NYCAASC: Checkpoints

This April, the New York City Asian American Student Conference celebrated its 10th Anniversary with Checkpoints: Communicating Consciousness.

Although this year's NYCAASC has passed, workshop suggestions are now open for NYCAASC 2017! Let us know your thoughts and contribute to building the 2017 theme!

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Checkpoints: Communicating Consciousness

The movement continues. The New York City Asian American Student Conference (NYCAASC) recognizes the decades-old struggle toward liberation. In reflections upon our history, action and inaction, we come across checkpoints—points of demarcation. We use this year’s theme, titled Checkpoints: Communicating Consciousness, to characterize the collaborative, educational space we are working to build, but also as a space to investigate our own discomforts and our own patterns of behavior and thought. We will use this space to engage in necessary dialogue, to devise strategies of action, and, ultimately, to help each other heal.

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Keynote Speaker + Performances

Cathy Dang
Cathy Dang is the Executive Director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, a pan-Asian organization that organizes low-income Asian immigrants for systemic and institutional change towards racial, gender, and economic justice. Their primary area of organizing is housing justice in Chinatown and Queensbridge Public Housing. While living conditions can become deplorable, CAAAV fights for safe and healthy living conditions in addition to preventing massive displacement of long-time residents and families. CAAAV has organized on police accountability since the 90s recognizing that in order to win racial justice we need to tackle the system that perpetuates the root causes of racism and economic inequality. Cathy has organized in labor and community-led development for over 10 years with Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, the Retail Action Project and other grassroots organizations. She is originally from Ridgewood, Queens and Los Angeles, California, and a proud daughter of Chinese-Vietnamese refugee parents who raised her in their nail salon in Downtown Brooklyn.
Subhah Agarwal
Subhah Agarwal brings her unique perspective as a first generation Indian American woman to audiences across America in a sassy, energetic, and unforgettable performance. She is a New York based comedian who makes regular appearances at New York Comedy Club, Caroline's, the Standing Room, and the Stand. You can also stay home and catch her on your television on Comedy Central, Tru TV, Fusion TV, and her own comedic talking head show: “Questionable Choices” on Music Choice TV.
Soomi Kim
Soomi Kim is a Korean born, New York City based actor/movement artist (dancer, stage combat/martial arts, choreographer, former gymnast). She has worked as a company member with several artists as well producing, creating and performing her own work, almost always in the collaborative setting. Kim and director Suzi Takahashi have created and devised the award-winning trilogy of work based on under recognized figures Asian American visionaries whose lives were cut short: Lee/gendary, Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky, and Chang(e). Kim was also nominated for Outstanding actress in a lead role (as Bruce Lee) as well as Outstanding Choreography (alongside Airon Armstrong). Kim has performed and toured extensively with a variety companies and artists. As an actor her work ranges from down town and regional theater to independent film and web series appearances.
Lee Jacob Hilado
Lee Jacob Hilado was born and raised in the Philippines. In 2008, He moved to New York to find his passion. He is a B.F.A graduate student of Electronic Design and Multimedia at The City College of New York and Associate degree in Media Design Program at Hostos Community College. His paintings were recently showcased at the Google, Time Square, Scope art fair, Javit Center and TEDxCUNY. He is passionate doing any visual art and dog-walking.
Adriel Luis
Adriel Luis is a self-taught musician, poet, curator, coder, and visual artist who believes imagination is key to transforming cultural paradigms. Originally from the California Bay Area and recently living in New York City and Beijing, Adriel is currently based in Washington DC as the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. He is also a part of iLL-Literacy – a digital funk band that has been featured at SxSW, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and scores of stages nationwide. Prior to his work at the Smithsonian, Adriel helped pilot OneBeat – a U.S. State Department initiative that engaged artists from dozens of countries to convene in cultural diplomacy through music, and Bombshelltoe – an online platform dedicated to bridging nuclear issues with pop culture. Adriel frequently travels to different parts of Asia with particular interest in how digital space shapes global communities, and how varying levels of freedom of expression channel artistic political imagination. Adriel can be found across online platforms as @DRZZL.



Doors Open & Breakfast

Kimmel 405 & 406


Opening Remarks

Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor

Track 1: Within

10:30 AM

Featured Performances: Subhah & Soomi

Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor

Standup Comedy: Subhah Agarwal

Lee, Cha & Change: Soomi Kim

Track 2: Around



Kimmel 405 & 406

Additional Seating Available in Room 914


Keynote Presentation: Cathy Dang

Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor

Additional Seating Available in 914


Break & Lee Hilado Exhibit

Kimmel 914

Track 3: Beyond


Featured Performance: Adriel Luis

Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor

Customs and Arrivals


Closing Remarks

Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor