Asian American Footsteps Conference
by Ashley Bae on Friday, April 20th, 2012
On Sunday, April 15, 2012 from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Ms. WuWong and the Milton Academy Asian Society hosted the Asian American Footsteps: Finding Our Own Path conference. Started at Phillips Academy Andover just last year, Asian American Footsteps brings over 200 Asian, Asian American, and mixed-heritage Asian students together from 15 independent high schools in New England to—as the organization’s website states—“inspire,” “educate,” and “connect” these students with their heritage and their experiences as Asians.
At this year’s conference, Wesley Yang, a contributing editor for the New York Magazine, was the keynote speaker. Yang wrote “Paper Tigers: What Happens to All of the Asian-American Overachievers When the Test-Taking Ends” for the New York Magazine, and in an interview with NPR in July 2011, he touched on something Asian-Americans struggle with: why academic success may not guarantee equal success in the professional realm.
Wesley Yang was not, however, the only guest at this conference; Aiko, a Japanese pop singer, performed for the students prior to the keynote speaker.
Before and after lunch, the participating students engaged in two workshop sessions, where they discussed college life, the history of Asian-Americans, Asian parents, racial and bi-racial identity, and more.
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