Asian Americans have always occupied a unique place in American society and, as such, have adapted or been forced to adapt to society’s expectations. Stemming from histories of alienation like the forced segregations of Chinatown or encampments of Japanese Americans during World War II and extending to today’s less tangible, but equally dangerous, stereotypes like the model minority myth or the perpetual foreigner, Asian American identity is often distorted, repressed, and ignored. The reason for this lies with not only dominant society but also with our community, as invisibility was adopted by many members in an attempt to deflect racial aggressions.
However, as the inspirational and immensely wise Uncle Iroh of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series demands of his nephew at the crossroads of destiny, “It's time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: who are you and what do YOU want?” We too stand at a similar crossroad. We stand at a crossroad of time, where we are given the tools to learn about the past, understand the present, and hopefully influence the future.
This year’s conference focuses on the shared significance of the past, present, and future of the Asian American community. Celebrating the momentous occasion of being the twentieth LTS conference, “Reflection” embodies these three objectives: to look into the past, and learn from the struggles and triumphs of the earlier generations; to look into the mirror, and see both how we and society appear in the present; and finally, to look into the future, and understand what our role is in strengthening the Asian American community.
||Welcome from the LTS Co-Chairs
||First Round of Workshops
||Keynote Address: Bonnie Tsui
||Second Round of Workshops
||Third Round of Workshops
||Forum with DANakaDAN + Jhameel