Please join Asian Americans for Equality and the Asian American Federation for the 2018 Asian American Community Development Conference.

This lively annual event brings together community development practitioners, community leaders, advocates, academics and elected officials for productive and stimulating conversations about issues critical to our communities. This year, the conference will be held Friday, Nov. 9. 2018 at the Asia Society. Click here to order tickets.

In the past year, efforts to reform criminal justice and education policy have revealed blind spots and implicit biases against Asian Americans. They have also underlined the importance of greater participation by Asian Americans in local and national campaigns to create more opportunity for communities of color. At the conference, we will take a hard look at the issues around school diversity that have come to the forefront in New York City, discuss the growing wealth gap among Asian Americans and brainstorm ideas for increasing our collective political power through advocacy and activism.

We invite you to join the conversation on social media during the Conference. The Conference hashtag is:




We will also be Live Streaming the Conference on Facebook.  You can find AAFE on Facebook at AAFE1974, on Twitter at AAFE1974 and on Instagram at AAFENYC.

Event Details

Date: Nov. 9, 2018

Location: Asia Society
725 Park Avenue

Time: 1-5 p.m.




Asian Poverty: Challenges in Community Development. A report by Howard Shih, Research & Policy Director of the Asian American Federation.

Prompted by the contentious debate around admissions to New York’s specialized high schools, a conversation about school diversity: How to make our schools more equitable, how to provide better opportunities for all students. Could lessons learned from Brooklyn District 15’s diversity plan provide a partial answer?

(Moderator) Adam Lubinsky: Facilitator, Brooklyn District 15’s Middle School Diversity Working Group, Managing Partner of WXY Studio. He has been a teaching fellow for the M.Sc. in Urban Design and the M.Sc. in Town Planning at the Bartlett Schools of Architecture and Planning and is currently visiting faculty in Cornell University MUP program.

David Lee: Founder of CoalitionEDU, a network of alumni, students and parents who support the examination policy for admission to New York’s Specialized High Schools. He is  Education Committee Chair of The Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York. Lee sits on the board of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation and the Scholastic Merit Fund.

Jason Wu: Graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society, opponent of current admissions system. Wu co-wrote an editorial about the SHSAT in Crain’s.

Lynn Shon: STEM teacher at Middle School 88 in Park Slope; member of Brooklyn District 15 School Diversity Working Group.

The Midterms are over, now what? Did recent efforts to boost immigrant participation in Congressional elections bear fruit? Our panelists will consider strategies for increasing participation by immigrants in the political process, not only in national campaigns but also at the grass roots level in our communities. The panel will also discuss emerging digital tools, such as “We Chat,” making an impact in immigrant communities, and influencing opinions.

Steven Choi: Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition. which includes more than 200 member groups representing immigrant communities statewide. Previously Executive Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action and Director of the Korean Workers Project at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF).

Suman Raghunathan: Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), which fights for racial justice and advocates for the civil rights of South Asians in the United States. Former Interim Executive Director and longtime Board Member of Chhaya Community Development Corporation.

Theo Oshiro: Deputy Director, Make the Road New York. Appointed by Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to serve on city- and state-level policy task forces focused on immigrant health and health disparities.

Hua Hsu: Staff Writer. The New Yorker; author of the recent article, “The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action.” Associate Professor and Director of Program on American Studies, Vassar College. Author of, “A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy & Failure Across the Pacific.”


Recap: 2018 Asian American Community Development Conference

Recap: 2018 Asian American Community Development Conference

Our 11th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference took place Nov. 9, 2018 at the Asia Society. Participants engaged in lively and illuminating conversations about critical issues facing our communities. AAFE co-hosted with the...

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