National History

Lambda Phi Epsilon was founded on February 25, 1981 by the principal founder Craig Ishigo and a group of eighteen other dedicated men on the campus of the University of California:


Hunter Chang Randy Fujimoto John Hanvey
Craig Ishigo Jeff Kaku Bobby Kawai
Dean Kumagawa Jim Lee Bruce Mau
Ted Mihara Neil Miyazaki Darryl Mu
Kelvin Sakai Kevin Shida Albert Sun
Weyton Tam Jamie Watanabe Bennett Wong
Fred Wong

While traditional Asian campus organizations were often split along lines of national origins, the founders sought an organization that drew its membership equally from the different segments of the Asian American community. Their vision was that the members would eventually become the leaders of their respective communities and bridge the gaps fragmenting the Asian American community through their affiliation with a common organization.

With the admission to the National Interfraternity Conference on September 8, 1990, Lambda Phi Epsilon became the first national Asian American fraternity recognized by the NIC. Today, Lambda Phi Epsilon continues to expand all over the United States and has become the largest and fastest growing Asian American Interest fraternity in the country.

Sigma Chapter History

The University of Pennsylvania chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon began as David Choi and Jacob J.J. Hsu discussed the need for an Asian American fraternity on campus because of the rifts between the Asian races and their respective organizations. The chapter was officially chartered and honored with colony status on April 20, 1993. The founding class was officially initiated at the University of Texas at Austin on September 12, 1993 with the membership of:


Howard Chin David Choi
Jacob J.J. Hsu Samuel Jin
Nam-June Joe Eugene Joung
Nam Kim Felix Kuo
Byoung Park Allen SooHoo
William Won Calvin Yee

By May 28, 1994, the University of Pennsylvania chapter achieved associate status and by May 25, 1997 the chapter officially became recognized as the Sigma Chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon.

The Sigma Chapter emphasizes cultivating a strong, life-long bond within The Brotherhood, service to the community, and growth among sectors of the school population that normally do not interact.