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.
"I am co-president this year after being on the logistics & workshops committees for the past 3 years. I major in social & cultural analysis at NYU and am currently in the SF Bay Area."
"I'm a junior (currently on gap year!) at New York University who cares deeply about community and making the world better for others. While I'm still figuring out what to do with my future, I do know that I love creating content and having good conversations with new friends. My past experiences with NYCAASC have been nothing short of spectacular, and I'm excited to bring another awesome virtual conference to you all! "
"Hi! My name's Angela and I'm from Nanjing, China but living in New York. I'm in my second year studying Economics with minors in Public Policy and Business Studies at NYU. Joining NYCAASC has been an amazing experience for me to look back on my identity and experiences and engage in conversations to learn about current Asian American issues, and I've found a sense of belonging in these lovely people that I was lacking since being away from home!"
"Hi everyone! I am a junior at the Brearley School and this is my second year working at NYCAASC. I am a third generation Asian American; my family immigrated from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. I love food, film photography, cooking, dancing with no rhythm, and eating!"
"I'm a current senior at Stuyvesant High School, and a third-year member of NYCAASC. In my free time, I'm a varsity policy debater, a poet, and a coffee lover. I can't wait to see what new conversations about Asian-American identity that this year's NYCAASC sparks!"
"I'm a senior at Stuyvesant High School with a love for art and the amazing community at NYCAASC. This will be my third year as part of the NYCAASC Marketing team and I'm so excited to see what we have in store for this year's conference."
"Hi everyone! I'm a freshman at NYU, and I'm hoping to study Asian/Pacific/American Studies and English/Creative Writing. This is my first year in NYCAASC, and I'm excited to work with everyone and meet new people with similar interests! Aside from school/extracurriculars, I love to explore the city, try new foods, and listen to music :)."
"I’m passionate about understanding historical concepts and relationships within history to tackle the current issues faced by the AAPI community. This is my first year at NYCAASC; I’m excited to be working with everyone and getting to know so many amazing people! Outside of NYCAASC, I love binge watching Korean dramas, reading a good novel, taking naps, and eating delicious food."
"My name is Julie and I am a senior at Stuyvesant High School, a policy debater, and philosophy-enthusiast. I love exploring new music, writing poetry, and roaming the city. This is my third year at NYCAASC and I'm incredibly excited for the stories we'll share at this year's conference!"