NYCAASC (pronounced NIGH-sack) is an organization dedicated to bringing students from all throughout New York City together to educate and encourage them to think critically about Asian/Pacific Islander American issues such as gentrification, diversity in media, and more. We hope to empower APIA students to enact change within their respective communities in lasting and meaningful ways.
We started our annual conference as a safe space for students of all backgrounds and identities to learn about and discuss APIA issues. Through a jam-packed program of engaging speakers, interactive workshops, and moving performances, we hope that students leave our conference with a clearer understanding of their own identities, a greater sense of community, and a drive to build a better and more inclusive Asian America.
From our inception to today, our goal has always been to inspire and empower youth passionate about APIA issues to create meaningful impacts in their own communities. Over 400 students of all backgrounds from colleges, universities, high schools, and organizations all over the East Coast attended NYCAASC last year alone.
Every year, we host a variety of interactive, educational workshops and panels concerning APIA issues in addition to performances highlighting various up-and-coming Asian American artists. In the past, our conference has featured some really rad performers including MCJin, Awkwafina, Bea Go, Joseph Vincent, and Hari Kondabolu.
"Bonnie is a native New Yorker of Teochew-Cambodian descent. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stony Brook University, majoring in Political Science. She is entering into her third year as a part of NYCAASC and is always excited for what NYCAASC brings every year.:
"This is my second year in NYCAASC and I’m especially interested in postcolonial historical and literary theory. I’m always trying to learn more about activism and civics in New York too. I’m originally from California and in my spare time I like playing classical piano and drinking pearl tea."
"I joined NYCAASC my freshman year as an member of the Event's committee. AAPI issues interest me because I was born in China, but grew up in the States. There has always been this dichotomy between my two identities. During my free time, I would play the diabolo, or take walks in the park."