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!