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 will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). It will be on Saturday, April 18th in the FedEx Global Education Center. More information on parking and a more detailed schedule will be released closer to the date of the conference.
The theme for TAASCON 2020 is “Parallels”. This theme focuses on the importance of acknowledging the common patterns that we see from the past and how they shape our present identities and future decisions. Despite being in a time of increased mainstream Asian American visibility, gaps in Asian American histories can create distance between Asian Americans and the historical oppressions of the past. Through time, discrimination towards Asian Americans has manifested in different ways and taken on subtler forms. By recognizing the recurring patterns in Asian American communities, it is important to draw the connection between issues from the past and how they shape the present complexities in our own identities within the society we live in. Only when we acknowledge our histories can we begin to recognize their impact on our current perceptions of ourselves and the community around us. We hope this year’s TAASCON inspires participants to connect our pasts, understand our own narratives, and appreciate the spaces that we create for ourselves and others.
Spaces: Navigating our existences
Intersections: Recognizing how narratives connect
Angles: Appreciating different perspectives