Reflection: First China-America Student Conference (ChASC)

I could think of little else after hearing of the China-America Student Conference (ChASC) in a webinar last summer. I researched its origins in International Student Conferences Inc. (ISC), a nonprofit founded as a result of the Japan-American Student Conference (JASC) which began in 1934. At that time, citizens of both countries convened a student-led Conference to establish friendly relations amidst increasing bilateral tension. The Conference has persisted through the challenges and triumphs of the past 86+ years, and ISC now also hosts Korea-America and China-America Student Conferences. 

Although my interest in Chinese language and culture began years ago, I realized through researching ISC that many of my early cross-cultural experiences were informed by academic or media perspectives, not by person-to-person connection. I hoped by joining ChASC as an American Delegate to both share my experiences and see beyond my Western lens through the perspectives of the Chinese Delegates. 

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Alumni Feature: Sarah Henriet, KASC 2012-2014

Sarah Henriet served as the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) Program Manager for: KASC 5, 6 and 7. In Fall 2017, she moved to Korea to start a wine startup called 수devie (Soodevie), meaning “Water of Life.”

What’s funny is that, my motivation to start a business stemmed from my experiences with KASC.

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