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Lambda Phi Epsilon

Lambda Phi Epsilon
Founded February 25, 1981 (1981-02-25)
Type Social
Scope International
Colors      Royal Blue and      White
Mascot Dragon
Philanthropy National Marrow Donor Program
Chapters 59
Members 10,000[1] lifetime
Nicknames Lambdas, LPhiE, LFE, 人中王
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA

Lambda Phi Epsilon (ΛΦΕ, also known as LPhiE, LFE, or 人中王) is the first and only internationally recognized Asian American interest fraternity. Lambda Phi Epsilon is affiliated with both the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National APIA Panhellenic Association.[2][3]


  • Organizational goals 1
  • History 2
  • Philanthropy 3
  • Scholarship 4
  • Convention 5
  • Hazing incidents 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • Chapters 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Organizational goals

Lambda Phi Epsilon’s vision is to be the preeminent international Asian interest fraternal organization, and to provide leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy in the community.[4]

The mission of the organization is to promote Lambda Phi Epsilon and its members by:

  • Providing active members with leadership training and hands-on experience, for both personal growth and academic achievement.
  • Promoting leadership of alumni in the community, creating opportunities, and encouraging the spirit of fellowship.
  • Promoting positive Asian American awareness and providing philanthropy to the community.[4]


Lambda Phi Epsilon was formed on February 25, 1981 at the

  • Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc
  • Asian American Donor Program
  • Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches
  • Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation

External links

  1. ^ "Alumni". Lambda Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "NAPA Chapters". National APIA Panhellenic Association. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "North-American Interfraternity Conference Chapters". North-American Interfraternity Conference. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, About/History". Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity. 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  5. ^ "APIA Greek History". National APIA Panhellenic Association. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Community Service". Stanford Lambda Phi Epsilon. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  8. ^ In particular, the fraternity seeks out minority donors for the National Marrow Donor Program.
    • Scott, A. (March 3, 2013). "Philanthropy 101 Cal Poly Greek Life Gives Back". Mustang Daily. 
    • Huang, N. (January 10, 2013). "Donating life". Northwest Asian Weekly. 
    • "Lamda Phi Epsilon works to increase Asian-American bone marrow registry". Pacific Ties. January 10, 2013. Archived from the original on 16 April 2011. 
    • Williams, L. (November 15, 2010). "Countdown starts tonight as Big Game Week kicks off". The Stanford Daily. 
    • Christensen, L. (November 10, 2010). "Greeks promote bone-marrow registration". The Daily of the University of Washington. 
    • Huang, N. (September 16, 2009). "I saved a stranger's life". International Examiner. 
    • Wu, V. (February 19, 2009). "One woman’s plight shows minority woes". The Cornell Daily Sun. 
    • Loera, D. (May 1, 2008). "Fraternity raise awareness of low number of Asian-American bone marrow donors". City on a Hill Press. 
    • Crist, C. (January 15, 2008). "Fraternity pirates host marrow drive". The Red and Black. 
    • Casanova-Burgess, A. (September 29, 2006). "Bone marrow donors". Pipe Dream. 
    • Hawkins, D. (September 14, 2006). "Drive for diversity". The Cavalier Daily. 
    • Chen, A. (March 15, 2005). "'"Minority bone marrow drive comes to 'U. The Michigan Daily. 
    • "Fraternities hold bone marrow drive Oct. 9". The State News. October 2, 2003. 
    • Houghton, S. (October 1, 2003). "Fraternities hold bone marrow drive at Union". The State News. 
    • Smith, S. (April 13, 2003). "Bone marrow drive aims to increase minority base". The Daily Targum. 
    • Kumar, S. (November 19, 2002). "Program taps NU minority marrow". The Daily Northwestern. 
    • Good, L. (November 12, 2002). "Lifesaving". Cavalier Daily. 
    • Kraack, E. (October 24, 2002). "Students address lack of minority bone marrow". The Michigan Daily. 
    • Kaplan, A. (October 23, 2002). "Bone marrow drive targets minorities". The Michigan Daily. 
    • "Bone-marrow drive adds Asian Americans to national registry". The Daily of the University of Washington. January 24, 2001. 
    • Kwek, J. (May 16, 2000). "Fraternity holds campus marrow drive". Daily Bruin. 
    • Wisnouse, A. (January 18, 2000). "Minority bone marrow is in high demand nationwide". The Daily Collegian. 
    • Roberts, M. (November 6, 1998). "Frat seeks marrow donations". The Daily Pennsylvanian. 
    • Lee, B. (November 3, 1997). Heritage Week' highlights Asian-American culture"'". The Daily Pennsylvanian. 
    • "The color of a life". Daily Bruin. October 23, 1997. 
    • "Seeking a perfect match". The Daily Pennsylvanian. November 14, 1996. 
  9. ^ Chapters also raise awareness for the National Marrow Donor Program by organizing local concerts that feature Asian American artists.
    • Qian, A. (April 3, 2012). "Leukemia awareness concert channels YouTube". The Chicago Maroon. 
    • Qian, A. (March 6, 2012). "Lambda Youtube concert benefit brings JR Aquino and Mitchell Grey to campus.". The Chicago Maroon. 
  10. ^ Lambda Phi Epsilon cohosts drives for the Save Nina campaign with sister sorority alpha Kappa Delta Phi.
    • Tso, M. (July 10, 2013). "Sorority to hold drives to save sister from cancer". The Daily Cougar. 
  11. ^ "Lambda Phi Epsilon Scholarship Programs". Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lambda Phi Epsilon Convention". Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ Hu, Winnie (October 12, 2015). "Hazing and Drinking Deaths at Asian-American Fraternities Raise Concerns".  
  14. ^ Miller, Brandon (March 5, 2007). "Pledge Death Witnesses Break Silence". New University. 
  15. ^ a b Barajas, Erik (15 July 2008). "UT student death lawsuit over". ABC News (KTRK). Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Family reaches settlement in UT hazing death case". News 8 Austin. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ Jackson, Peter (1 May 2008). "Hazed: A Greek Tragedy". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez (14 July 2013). "Fraternity booted from S.F. State after party death as school looks into hazing allegations". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  20. ^ Farrell, Nena (23 August 2013). "Frat Death Spurs Alcohol Responsibility Program". Golden Gate Express. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Master Strategist Yul Kwon Wins Survivor". People Magazine. Retrieved December 18, 2006. 
  22. ^ "Survivor Winner Yul Kwon Joins FCC". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  23. ^ America Revealed': The Ups And Downs Of The Quest For More Of Everything"'". NPR. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Top Chef's Paul Qui wins major award". Bravo TV. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 


