. The topics discussed were as follows:

I)  The Contributions of Freeman Scholars

Professor Schwarcz complimented Freeman Scholars on their intelligence and creativity and believe they made valuable contributions to her classes.

II) History of the Freeman Asian Scholar Program

Professor Schwarcz shared how Mansfield Freeman, who lived during a time of weakened US-China relations saw a need to reconnect the USA with China and Asia in order for the West to learn about Asia. Hence, he provided support to Wesleyan’s East Asian Studies program.

Meanwhile Houghton “Buck” Freeman, Mr. Mansfield’s son who was born and grew up in Asia, had a vision of how much Asian countries would benefit from their youth receiving a liberal arts education as rigorous as the one he received at Wesleyan. He thus set up the Freeman Foundation and started the Freeman Asian Scholarship program to provide scholarships to outstanding students from 11 different East and Southeast Asian countries.

III) Aims of the Freeman Asian Scholar Program

a)    Cultivating young Asian leaders capable of critical thinking and knowledgeable about America.

b)   Providing these young Asian leaders with the opportunity to broaden their personal and intellectual horizons through a liberal arts education  at Wesleyan and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to effectively serve their homelands in the future.

c)    To enhance the cultural and intellectual diversity of the Wesleyan student body.

IV) Current Challenges

Professor Schwarcz shared about some of the current challenges the program is facing, such as the financial sustainability  of the program in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.

V) Cultivating Allies

Professor Schwarcz stressed the need to cultivate allies of the Freeman Asian Scholarship program, both on campus and off, who could contribute in various ways to the future sustainability of the program.

VI) Freeman Alumni Engagement

Professor Schwarcz emphasized the importance of cultivating relations with Freeman Asian scholar alumni. Some of the suggestions on how to do so were:

a)    WeSeminars presented by people connected to the Freeman program

b)   Alumni newsletter

VII) 20th Anniversary of the Freeman Asian scholar program

The Freeman program will be turning 20 in Fall 2015! Professor Schwarcz suggested producing a souvenir book to commemorate the occasion. The book should be well designed and can incorporate submissions from alumni. Preparations for the 20th anniversary should commence now. The 20th anniversary can be a cause around which to rally Freeman alumni support and reengage them actively.

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Minute taken by Hannah Ang ’16, edited by Julian Theseira ’14

FASA’s Karaoke Event!

March 30th, 2013

This semester, FASA Exco is trying to be creative with events. On 3/30, we organized the very first FASA Karaoke night! More than 25 members, even several senior thesis writers, attended this 3 hours long singing event. Thank you AAA for providing the space!

Thanks to Victor Goh’15, our karaoke set up expert, we were able to have a great time together!  We had:

  1. Three wireless microphones 
  2. A remote control system to select numerous songs
  3. Songs of ANY language, ANY period!
  4. Screen displaying upcoming songs
  5. Speakers with bass for background music

Here are some highlights of the event:


Yummy snacks prepared by Exco


Our lovely sophomore and freshmen


Francis ’13 (Taiwan) and Hannah ’16 (Philippines)


Gavin ’13 (Singapore) came for his favorite singer Anita Mui


Abraham ’13(Malaysia) and Victor ’16 (Singapore) sang along while managing the karaoke station (not an easy task)


Chun Kit ’15 (Malaysia), Tony ’16 (Taiwan), Tuan ’16 (Vietnam) and Kotaro ’16 (Japan) had a great time singing together


All of our Filipino Freemans (Reese’ 13, Marianna ’15, Leo ’14 and Hannah ’16) came… Filipinos truly LOVE karaoke


Taiwanese (Leslie ’15 and Tony ’16) also had a great time singing 五月天!


Current Co-Chair (Ga Eun ’14) and our beloved previous Co-Chair (Lin ’14) decided to sing Skyfall together


The last song…


We had a great time with our FASA friends and it was fun singing in so many languages (Mandarin, Japanese, Malay etc).  Thank you for coming! We hope to organize it again next year!

Stay tuned for our next special event (it’s going to be unexpected!)

Potluck and Elections Spring 2013 + Discussion

Two weeks have passed since the Spring semester started, and this Friday Freeman scholars gathered and enjoyed conversations over warm home-cooked food.

at the end of this potluck event, new Freeman Asian Scholars Association committee members were elected:

Co-chair : Julian Theseira ’14

Financial Affairs Committee : Tony Lee ’16

Public Alumni Relations Committee : Victor Goh ’16

Social Activities Committee : Angela Lo ’14



Freeman Scholars sharing rich food culture with each other



Victor Goh ’16 making a speech as he has been nominated for FASA committee


In addition to traditional potluck Elections, we had a discussion where we exchanged ideas on how we can step forward as FASA community. Now the history of Freeman Scholarship has been built up, and this discussion also served as an opportunity for every one of us to reflect on what it means to be a freeman scholar. I am hoping that the conversations on these topics will be continued throughout our college careers and ideas of each one of us be translated into actions in each way.


Thank you very much again for an inspiring night. Stay warm (It’s been snowing on and off) and stay tuned for coming events!

FASA Late Night Sale 2012

November 11th 2012

In spite of the Sandy’s approach to middletown, Class of 2016 took an initiative of an annual Late Night Sale, serving delicious cuisines which represented some of their home countries. We raised $700 this year!The proceeds from this Late Night Sale goes to FASA scholarship. Thank you all very much for coming out on the Sunday night!


Egg Tarts from Hong Kong

Okonomiyaki (cabbage pancake) from Japan

People enjoying the taste of Asia (A lot of people showed up!)

Happy faces of Class of 2016, including the students who gave us a help.

This annual Late Night sale not only serves as a fundraising to FASA scholarship but brings freeman community closer through planning and cooking. Class of 2016 came up with an efficient serving system, which allows the serves not to run around anymore! (Yes, the following morning of last year’s Sale, I remember waking up realizing my legs being sore.)

Their faces prove the absolute success of this year’s Late Night Sale!

Once again, I would like to thank you all who made this possible, and hope to see you all next year!


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