Skip to main content
Dear AAPAAN
A forum for students and alumni of the Asian American UVA Community

How does the media portrayal of Asians affect you in the work place?

How does the media portrayal of Asians affect you in the work place?

Dear AAPAAN How does the media portrayal of Asians affect you in the work place? Anonymous   Dear Anonymous There’s a lot of recent media reporting about Asian-Americans being subjected to harassment and outright hate.  Historically, there’s been very little media portrayal of Asians.  And what little there were, they were usually highly stereotyped images.  […]

Category:
Career

What was one of the most difficult choices you’ve had to make in your career?

Dear AAPAAN What was one of the most difficult choices you’ve had to make in your career? Anonymous   Dear Anonymous On reflection, there were two situations which presented difficult choices for me.  One was when my company was bought by another and I was faced with the decision to stay or take a severance […]

Category:
Career

What kind of questions should I not ask in an interview?

Dear AAPAAN What kind of questions should I not ask in an interview? Anonymous   Dear Anonymous Asking questions is crucial during an interview. From the interviewer’s perspective, a good question shows interest, curiosity, and intelligence. For the candidate, it’s the opportunity to see if the job posted is the job you actually want. Think […]

Category:
Career

How do I tell my boss that I am resigning to go to another company?

Dear AAPAAN How do I tell my boss that I am resigning to go to another company? Anonymous   Dear Anonymous Congratulations on moving on to a better job/situation. It’s always better if you are the one cutting the tie rather than your boss telling you to move on.  In general, I advise “not burning […]

Category:
Career

How do I get to be a team leader?

Dear AAPAAN I’ve worked in many teams. How do I get to be a team leader? Anonymous   Dear Anonymous You can begin by connecting with your supervisor about your interest in a team leader role.  Maybe you’ve already done so, and got a rejection or a non-committal “I’ll think about it.” This means that […]

Category:
Leadership

What role can/should Asian Americans play in the Black Lives Matter movement?

What role can/should Asian Americans play in the Black Lives Matter movement? Anonymous Dear Anonymous Tragic events lead us to this question.  There is a clear pattern of societal racial discrimination and outright violence from time to time.  Since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, outright discrimination seemed to have lessen and the […]

Category:
Other

How can I make my own face shield to protect me from CoVid19?

Dear AAPAAN How can I make my own face shield to protect me from CoVid19? Actually no one asked me that question, but I have something that I wanted to share.  It’s a simple way to make a face shield from material which you may already have at your home.  We stayed at home as […]

Category:
Other