See also

West Coast

  • California (13)
  • Washington (2)


  • Texas (5)
  • Oklahoma (1)
  • Arizona (1)


  • Illinois (4)
  • Indiana (1)
  • Kansas (1)
  • Michigan (2)

North East

  • Massachusetts (3)
  • New York (3)
  • Ontario, Canada (2)


  • Maryland (2)
  • New Jersey (1)
  • New York (5)
  • Pennsylvania (3)

South East

  • Florida (1)
  • Georgia (1)
  • North Carolina (2)
  • Virginia (4)

Lambda Phi Epsilon has a total of 58 chapters in 6 geographic regions.


  • Yul Kwon - Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands and named one of People magazine's Sexiest Men for 2006.[21] Served as deputy chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.[22] Host of PBS show called, "America Revealed."[23]
  • Paul Qui - Winner of Top Chef: Texas in 2012. Represented the United States of America at the 13th annual S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup where he became the recipient of the 2013 Young Chef of the Year award.[24]

Notable alumni

In 2013, another fraternity member died at San Francisco State University. 18-year-old Peter Tran died due to alcohol poisoning during a "crossing" event at the house. The university later expelled Lambda Phi Epsilon from the campus following a full review.[19][20]

In 2008 The Daily Northwestern, the newspaper of Northwestern University, published an article revealing hazing violations as part of the chapter's pledging process. Pledges were forced to drink jugs of liquid believed to be a mixture of ketchup and Tabasco sauce and perform calisthenics all-night. After an official university hearing, Lambda Phi Epsilon received a four-year suspension from Northwestern.[18]

[17] The fraternity later established the Jack Phoummarath Memorial Scholarship in his honor.[16][15] In December 2005, Jack Phoummarath, an 18-year-old at the

Two pledges at separate universities died in hazing incidents in 2005. In August of that year, University of California, Irvine student Kenny Luong died after being tackled in a football game that pitted a 10-member pledge group against approximately 40 active members and alumni. The game lasted for more than 3 hours and was played without the use of pads. Prior to the football game, the pledges were forced to complete vigorous calisthenics such as close-fisted pushups on gravel; jumping in the air while standing, landing on their chests without using their hands to break their fall; and drinking two gallons of water in one sitting.[14]

Lambda Phi Epsilon has experienced the most hazing incidents among Asian-American fraternities, including three deaths.[13]

Hazing incidents

Lambda Phi Epsilon holds an annual convention during Memorial Day weekend at various locations across North America, co-hosted with the sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi. Throughout the weekend, members have the opportunity to learn about the state of the fraternity as addressed by the National Board, network with alumni in career-oriented workshops, and socialize with fellow actives from around the world. Convention ends with an annual banquet that recognizes incoming and outgoing fraternal leadership, announces chapter promotions and awards, and showcases brotherhood step performances and other perpetuating traditions of the fraternity.[12]


Lambda Phi Epsilon currently awards three merit-based scholarships to active brothers in good standing whom have been chosen from a pool of applicants. The Rising Leaders Among Men Scholarship recognizes first-year members, The Academic Excellence Scholarship recognizes academic achievement, and The Lambda of the Year Scholarship recognizes students who epitimize the organization's mission statement.[11]


[10] and Save Nina Louie.[9] Collectively, chapters of Lambda Phi Epsilon amass hundreds of new registrants every year in national campaigns like Save Janet Liang[8] The fraternity's national


Within a few years, the fraternity had chartered to the University of Toronto (Alpha Xi Chapter), which was the first chapter of the fraternity established outside the United States. Today, Lambda Phi Epsilon has initiated over 10,000 members—the largest number of any Asian American interest fraternity in existence.[5]


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