FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Corliss Lee, NAASCon Logistics and Public Relations chair
FIRST-EVER NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN STUDENT CONFERENCE
HELD IN LOS
ANGELES, NOVEMBER 5-7
Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 2004 - Asian Pacific American
students from across the
country will convene for the first-ever National Asian American Student
(NAASCon) on November 5-7, 2004, at the University of Southern California
This highly anticipated event is the first-step in
the creation of a nationwide Asian Pacific
American student network that can be mobilized to effect positive change
at the local,
state, regional, and national levels and within all of our diverse communities.
Building upon the theme: "The Past, Present, and
Future of the Asian Pacific American
Community," students will learn the historical roots of Asian Pacific
activism, educate one another on current issues and campaigns and gain
skills to advance a progressive movement on their campuses and nationwide.
Asian Pacific American students will address timely
and relevant issues including
community empowerment, public policy, expanding educational opportunities,
campaigns on and off-campus, coalition building, ethnic barriers and racism
in the media,
and new strategies for activism. Seminal Asian Pacific American activists
rights lawyer Angela E. Oh, Asian American Studies professor Glenn Omatsu,
American Voting Youth founder Taz Ahmed, and education activist Warren
also share their experiences with the Asian Pacific American student community
three-day session. The conference will also provide an opportunity for
students to learn
from each other's efforts leading up to the presidential election.
Endorsed by U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, California's
State Board of Equalization Member
John Chiang, California State Legislature Assemblywoman Carol Liu, and
Legislature Assemblywoman Judy Chu, NAASCon provides Asian Pacific American
nationwide with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to serve
as a whole.
"NAASCon strongly believes that social change
comes from students working both on their
campuses and within the broader community," said NAASCon co-founder
Bethany Li. "We
hope the skills students take away from the conference will translate
into activism once
they return to their schools."
"The conference is content-rich and has been meticulously-planned,"
said NAASCon co-
chair Clarence Tong. "We are extremely excited about the strong support
feedback we have received since the earliest development stages of our
For additional information, please visit: http://usc2004.naascon.org
NAASCon is a non-profit student-run organization created
in 2001 as a forum for Asian
Pacific American students, organizations and regional networks to initiate
campaigns on Asian Pacific American community issues.