The New York City Asian American Student Conference


What is NYCAASC?

The New York City Asian American Student Conference (NYCAASC) is a student run intercollegiate organization dedicated to addressing issues pertinent to Asian/Pacific Islander Americans on local, national, and global scales.

Our mission

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.

The conference

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.

2018 Executive Board

Meet the team leaders that are working hard to build NYCAASC 2018: Emergence!

Lisa Ng

Lisa Ng


  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • Lisa Ng is a graduate student at the CUNY Graduate Center studying Data Visualization who is fascinated with how data shapes the narratives that affect our lives. In her spare time, you can find her reading articles on Pocket, climbing stuff, and color coding her life.

Catherine Liu

Asian Heritage Month Liaison

  • New York University
  • Catherine is a Junior at NYU studying Education and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. In addition to being on the events committee in NYCAASC, she is also the president of Asian Heritage Month at NYU. In her free time, she enjoys doing arts & craft, taking pictures, hanging out with her friends and watching movies.

Burhan Sarwar


  • New York University
  • I like reading. I like writing. I've never eaten an orange.

Sai Vishudhi Chandrasekhar


  • Hunter College High School
  • Vishu is a junior at Hunter College High School. She's passionate about the AAPI community, and issues of representation and visibility. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and drinking bubble tea.

Joyce Wu


  • Stuyvesant High School
  • Joyce is a senior is at Stuyvesant High School. She loves to run, eat sweet potato fries, and code!

William Zhou


  • New York University
  • William is a senior at NYU. He studies economics and cinema studies. He is a film buff.

Julia Santoro


  • New York University
  • Julia is a sophomore at NYU studying Global Public Health & Applied Psychology. She has been involved in NYCAASC since her freshman year because she wanted to find a community of Asian Pacific Americans that genuinely cared about and addressed the sociopolitical issues that the APIA community faces. In her free time, she enjoys love-reacting to Catspotting posts, dancing, and running.

Bonnie Tang


  • Stony Brook University
  • 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.

Lillian Fok


Naomi Chou


  • New York University
  • Naomi is a freshman at NYU CAS. This is her first year at NYCAASC.