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 a native New Yorker of Teochew-Cambodian descent. I'm currently an undergraduate student at Stony Brook University, majoring in Political Science. I am entering into my fourth year as a part of NYCAASC and am always excited for what NYCAASC brings every year."
"I’m a high school senior at Trinity School and first attended—and fell in love with!—NYCAASC two years ago. While I am still exploring all that life has to offer, I’m especially interested in government and politics. I think that exclamation points are underrated and aspire to live in a world where all sentences end in exclamation points!"
"Hi! I’m currently an accounting major at NYU Stern and this will actually be my 1st year part of NYCAASC. I grew up in Columbus, Georgia, which lacked an Asian American population to help me embrace my heritage, so now that there are many opportunities to connect more with my culture and background, I am exploring as much as I can. During my free time I like to watch TV (kdramas and cdramas mainly) and bujo or journal!"
"I am a junior at NYU concentrating in Finance and Management. NYCAASC has been a big part of my life for the past 2 years, and I have made many great friends at NYCAASC. In my free time, I enjoy playing the diabolo or going to Whistle & Fizz for my daily dose of Black Seasame Latte."
"I am a junior at Stuyvesant High School and on my school's policy debate team and newspaper. I found out about NYCAASC through a school newsletter, and this is my second year organizing NYCAASC, last year as a general member and this year as one of the co-chairs on the Logistics Committee. I'm so excited for this year's theme and am ready to discuss Asian-American activism and obstacles facing my community."
"I am a senior at Trinity School in New York. I enjoy playing tennis, launching rockets and baking. I am fascinated by how language has transformed different cultures and want to study linguistics in college."
"In addition to NYCAASC, I'm also a policy debater for Stuy. My hobby is watercoloring and other types of art. Fun fact: Google Spreadsheets is the love of my life."
"Hi! I'm a sophomore at NYU from Southern California. I joined NYCAASC in my search for home in my first year at university, and I'm super excited to see what this year's conference brings!"
I joined NYCAASC last year after attending the conference in sophomore year. In my free time I like studying languages and playing Animal Crossing. My favorite food is zhajiang mian!"
"I'm a senior at Roslyn High School, and I joined NYCAASC to learn more about my identity and meet new people. My parents come from Taiwan, and I was born on Long Island. I love napping and eating snacks in my free time."
"I'm a junior at NYU majoring in SCA. This is my third year on the NYCAASC eboard and I'm excited to be back! My hobbies include watching cooking shows and going to restaurants, but not actually cooking."
"I am a proud Barnard College student pursuing a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Education. I'm passionate about studying the historical construction of race in America, combatting anti-blackness within Asian communities, and fostering Pan-Asian solidarity. This is my first year at NYCAASC and I am beyond excited to get involved in the community."