University of Southern California

APASS Events
  • Project Remix: Open Mic Night

    Join us for our Open Mic Night on November 6th hosted by Poet, Activist and USC Alum Nate Howard! We also have some amazing performances lined up by current USC students but we will also be looking for all of YOU to come out share a poem, song or other talent with the USC community! Sponsored By: Asian Pacific American Student Services, Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, El Centro Chicano and the LGBT Resource Center Co Sponsored by: ASE Club, SOLIDSC, Somerville Place Read More

  • Vincent Who? Screeing and Panel

    In 1982, a Chinese-American man was hunted down and bludgeoned to death by two White Americans. Despite admitting their guilt in court, both killers were cleared of all charges. Neither one spent a single night in prison. APASS, APASA, and Teach For America proudly present a screening and panel discussion of "Vincent Who?", a documentary detailing the aftermath of the murder that galvanized the AAPI civil rights movement and formation of the Asian American identity. Panelists will include: - Curtis Chin, Producer of "Vincent Who?" and "Tested" - Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man blogger and activist - Mary Ho, Director of Asian and Pacific American Student Services - Viet Nguyen, USC Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity - Kaylee Ho, President of Asian and Pacific American Student Assembly Tuesday, November 11th 6:00- 8:00 PM (check in/dinner starts at 5:15) Taper Hall Auditorium, THH 101 Please note: You MUST RSVP in order to be counted for dinner: Read More

  • #APA Real Talk: Asian Pacific Americans & Mental Health

    Let's break down the walls on mental health! Join us for real talk with Taiwanese American Community Activist Emily Wu Truong (吳怡萱). As the newly elected Chair of the Asian Coalition working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, she hopes to inspire & bring more awareness to mental health issues that are often difficult for society to address today. She will be sharing her personal story of mental health struggles in her life. 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
Lauren Salas-Mationg
Lauren Salas-Mationg is a senior studying Health Promotion & Disease Prevention with a minor in Gerontology. She works with APASS as a Project Coordinator for the PULE initiative, which promotes Pacific Islander awareness and education. Read More
Alumni Highlight
Jace Hieda
Jace Hieda graduated USC with his B.S. in Public Policy, Management, and Planning with the Price School of Public Policy. He currently works as the Regional Marketing Manager for JetBlue Airlines. Read More
Faculty/Staff Highlight
Dr. Viet Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, as well as a member of the steering committee for the Center for Transpacific Studies. Read More