Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion
2020 Reunion Postponed
Dear Alumni and Friends,
First and foremost, I want to extend my support to the members of our community who are or have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. The University of Michigan truly is a global institution, and our vast network of alumni around the world is one of our greatest assets.
U-M and the Alumni Association are operating with an abundance of caution in relation to student, staff, and faculty travel to regions where the virus is most prominent. The university has issued U-M travel restrictions for countries that have a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning (Avoid Non-essential Travel – Widespread Community Transmission) to several regions including east Asia. As such, we have decided to be considerate of those traveling from within the region and those that would be coming from Ann Arbor and postpone the 2020 Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion in Taipei, currently scheduled for Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23.
In the coming weeks and months we will explore options that would allow us to engage with alumni in the region once travel restrictions are lifted. Should anything change, we’ll be sure to notify the alumni community as soon as possible.
We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your continued support of our beloved institution. Please reach out to me or any members of the International Giving and Engagement team if you have questions, comments, or concerns: PanAsiaRSVP@umich.edu.
I look forward to seeing you soon – and in the meantime, stay safe and Go Blue!
President and CEO
Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
Pan-Asia is an annual event open to all U-M alumni, family, and friends. Guests generally attend to connect with each other, renew friendships, and reignite the Michigan spirit while learning how to engage more deeply with U-M. Started by a small group of alumni in Singapore who simply wanted to remain connected to each other, the gathering has turned into a major U-M event that celebrates our alumni and donors in the region.
Past events were held in Singapore (2010 and 2015), Shanghai (2011 and 2017), Seoul (2012 and 2018), Taipei (2013), Hong Kong (2014 and 2019), and Tokyo (2016).
U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship
The U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship provides important financial aid in support of outstanding undergraduate students from across Asia attending U-M. Established by our Hong Kong alumni in 2014 to honor the Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion, the Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship unites the U-M family around Asia, deepens connections to U-M, and builds esprit de corps. Each year alumni and friends in Asia and around the globe contribute to the U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship in celebration of each other and future generations of students. To date, over $250,000 has been raised from more than 500 gifts and pledges.
2019 – Bao Ngo Gia Vo, Vietnam
2019 – Sim Yi Lin, Malaysia
2018 – Bach Nguyen, BSE ’22, Vietnam
2017 – Abrar Iqbal, BSE ’21, Bangladesh
2016 – Ivory Yang Sijie, AB ’20, Singapore
2015 – Pricilla Mukudan, BSE ’19, Malaysia
“With the continuous support of U-M alumni in Asia, the Fund will evolve into a tradition, providing the benefits of the U-M experience to more students from the region.”
–Richard Yang, JD 1999
“I was supported by many warm hearts for me to be going to Michigan. I believe it is now my turn to return the favor to the future leaders and best. Join me!”
–Makoto Ariga, MBA 1993
“The Pan-Asia Reunion is something that we all look forward to every year, and we remember how Michigan has changed our lives. This feeling is something we want to pay forward by contributing to the Pan-Asia Scholarship fund. We hope to be able to help deserving students to realize their dream, the dream that we’ve lived and the one they aspire towards. This is truly the heart of the scholarship.”
–Choon Peng Ng, MBA 2004
Connect on Facebook
Converse with each other about who is going and past experiences in the Michigan Pan-Asian Reunion Facebook group.