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  • INDIAN, AMERICAN PODCAST : A South Asian Community in America

    It's time to dig deep and think. Get involved in a discussion which is close to our hearts. The discussion will center around the idea : South Asian's in America - Are we a community? Do we need to be a community? Can we become a community? The panel consists of the following speakers: Dr. Varun Soni - Dean of Religious Life at USC Akaash Singh - founder of Indian, American podcast Arjun Gupta - founder of Indian, American podcast There will also be USC student speakers who will join the panel. COME JOIN US for some FOOD for thought, and free FOOD. ;) Read More

Welcome to APASS!
Supporting new and returning APA students.

Welcome to APASS!

APASS provides programs and services for students of Asian descent and educational opportunities for the entire campus.  Our mission is to educate, engage and empower students through our mentoring programs, service-learning opportunities, community-based internship program, social justice leadership course and cross-cultural discussions. 

The specific ethnic breakdown is 33% Chinese, 18% Korean, 12% Indian, 7% Japanese, 8% Filipino, 7% Vietnamese, 2% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander and 18% other Asian. There are 27% who categorize as multiracial or multiethnic. The AAPI population is diverse here at USC. You come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, hometowns, academic majors and interest. Our department will allow you to explore various aspects of your identity and interest. The incoming Asian American Pacific Islander population is 23% of the incoming class.

The department is here to support you during your time at USC. We want to be your home away from home. Please come and visit us in the Student Union 410. Have a wonderful year!

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Letter to the USC Community
Regarding Racist Flyer Received on 2/1/2014

February 7, 2014

Dear USC Trojan Community,

On Friday, February 1, 2014, USC Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) received an anonymous flyer that was filled with racist and sexist slurs directed at a number of communities. 

Asian Pacific American Student Services did not want to give legitimacy to this individual or individuals full of hate.  However, we feel the need to make a statement that is clear and direct. We will not tolerate such harmful, derogatory and racist slurs directed at the Asian Pacific American community or at any communities. 

The Trojan community prides itself on creating a campus of support and inclusion and we will continue to promote an environment that affirms all identities.

The Department of Public Safety has been notified and will keep Asian Pacific American Student Services posted on any developments.  We have also been in conversation with senior administrators in the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs and Asian Pacific American Student Services support and advocate for our Asian Pacific American communities on campus.


Mary Ho
Asian Pacific American Student Services

Jonathan Wang
Assistant Director
Asian Pacific American Student Services

For Reference (LA Times Article):,0,6650242.story#axzz2sxs5TUx9

Letter to the Community.pdf

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Student Highlight
Emily Huang
Emily Huang is a senior studying Sociology with minors in Natural Science, Psychology, and Gender Studies. Read More
Alumni Highlight
Sky Tetsuka
Sky Tetsuka, a Southern California native, was a graduate of USC in 2000 having majored in Comparative Literature and double minored in Business Administration as well as East Asian Languages and Cultures. Read More
Faculty/Staff Highlight
Dean Varun Soni
Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California (USC). Read More