ITASA National Conference

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | February 14th - 17th, 2019


me and ama

weaving together stories of our past with memories of our future


Our Vision

Through Me and Ama, we hope to create a space for intimate dialogues and communal growth around Taiwanese American identity. We aim to begin answering the questions: What does it mean to belong to Taiwanese America? What are our family stories? What are the questions, loves, and tensions we hold in our families?

Recognizing the diversity within Taiwanese America, we also hope to center those who are often not included in the Taiwanese American narrative, such as LGBTQ+ folks and those of Hakka or indigenous Taiwanese descent. Bringing people together means both telling our own stories and listening to others. We hope that we can expand our time together to include space for our pasts and our futures, first time conference goers and last time conference attendees, all shapes and colors of intersectional identities, and the warmth of feelings as memories that transcend time.

The Format

The conference will be held from Thursday, February 14th to Sunday, February 17th. Our Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speaker event will take place Friday night.

Saturday promises a full day of programming, featuring nine workshops divided among three sessions. Each workshop will be held by a speaker from the Taiwanese-American community, who will share their experiences and/or expertise with conference attendees. After each workshop, our volunteers will lead a debrief session, providing an open forum for attendees to share their related experiences and reflections. In between workshops, a networking session over lunch offers the opportunity to connect with speakers and other members of the Taiwanese-American community. To conclude, we will host a Dinner Banquet and a Closing Ceremony, as well as an optional Afterparty.

We hope that our attendees discover in this year's ITASA conference a place to participate in the dialogue and celebrate the culture that we share as a community, and leave enlightened and renewed in their Taiwanese-American identity.

Feelings are memories that transcend time.
— Makise Kurisu, Steins;Gate