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When FAASSU was created in 1995 at Sonoma State University, it's likely the club's founding students never imagined the organization becoming the cultural and social force it is today--on campus and in the community. In the mid-1990s, FAASSU's founders wanted to create a group that initially catered to students of Filipino descent and spoke specifically about issues affecting Filipino-Americans everywhere. This first mission statement of FAASSU, shall we say, lives on today. The difference now is students from European, African, and Latin American backgrounds are sharing in the exploration and appreciation of Filipino history, heritage and culture...and it's been loads of fun. The collective multicultural feel of FAASSU is something almost no other student cultural club at SSU can lay claim to, and that's special. As Sonoma State's proud Filipino-American student organization, FAASSU offers a variety of social, cultural and political events available to anyone and everyone. Friendship Games is our main attraction. It's an annual gathering in mid-October of Filipino-American student clubs all across California, Nevada and Arizona. We all meet on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, where Friendship Games was founded. The main objective of the event is making and maintaining friendships, hence the name. There is also athletic competition by way of five relay picnic games. Several "heats" are run for each game to determine in the end which school is Friendship Games champion for a particular year. Other exciting events FAASSU offers include the following: - Donation drives (food and/or clothing) - Free bowling nights (Thu) at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park - Halloween and Thanksgiving dinners/dances - Christmas in San Francisco (gift exchange, shopping, ice skating) - A spring multicultural show w/ other SSU cultural clubs - Special FAASSU cultural shows in April during API Heritage Month - Family nights within FAASSU's family system "Barkada Sama-Sama" [This is just a small sample of what to expect almost annually.] In addition to hosting our own events, we also work with local Filipino organizations, such as the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), for networking, general education and forums on Filipino issues. FANHS has actually hosted several events in Sonoma County, including showings of the documentary "Remembering Our Manongs." It tells the story of the earliest pioneer Filipino immigrants to this region in Northern California. If you are interested in joining FAASSU, most alumni and current members will tell you it's an experience worth investing in. The camaradarie and energy people bring to the table gives FAASSU such a different feel from other cultural clubs at SSU, and our multicultural member makeup only makes things better. We meet every Tuesday from 12-1pm inside the Erin Fisher Room, located on the second floor of the Student Union. Come by and see what we are all about. We'd love to meet you!

Category Cultural Organizations
Keywords FAASSU, Filipino heritage, asian, barkada, family, friends, alumni, Sonoma State
President Name

Paolo Ochoa

Treasurer Name

Danielle Zimmermann

Advisor Name

Billy Lo

Advisor Email
Meeting Day
  • Tuesday
Meeting Time

12:00 pm

Meeting Location

Erin Fisher Room in the Student Union

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