Let us break through walls and pre-defined boundaries and move beyond the status quo into action.
In twenty-six years, the Korean American Students Conference (KASCON) has seen a multitude of open forums encompassing the various aspects of Korean-American identities, values and experiences. We explored the relatively short but profound and heartfelt journey on which our Korean American community embarked. From the humble foundations as newly-arrived immigrants to the United States to the celebration of the increasing prominence of Korean Americans in the United States with hallyu and “Asian Invasion”, we recognized a modest but definite establishment of Korean presence in the international arena.
As the natural next step, it is time for our generation to :
- decide what is next for the Korean American community
- challenge the conventional ideas and progress onward.
The goal of KASCON 26: BREAK! is to ultimately encourage us to be our own architects in constructing our journey and to make our own decisions for today, tomorrow, and our personal and communal futures. KASCON 26 will serve as a medium for students to push the boundaries of being a typical Korean American and break out of that mold. We want to encourage participants to envision their own definitions of identity and society. Only then can our generation break out of our comfort zones – the protective glass bubbles built by our parents and grandparents before us and strengthened by our collective contentment.
KASCON 26 at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design is to introduce the long-awaited advent of a new era of Korean Americans: an era that goes beyond beginnings, small voices, and increasing international visual.
Join us in March 2013 in that journey.