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To engage, empower, and educate those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander issues

Founded in 2011 by the three major universities of North Carolina’s Research Triangle (Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University),  the Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference (TAASCON) brings together students from all over the state. As an annual conference with workshops, keynote speakers, and more, TAASCON provides a platform for individuals to actively address issues relevant to the Asian American community and cultivate the next steps to initiate social change.

This year’s conference theme is “Kaleidoscopic.” The theme draws upon the idea of a kaleidoscope as an object in which different colors, shapes, and patterns converge to create a multifaceted image. This year, we emphasize the importance of recognizing the complexities in the Asian American community and aim to explore the multifaceted, sometimes fragmented, experiences of being Asian American. During a time of increased mainstream Asian American visibility, we hope to shed light on who is being seen and heard and who is not.

While many of us may have shared experiences, no two narratives are the same. Our intersectional identities—gender, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more—reflect different privileges and oppressions even within the Asian American community. Only when we piece together the puzzles of different narratives can we begin to understand and relate to the spectrum of stories and shared struggles of all people in our communities and other communities of color. Like a kaleidoscope that is always turning to transform the image inside, our communities are dynamic and ever-changing. We hope this year’s TAASCON inspires participants to be a part of that change in recognizing the complexity of identity and envisioning a more equitable world.

Fragments: of histories we reflect and embody
Spectrums: of communities we construct and cultivate
Visions: of futures we hope to see and uplift

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