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Asian Affinity Association

Janaki Nallamonthu poses with the snacks she bought for her fellow Asian Affinity Association members. For their first meeting, Nallamonthu wanted to create a warm, welcoming environment. “Any Asian American student can come join us, ” Nallamonthu said. “It’s just a really fun way to connect with other people.”

Making up less than three percent of the student population, Asian American students are considered a minority at CHS. For years these students have lacked a way to connect within the school — until now.

On Sept. 20, the Asian Affinity Association held its first-ever meeting in Room 320. Club members gathered together to get to know one another, share snacks and discuss their goals for the year.

Club president, Janaki Nallamonthu, wanted to create a safe space for Asian American students to talk about social and cultural topics, as well as their personal experiences.

“For me, it is much easier to connect with those who are also Indian and share the same traditions,” Nallamonthu said. “In a predominantly white school, it’s nice to have a group of people you are comfortable with– I saw that was missing here at CHS.”

In her freshman year, Nallamonthu was a member of the Indian Student Association at Huron High School. Every Sunday, Nallamonthu would participate in different projects where she bonded with the other members, many of whom she now considers to be her best friends.

In an effort to recreate this environment at CHS, students can now expect an exciting agenda from the Asian Affinity Association. Members can immerse themselves in cultural media and food, as well as connect with Ann Arbor’s Asian community through volunteer work.

Nallamothu’s biggest hope is to host a multicultural night. At Huron’s multicultural night last year, Nallamonthu performed a cultural dance with the Indian Student Association. During this event, she was not only able to learn from others but to share a piece of her culture.

“When you have a different culture it can be hard to connect with others,” Nallamonthu said. “It’d be fun to have anyone who wants to, come to [Asian Affinity Association] and share a part of them.”

Now, the club plans to meet every Wednesday during lunch in Room 320. As they kick start this year, Nallamonthu hopes to get more people involved and start yearly traditions. That way, the club can continue for years to come.

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Elle McCreadie
Elle McCreadie, Journalist
Elle is a junior at CHS and this is her first year on staff. Outside of room 300, you can find her playing guitar in her room, drinking a matcha latte, or contemplating buying concert tickets. Elle loves spending time with family and friends, swimming in lakes up north, and doing absolutely anything involving music. She is super excited to see what this year in Journalism brings!
Nina Tinney
Nina Tinney, Journalist
Nina is a junior and is entering her third semester on staff. When she's not writing articles, you can find her dancing ballet, perusing old magazines or baking cookies. She is passionate about sharing other peoples' stories and can't wait to see all the amazing work that will be done this year.

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