Trinity’s Asian American Student Association Hosts First Intercollegiate Asian American Culture Night

Conference Welcomes Students from Trinity, UConn, ECSU, Connecticut College, and Wesleyan

Members of the Trinity College Asian American Student Association executive board with Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney at the first Intercollegiate Asian American Culture Night. ​
Hartford, Connecticut, November 30, 2016 – The Asian American Student Association at Trinity College hosted the first Intercollegiate Asian American Culture Night on November 18 in the Admissions Grand Room. In addition to the Trinity students who hosted the event, the conference welcomed Asian culture clubs from the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut College, and Wesleyan University. 

Each club brought food to share with the group, and offered introductions and presentations as the students got to know one another. “The energy was very high, and the enthusiasm for future events such as this was very apparent,” said Ethan Yang ’20, the first-year representative for Trinity’s AASA and one of the conference organizers. “During the open microphone session, many people passionately discussed issues relating to the Asian American identity, including conflicts with tradition, acceptance, fitting in, and being criticized for not looking Asian.”

​Trinity College AASA members Hamna Tariq ’20, Ethan Yang ’20,  and Brandon Herrera ’19 lead an ice-breaker activity during the first Intercollegiate Asian American Culture Night on November 18. Photos courtesy of Ethan Yang ’20.
The event organizers believe that this was the first step toward forming a coalition to unite Asian American culture clubs from colleges across Connecticut. The organization aims to encourage further collaboration and communication amongst its member clubs.

“My co-host Hamna Tariq and I had the privilege of hosting one of the most successful and productive AASA events ever,” Yang said. “Overall, this event was an unprecedented and historic step that has created momentum that will surely change the state of Connecticut for the collegiate Asian American, and hopefully all cultures.”