Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events:

ACC Virtual Office Hours with Kevin and Sarah
Dates: Tuesdays at 12 PM ET, Jan. 26 - Apr. 27
Description: Kevin and Sarah will be hosting weekly drop-in virtual office hours for students. If you have a question, want to chat, or want to connect, join us! Please register in advance here.

ACC Virtual Office Hours with Hibah and Kelly
Dates: Thursdays at 5 PM ET, Jan. 28 - Apr. 29
Description: Hibah and Kelly will be hosting weekly drop-in virtual office hours for students. If you have a question, want to chat, or want to connect, join us! Please register in advance here.

Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations: Diversity Guidance from Campus Experts
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 7-8:30 pm ET
Registration link
Description: Everyone is invited for the next in our series of virtual discussions, “Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations: Diversity Guidance from Campus Experts,” featuring a panel of representatives from the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion. This Community Conversation will focus on programs of IU's various culture centers, the services they provide to students, and how Jacobs students, faculty, and staff, can be better allies and support their important work.

IU Asian Alumni Association Career Panel
Date: Thurs, April 22
Time: 7 pm ET
Description: Join to hear from a panel of Asian IU Bloomington alumni working in a variety of fields and professions. Panelists will share the highs and lows of their career journeys. Zoom link here.


AAPI Heritage Month: Arts Industry Insight
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Time: 5 PM PST (8 PM EST)
Register here or email for link
Description: Join us for a Zoom panel as we elevate AAPI voices and provide a space to discuss topics like social impact, representation, equity, and more within the media industry! We will have non-profits such as Asian American Arts Alliance and OCA Asian American Advocates with us to talk about their work too.S+AAPI-Flyer-Main.png

Past Events:

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Colloquium Series presents, Dr. Margaret Magat, author of Balut: Fertilized Eggs and the Making of Culinary Capital in the Filipino Diaspora
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Time: 4 pm ET
Register here
Description: In “Balut: Fertilized Eggs and the Making of Culinary Capital in the Filipino Diaspora,” Dr. Margaret Magat explores both the traditional and popular cultural contexts of eating balut, embryonic eggs that have developed feathers and beaks. Hailed as an aphrodisiac in Filipino culture, balut is often used as an object of revulsion in Western popular culture and this work draws on interviews, participant observation, reality television programs, food blogs, and balut-eating contests to examine how traditional foods are used in the performance of identity and ethnicity. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Folkmore and Ethnomusicology, the Journal of Folklore Research, IU Food Studies Institute, and the Asian Culture Center.

Indiana Review Blue Light Reading Series
Date: Sat, April 3
Time: Workshops at 10 am ET, Reading at 6 pm ET
Description: Blue Light Books’ Annual Reading and Workshop will feature poet and prose-writer Sally Wen Mao. Mao is the author of Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019) and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the New York Public Library and George Washington University. Her work has been published in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Tin House, A Public Space, and the Best American Poetry. She is currently a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute in Las Vegas. 

Letters for Black Lives Conversation Series
Date: Any Saturday from Feb. 20 to April 3
Time: 3 – 4 pm ET
Description: The Asian Culture Center, in cooperation with the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council (APAFSC) at Indiana University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Asian American Cultural Center, and University of Illinois Chicago Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, invites you to join us in a moderated conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement in your native tongue. Feel free to commit to one or more sessions. We will host discussions in English, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, and Mandarin. Please register to choose your preferred language. For queries or for more details, please contact Kulsoom Tapal at

7th Annual Indiana Asian American Conference
Date: Saturday, March 13
Time: 1:15 - 6:20 P.M. ET
Description: This year's annual Indiana Asian American Conference brings together a diverse group of panelists and workshop facilitators to inspire empathy and creativity. Organized by the Asian American Association at Indiana University, this virtual conference features an art workshop, career panel, food cook-a-long, political history workshop, and keynote speaker workshop by Chinese American rapper Jason Chu. We hope to give you a greater understanding of how to incorporate creativity into your life and learn more about the contemporary and historical impacts made by Asian Americans in the US.2021-IAAC.png

Subtle and Not So Subtle Asian Expectations
Date: Thursday, March 18
Time: 12-1 pm ET
Description: You see it, you hear it, you feel it. This is a topical series to explore and share everyday encounters of the subtle and not-so-subtle stereotypes experienced by people who identify as Asian American. Each event in the series will feature a topic, discussion, and takeaways for how to cope and address these issues.
Everyone is welcome and feel free to bring a lunch with you as we chat via Zoom. Email with any questions.

Lunar New Year Celebration with the Monroe County Public Library
Date: Friday, Feb. 12
Time: 4:30-5 pm ET
Description: Join us for a virtual celebration of the Year of the Ox! This event will feature Lunar New Year stories, book recommendations, and interactive fun! All ages welcome!

