Earlier this month, two St. Markers attended the 7th annual Asian American Footsteps Conference (AAFC) at Philips Andover Academy.
This conference provides Asian, Asian-American and mixed-heritage Asian students attending secondary schools with a safe space to explore issues specific to their experiences through a daylong series of empowering workshops, activities and networking opportunities. The goals of the AAFC are to inspire youth to embrace their identity and culture; educate students through stimulating workshops and speakers; connect and foster a community within the independent school network to share ideas and experiences; and affirm the experiences of Asian, Asian-American and mixed-heritage Asian students.
Over 200 international Asian and Asian-American students from New England boarding schools attended this year's conference. The keynote speaker was poet and author Tina Chang, who teaches poetry at both the City University of Hong Kong and Sarah Lawrence College. Representing the St. Mark's Asian Students Association were Cai (Ivy) Li, a Fourth Former from Guangzhou, China, and Hyun Joo (June) Seong, also a Fourth Former, from Seoul, South Korea. Faculty advisor to the St. Mark's Asian Students Association is Ms. Rubo Fu, who teaches Chinese in the SM Modern Language Department.