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  • Sonia Hussain

Happy Birthday AsianPassion Program

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

Join us for a fun birthday party recap at AsianPassion Program's headquarters.

As a developing organization, Asian Passion Program has come a long way in terms of milestones since its humble and promising beginnings. These recent accomplishments include getting officially approved as a certified organization eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, as well as the success of the first International Asian Conference, and becoming an official 501(c)(3) (tax-exempt non-profit) organization. Asian Passion Program was also experiencing something sensational—its very first birthday! Altogether, this called for something special: a celebration, full of music, food, and games! The celebration, dubbed “the APP Party”, was decided to be held on Thursday, July 29th at headquarters in Rochester, Michigan. Anyone on the Core Team (including Country Directors) were welcome to attend, finally meet the people they had been working with for months, and just relax and enjoy themselves! Since the Asian Passion Program is almost 100% conducted virtually with members all over the world, it’s not realistic for everyone to clear their schedules or even purchase a plane ticket to Michigan just for a party, but most members living in Oakland County were able to make it. One member even stopped by from all the way in New Jersey!

During the event, which was held from 5 PM to 10 PM, members were able to familiarize themselves and establish stronger friendships with other teammates, who were most likely from different high schools. The whole team came together to play games like outdoor volleyball (characterized with a lot of screaming, some questionably-aimed serves, and a sprinkle of rain towards the end) and partner hide-and-go-seek/sardines (which was made exceptionally easy sometimes, due to a few duos that could not muffle their giggles, giving their positions away immediately). When team games weren’t going on, members could spend their free time doing a variety of activities; taking pictures with their new friends by the garden, jumping on the trampoline, competing with others on the arcade basketball machine in the basement, or simply chilling and playing with Qingqing’s adorable little brother, Aaron (3) and the other little kids present. And of course, you can’t forget about dinner and dessert. The Ouyang family served a 5-star menu that consisted of a variety of Asian food: fried rice, chow mein, and more!

There was something for everyone to eat, whether you were vegan or only ate halal meat, or if you only wanted to eat pizza, fruit, or drink a soda. The members decided to all eat at one table instead of splitting apart, even if it meant squeezing 20 chairs at a table meant for 8. While everyone was eating, guests continued to trickle through the door and grab a plate to start eating, often showing up with gifts in their hands, like one member who came with a bouquet of roses. Several matches of arm wrestling were also commenced at the dinner table. Winners and losers will not be disclosed to the public, in order to preserve their dignity ;)

Around 8 PM, AsianPassion Program supporting adults and the board of directors, Frank Zhang and Lin Zhang (unrelated) made a speech while the members all sat around in the living room. Asian Passion Program truly would not exist without the help of these wonderful people and their precious time devoted to the organization, as well as the work done by every member of the core team that was not able to attend. As cheesy as it is to say, it was a night to remember, a night that signified many more successes and good days to come.