Asians in the City

2023 Asians in the City Conference

Immerse yourself in Asian American culture!

Date: Friday, October 6th

Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Staff Dining Room

This event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

Lunch will be provided. You must pre-register.

2023 AITC Conference Registration

Questions? Contact Michael Takeda.


  • SPAM musubi & US imperialismDive into the rich history of Spam musubi in this immersive workshop. Grasp the origins of this Hawaiian delicacy and quickly transition into a hands-on session where you'll craft your very own Spam musubi to enjoy. Elevate your culinary skills and appreciation for this savory delight!
  • Papaya Salad & Lao American cultureExplore the vibrant Lao culture in this enlightening workshop. Uncover its nuances through an insightful lecture, followed by a hands-on experience crafting traditional Lao papaya salad. Marry cultural appreciation with culinary delight, mastering the art of blending spices and flavors in this authentic culinary journey.
  • Paj Ntaub/Pandau(embroidered “flower cloth”) & Hmong identityImmerse yourself in the fascinating world of Anime in this engaging workshop. Delve briefly into its history and cultural significance, before unleashing your creativity in crafting your own anime-inspired keychains. A perfect blend of knowledge and artistry for anime enthusiasts!
  • Anime as a Japanese artformDiscover the rich history and cultural significance of Hmong pandau in this insightful workshop. Learn the intricate art of pandau, a traditional form of embroidery, through a brief yet enriching lecture followed by a hands-on session to craft your own beautiful pandau piece. A woven tapestry of heritage and craftsmanship awaits!

Asians in the City (AITC) is an annual conference sponsored by the FCC Asian American Faculty and Staff Association. 


Email: FCC Asians In The City
Location: FCC Campus
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Fresno City College
Attn: Asians in the City
1101 E University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

Past Conferences

The Asians in the City Conference is an event held during fall semester in the historic Old Administration Building at Fresno City College. The purpose is to promote education, culture, and understanding; so we want to offer participants the opportunity to learn from lecture presentations, to engage in cultural workshops, and to share thoughts in discussion groups.

Participation is open to all high school students, college students, and adults in the community. Registration is limited to 100 participants. Lunch is provided. The first fifty participants will receive a free copy of the Asians in the City booklet, which showcases the work of students in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, and two-dimensional art.


AITC Student Film Festival

1st Place


Director: Fernando Galarza Carter

Contributors: Patrick Marmolejo, Monty Dodson, Fernando Ruiz, Victor Reyes, Jazmin Olivera, Juan Gomez, Kevin Rodriguez, Chris Beas, Sindy Amarta, Evan Goldstein, Larry Konsuelo, Blaze Carter, Anthony Galarzqa, Zeek Fullerton, Javi Ruiz, David dodson, Eva dodson, One job Rob

Synopsis: The year is 2014 and CMAC continues to build the speed rail.  They've taken the resources and the land from the people of the Central Valley to complete their Dystopian vision of the future.  Their corruption has taken funding for water resources.  it is up to Sav, a leader of a group called Pirate Ctrl to end CMAC's reign of control of the hard working people in the Central Valley.

2nd Place


Director/Writer/Editor/Cinematographer: Chong Thao

Contributors: Jordan Jizmejian, Jonathan Vang, Brenda Morales, Peterson Thao, Matthew Vang, Thong Chai Vang, Lyric Thao.

Synopsis: On a dark, quiet night, at a fairly isolated, rundown home, an uncompromising, gruff-in-appearance father awaits the return of his unpunctual son impatiently.  His rage and anger are unleashed upon his son who bears the brunt of his abuse.  His younger son is neither spared the mistreatment and the two boys have only each other to survive the violence that is their father.  Many years later, the boys relive a terrifyingly similar night to their childhood and the older brother comes to terms with the effects of the trauma and abuse he suffered at the hands of his father.

3rd Place


Director: Thomas Andrade

Synopsis: Creation is a short film about a sculptor who becomes exhausted with his process and dreams up a cruel fate for his creations.

1st Place


Director: Fernando Galarza

Contributors: Patrick Marmolejo, Fernando Ruiz, Victor Reyes, Jazmin-Livera, Nicolas Gonzales, Christian Barerra, Antony Yun, Francisco Ruiz, Jason Garcia

Synopsis: A young field worker, full of doubts, has to find his own voice in order to believe in himself and take the first step towards his future.

2nd Place

The Futility of Time

Director: Elias Garza

Contributors: Adam Benitez, Shireen Klein, April Vu, Graham Aldredge, Flor Garza, Gabriel Quintero, Jenna Garcia, Elias Garcia, Jonathan Perez

Synopsis: Joe is your average, well, Joe. Nothing exciting has ever happened to him, until a time traveler suddenly appears in his living room and sets off an unexpected chain of events.

3rd Place

The World and Its Ways

Director: Toni Erebia

Contributors: Jeff Morgenstern, Angelica Hanna, Jiaang Czher Choong

Synopsis: A young woman “pays it forward” by helping a man get back on his feet.