During Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, we reached out to UCLA Anderson students and alumni who have made an impact. They include Daniel Yang (’16) and Yen-An Cho (’16), who both grew up in East Asia and later came to the U.S. in pursuit of higher education. Yang grew up in China, Cho in Taiwan. Yang is an engineer turned consultant, and Cho is a lawyer turned tech VC.
By Cheechee Lin
Q: Why did you come to UCLA Anderson?
Daniel Yang: I was an engineer before business school and was looking to make a transition. I previously interacted with former Anderson students, and got to know the resources available to help us (engineers) transition in our career paths, and this school seemed like a good choice. Community-wise, I grew up in China, and diversity was a huge factor in my decision-making process. Los Angeles is the center of everything, and the diversity of the community definitely appealed to me. My wife was pregnant at the time, and she moved to Irvine. By attending Anderson, I was able to spend more time with my family. My daughter was actually born on my first day of school at Anderson — we named her Ming Ya, which means bright and graceful
Yen-An Cho: I did a lot of merger and acquisition deals during my law career, but I chose to pursue an MBA for two reasons: I needed to learn how to manage my wealth, and I found myself interested in technology. My career in law was case-by-case, often lasting only a couple months, and I was shuffled onto the next project. I wanted to work in high tech, where innovation is a continuous process that creates impact on the mass population. I chose Anderson because tech and the West Coast are synonymous, and Los Angeles provides the breeding ground for a lot of startups to establish their base. Having spent two years here, I can say that my initial assumption was right: There is a wealth of tech opportunities here, and I made the right choice!