Trilateral Symposium Experience

Immensely enjoyable.

There’s no other way to describe my week with the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) and Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) Executive Committee members (ECs). From forging new connections, learning about and from each other, and sharing best practices for our respective conferences, the JASC-KASC Trilateral Symposium was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we are eternally grateful for.

As most of my colleagues have already posted about, Trilateral Symposium was a chance for the JASC and KASC ECs to break up into mixed groups, discuss issues relevant to our roundtable (RT) topic, and collaboratively create and present a 20 minute presentation for a panel of experts.

My RT, Urban Future and Its Challenges, was especially challenging; most of us came into the Symposium with little knowledge and expertise on urbanization and urban issues. On Monday, Jan. 5, International Student Conferences (ISC) invited Dr. Bertrand Renaud, an expert on financial and urban development and real estate finance, to speak with us regarding our RT. Although a lot of information was packed into the hour-and-a-half meeting, everyone in the Urban Future RT was very impressed by Dr. Renaud’s remarks and feedback. We subsequently incorporated what we learned into our Trilateral Symposium presentation, which received positive feedback from the panel of experts and audience members.

Without a doubt, I can definitely say that Dr. Renaud and the Urban Future RT inspired me to learn more about urban cities not only in Japan, Korea, and the U.S., but also around the world. I want to continue what we started at Trilateral Symposium and learn more in order to hopefully move the world and create a better future.

I would like to thank ISC, including Yuuki Shinomiya, Minjun Chen, and Chelsea Irvin, for the extremely well-organized conference. All of the JASC and KASC ECs left Trilateral Symposium feeling very empowered and grateful for an amazing and unforgettable experience. Special thanks as well to Trilateral Symposium sponsors, donors, lecturers, and supporters; the Symposium wouldn’t have happened without you! Finally, thank you to my colleagues, the JASC and KASC ECs, for continuing to serve as role models and inspiration to me (even though I am older than most of you all!). I can’t wait to continue working with you all in the future!

—Christina Bui, American Executive Committee Recruitment Chair, 8th KASC

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