What is NYCAASC?

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.

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.

2019 Executive Board

Meet the team leaders that are working hard to build NYCAASC 2019: Collision!

Richard Lu


Hunter College

"I'm a part-time student, full-time human being, and aspiring user experience designer. I first attended NYCAASC in 2015 and loved it! So I joined the team to pay forward the immeasurable value of this welcoming, safe space.
Lately, I've been closely following the role of social justice in tech. When the weather's nice, I'll put on a podcast and go for a bike ride. I'm also trying to read more!!!"

Julia Santoro


New York University

"I'm a bean 🌱 studying applied psych and global public health! I joined NYCAASC to explore issues of identity, visibility, and representation; now, my dream is to bring fellow Asian American youth together to build a more equitable society. I'm also a proud cat lady. I like going on 12 mile stress runs in my free time."

Hannah Song

Events Chair

University of Pittsburgh

"Hey all!
My name is Hannah, and I’m a Korean American. I grew up wandering the streets of NY in search of my passions (and of course, food). Now, I'm a senior at Pitt studying Neuroscience, Chemistry, and Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. I am also involved with ECAASU, APO, and 88rising. I love hearing new narratives, so definitely reach out! I'd be more than happy to chat."

Ryan Lin

Events Chair

New York University

"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."

Jennifer Lee

Marketing Chair

Stuyvesant High School

"I joined the PR committee my junior year in hopes of finding a safe space to talk about AAPI issues. Being a part of NYCAASC has allowed me to learn more about my community and about myself. It's inspired me to try new things and this year I decided to develop my marketing skills. I like to cafe-hop, drink boba, write, and explore new places. I'm an aspiring samoyed mom and I love pizza."

Dechen Pema

Public Relations Chair

Stuyvesant High School

"My name is Dechen and I'm a junior at Stuyvesant High School. I want to help address the issues that the AAPI community face. In my free time, I really enjoy volunteering with young children. I'm also a huge Nintendo fan and love cats!"

Bonnie Tang

Public Relations Chair

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.:

Burhan Sarwar Hussain

Workshops Chair

New York University

"I like to read, I like to write, I like to meet with my peers to think about how to get out of this terrible situation we've found ourselves in, or at the very least enjoy life while we're stuck together on the inside."

Heather Phan Nguyen

Workshops Chair

Vassar College

"I would risk it all for Fire Lord Zuko. There’s no reason as to why, I just really love him. I also enjoy boba, long walks on the beach, and being Asian American. As a first-generation low-income Vietnamese kid, I’m invested in expanding the narrative of what it means to be Asian; I believe in growth and love and the power of an inclusive community to make our dreams come true. ♡ ~('▽^人)"

Naomi Chou

Logistics Chair

New York University

"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."

Jeffrey Yu

Logistics Chair

Roslyn High School

"I am a senior at Roslyn HS. I've attended NYCASSC for the past three years and have been involved in government and politics both in NYC and on Long Island. Traditionally, I am a STEM-y person, but being able to stay involved in communities I care about is important to me. I enjoy hackathons, free face care products, and $12 salads. "

Lisa Ng

2019 Youth Program Facilitator

CUNY Graduate Center

"I love NYCAASC - this was the first place I have ever felt whole in all my identities. I have returned every year since 2014 in a different capacity - member of the workshops committee, Director, and now leader of our youth program!
Outside of NYCAASC, you can find me reading articles on Pocket, climbing stuff, and color coding my life. Hit me up if you ever want to talk about literal garbage!"