NYC Asian American Student Conference 2018
“Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow's world is yours to build.” - Yuri Kochiyama
NYC Asian American Student Conference (NYCAASC) falls under the jurisdiction of Asian Heritage Month at NYU, which is a club founded on the basis of the celebration of Asian Heritage at NYU. NYCAASC is an annual conference held at the Kimmel Center - it provides a unique space for NYU students to network with other students in an environment within which they are comfortable.
The conference aims to provide a space for Asian Americans to discuss relevant issues in the API community, ranging from socioeconomic discussions to cultural explorations. NYCAASC brings together hundreds of attendees through a series of workshops and performances, as well as a keynote speech by a leader in the Asian American community. As part of its mission, NYCAASC aims to be as accessible as possible - NYCAASC does not charge admission prices. We also provide all attendees with FREE lunch and dinner.
Because NYCAASC is completely free to attend, the livelihood of the conference depends on the generosity of community members and organizations. We would truly appreciate any financial support folks could provide.
The theme for this year’s conference is EMERGENCE.
“In this country, ‘American’ means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” - Toni Morrison
We are uniquely Asian - American. Like a strand of thread connecting two worlds, the hyphen often reminds us of how we are seen as neither fully Asian nor fully American. The Asian-American narrative emerges not from our own experiences, but from the stories that others have constructed about us, and our otherness comes from our existence between multiple worlds. This year’s conference will explore the theme of “Emergence.” - How have people emerged with an Asian-American identity because of, or in spite of, their lived experiences? How have Asian-Americans been rewriting history with their perspectives? Most importantly, how does one embrace the hyphen as a home? NYCAASC 2018 invites attendees to explore the social, cultural, and political conditions under which the different aspects of their Asian-American identities emerge. Together, we seek to build a future where everyone is able to proudly embrace their identities.