ECAASU 2013 came to Columbia and had its opening ceremony on Friday night, various workshops and forums on Saturday afternoon, and a kickin’ after-party last night. Sarah Thompson*, appreciator of all things Asian, braved the stares to check out the opening ceremonies.
ECAASU, the East Coast Asian Association Student Union, is kind of a big deal, or so everyone was saying. The few things that I think are big deals are typically frozen and come from 7/11 or Dairy Queen, but in the chance that ECAASU 2013 might have ice cream, I signed up to attend its opening ceremony in Roone Arledge.
The place was packed for the 36th annual event. I’m talking 1,200 people from schools as close as Stony Brook University and as far away as the University of Florida. Everyone seemed really excited, taking selfies and screaming when they saw their friends from other schools. I felt a little out of place, but breathed a sigh of relief when the lights went down.
During introductions, organizers said that Asian Americans are the fastest-growing demographic in the US, and that one of the goals of the conference was to “empower [Asian Americans] as agents of change in [their] communities.”