#MyAsianAmericanStory: Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference (TAASCON)

This post will deviate from my travel posts and discuss the growing population in the United States!


This weekend I participated in Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference (TAASCON 2016). TAASCON is a conference that gathered Asian American college students from UNC, Duke and colleges all around North Carolina for 2-days.

What I have learned:

  • We are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S.
  • Asian American community is a diverse one – the term Asian American is a broad demographic that encompasses many different backgrounds and experiences.
  • The uniqueness of Asian American experiences has been shown in many researches to be drastically different from the international Asian students.
  • For us to recognize the importance of Asian Americans to our nation’s history and American society today.
  • We also discussed our embracement or shame toward our Asian identity

A family atmosphere was developed only a few hours into the conference as family is a deep cultural identity of the Asian American community. We discussed and bonded through the deep discussions on topics that are often the elephant in the room. I came out of the conference with a family all over North Carolina and a better appreciation of my own identity.

Are you also Asian American or have questions about our community? Comment below your opinion and experiences!



3 thoughts on “#MyAsianAmericanStory: Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference (TAASCON)

    1. Hi Suaylia, thank you for stopping by.
      After the conference, I was able to talk to more Asian Americans in the upper leadership boards who shared with me that “we have to believe that we can and persist,” but they also indicate that part of issue of Asian Americans’ not being heard is due to the fact that it isn’t our goal to be heard in certain industries. This was interesting as I noticed there are many successful Asian American leaders in the science and engineering community.
      What are your thoughts?

      1. That’s so interesting but very understanding. Sigh. I totally understand why Asians in certain industries do not want to bring up issues as being Asian. It totally makes sense, because as Asians I think for many of us we don’t want to be known for our ethnicity or just for only our ethnicity, but for our merits or achievements.

        But if we don’t speak up, how can we make progress in social issues?
        I feel like Asians in upper leadership can make a big difference if they address Asian issues, but then again they may come under the fire for doing that.

        It’s such a difficult line to manage wanting to address social issues but not want to be attacked for it.

        One thing I’m glad to hear from this is that you were able to attend an Asian conference.

        I have never got to experience anything like that. So that is very interesting. 🙂

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