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 COLLISION:
“While 2018 saw unprecedented representation for certain Asian groups in Hollywood blockbusters, it also saw continued struggles for community members at the margins, from deportation to displacement. This history of underrepresentation and differentiation within the pan-Asian community prompts us to revisit the roots of the term “Asian American.” How can we learn from the student activists in the ‘60s, who coined “Asian American” as a statement of solidarity—a commitment to unite in the name of social justice?
The theme for this year’s conference, Collision, aims to explore how the Asian American experience emerges from our communities’ converging movements. Collision—the act of worlds making contact—characterizes the Asian American experience, whether broadly, as with migration, or individually, as with assimilation. When our paths collide, how does that inform, engage, and challenge our own understandings of what it means to be Asian American?
We invite attendees to think about collision within and amongst Asian American experiences as an active process of developing identity, expressing oneself, and exchanging narratives. Through this year’s NYCAASC, we seek to create a more nuanced understanding of Asian American identity that is shaped by our stories.”