NYU Alumni & Friends Connect

May 20, 2022

In celebration of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, we’re spotlighting some of NYU’s AAPI alumni entrepreneurs. Visit the NYU Alumni-Owned Business Directory and choose “AAPI-owned” from the identity filter to check out more Violet businesses.

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This is not an exhaustive list and only highlights a small number of NYU alumni businesses. Please visit the NYU Alumni-Owned Business Directory for a more comprehensive list or to submit your business. Please note inclusion does not indicate endorsement by NYU.

73 Hours
73 Hours is a wedding shoe brand using high-quality sheepskin, cowhide, and genuine leather outsoles. Founded by Ruohong Zhao (GSAS ’06), 73 Hours wedding shoes are specifically designed to better fit the shape of Asian womens’ feet.

City MD
CityMD, founded by Nedal Shami (CAS ’00), is a healthcare company which operates more than 130 urgent care centers in New York, New Jersey, and Washington state.

Dumbo Original
Patricia P. Hu’s (GAL ’05) Dumbo Original was founded in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood in fall 2015. They specialize in crafting healthy, delicious and nutrient-packed meal-replacement grab & go snacks with an Asian-fusion touch.

Evergreen 88 Real Estate LLC
Founded by Rosalind Yu (TANDON ’83), Evergreen 88 is a bilingual (English and Chinese) NYS-licensed real estate broker with 16 years of residential real estate experience.  

Jemma Bags
Jemma Bags, founded by Joanna Lau (STERN ’11), was created to inspire women to redefine life on their own terms by offering better handbag options for working women.

Málà Project
Málà Project is a MICHELIN Bib Gourmand-recommended Chinese restaurant founded by Meng Ai (TANDON ’16), with a mission to bring unaltered original Chinese dishes to New York in a ’90s China-inspired ambiance.

Mott Street Girls
Chloe Chan (CAS ’17) and her co-founder, Anna, are second-generation Chinese Americans who met through tour guide training at a local museum. Their mission is to make Chinese American history and culture more accessible to the public. By hosting Chinatown walking tours, creating educational social media content, and partnering with community organizations, they strive to preserve Chinatown’s rich cultural heritage, bring business to the neighborhood, and share the stories of our community.

Yeh Cakes
Roger Yeh (TSOA ’10) is the founder of Yeh Cakes, which makes custom cupcakes and fondant toppers made-to-order for your corporate events, personal gatherings, and special occasions.

Looking to get more involved with AAPI alumni? Check out the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Alumni Network, which connects alumni who identify within the Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi communities, to NYU, and to one another through various social, cultural, educational, and community service events in the New York City area and beyond. The APIDA Network also works in conjunction with the NYU Office of Global Inclusion to advance University-wide DEI initiatives.