Asian at Uber
Our mission is to celebrate and promote the wealth of Asian ideas and culture throughout Uber.
What we stand for
Make business impact
Embed ourselves into the business to help drive business outcomes
Help facilitate employee growth
Drive professional development for the Asian community at Uber
Build in our communities
Expand our external engagement with the community
Build social connections
Come together as a group for celebrations and events
Engineering Manager, Innovation
One day in 2017, I half-jokingly told the ERG Co-Chair at the time that we should take over lunch one day and have my mom come in and make lunch for all of Uber. (Which we obviously did, of course!) As an Indian, food is symbolically very important in our culture because we believe it is at the root of all human thought. My goal now as ERG Co-Lead is to help pass on the baton and inspire others at Uber to celebrate being their complete and authentic selves.
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is an important holiday celebrated throughout Asia and marks the beginning of the new lunar calendar year. Each year, Asian at Uber makes sure to ring in the new year in style, whether it’s hosting a dim sum lunch for our driver-partners or celebrating internally. For 2019, we invited the LionDanceME troupe to Uber headquarters, where they delivered a colorful and interactive performance with the audience. Employees also celebrated with cultural activities and cuisine—a fitting start to the Year of the Pig!
Often as Asian Americans, we adopt “American” names to assimilate better into the culture. We believe we can improve employee sentiment, culture, and collaboration if people simply had a way to educate others on how to pronounce their genuine names. In partnership with an internal engineering team, we developed a feature in our internal employee directory tool that allows folks to write and record how someone should say their name. We think it creates better connections and hope one day to extend the feature into our app.
Spicy Food Eating Challenge
Food is a major part of any culture, and in 2018 we hosted Uber’s very first Spicy Food Challenge with our friends from Los Ubers. We featured restaurant partners from our Eats platform and hosted 14 teams in a competition to see who could handle the heat. Employees tackled hot chicken wings, burritos topped with fiery salsas, chile pakoras, duk bok ki, and even raw Habanero peppers. Many people came to support and cheer on the brave souls who took on the Scoville challenge.