FriDate with Teach for America
Date: Friday February 5
Time: 4-5 pm ET
Description: Ever wonder what tackling educational inequality looks like? Join Teach For America and the Asian Culture Center for a Fridate Q&A discussion. We will discuss how educational inequity is impacting the nation and what Teach For America is doing to combat this challenge.
I encourage you to come ready to discuss and ask questions. The presentation will be hosted by Anjali Bhatt, a senior at the Kelley School of Business. On campus, she is involved with the Hoosier Scholars Ambassadors, ADAPT Consulting, and the Folklore and Ethnomusicology Student Association. She will be joining the Teach For America South Carolina 2021 Corps upon graduation to teach middle school math.
Feel free to reach out to with any questions.

Asian American Studies Timeline Digital Exhibit Launch
Date: Thurs, Dec 3
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. EST
Grab a celebratory drink and please join the Asian American Studies Program and the Office of the Bicentennial for the official launch of, “Past, Present, and Future: Asian American Studies at Indiana University.” This public-facing digital exhibit honors the significant contributions of IU community members who began advocating for an Asian American Studies Program in the late 1980s and supporting its present-day teaching and research activities. Our virtual celebration will showcase several alumni, faculty, and staff advocates who played key roles in the evolution of IU’s AAST program. The exhibit creators—Stephanie T.X. Nguyen, Doctoral Student, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; and Zackary Hegarty, Doctoral Student, School of Informatics, Virtual Heritage—will discuss why they created the exhibit to mark IU’s Bicentennial.
Check out the digital exhibit here

ACC’s Over a Cup of Tea presents, “Racial Injustice and Inequality in America: A Public Health Issue”
Date: Wed, Oct 14
Time: 5 – 6 pm ET
Watch the recording of the event here.
Description: Sponsored by the Asian Culture Center, School of Public Health’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and the Asian Pacific American Faculty Staff Council, we discussed how the AAPI community has benefited from the Black struggle and social movements on racial justice and equality. We briefly reviewed civil rights history, then heard a panel of activists address the public health issues that disproportionately impact people of color. The panel included Lauren McCalister, a prenatal and postpartum yoga instructor, doula, community birth worker, and IU Community Health educator, as well as Jaclyn Dean, the Policy and Government Affairs Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.​

IU Asian Culture Center, Purdue University, and University of Illinois present "Minor Feelings" Book Discussion Series
Meet the Author: Cathy Hong Park on October 2, 2020, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Join us as we read and discuss Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings. Interested in attending? Please email to receive a webinar link. IU students, faculty, and staff can access the e-book here  
Access Zoom recording here. Password: F^2py1Y0

  • Sept. 14, “United” & “Stand Up” hosted by Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue University
  • Sept. 21, “The End of White Innocence” & “Bad English” hosted by Asian American Cultural Center of University of Illinois
  • Sept. 28, “An Education,” “Portrait of an Artist,” & “The Indebted” hosted by the IU Asian Culture Center With support from IU Asian American Studies and the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society 

Viewing of “PBS Presents: Asian Americans”
Premieres May 11 and 12 Nationwide.  Please check local station for the schedule. 
PBS Description:  Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that will chronicle the contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. Personal histories and new academic research will cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it. Professor Ellen Wu, History Dept., and Director of Asian American Studies is a contributor to this documentary.

ACC Lunch Hour Conversations
Zoom Meeting Hosted by IU Asian Culture Center
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Please register here.
What’s on your mind? Please join us for an informal conversation about keeping safe and maintaining mental and emotional wellness.  How are you coping during this pandemic? What kind of food, movie, podcast, music, or book brings comfort and peace to you during these challenging times? 
Come grab your lunch or a cup of tea and share your thoughts and questions with our friends from Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Wei-Chen (Wilson) Hsiao and Daisy Anspach. Before COVID-19, Wilson and Daisy maintained regular counseling hours at the ACC. We miss seeing them and we’re glad that they have agreed to be joining us virtually.  
The virtual streaming forum will use Zoom, a participatory video chat platform. Similar to an in-person event, participants have the opportunity to ask a panelist questions by using the Q&A function. The forum will be recorded and available on-demand after the event.  

COVID-19 Exposed” Webinar Recording 
On April 8, the Asian Culture Center and the School of Public Health’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion hosted the webinar, “COVID-19 EXPOSED: How the Coronavirus Outbreak Reveals Racism and Xenophobia.” If you were unable to attend, you can view the recording here:
Many thanks to our panelists: Dr. Rodrigo Armijos, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Cedric Harris, Director of Bias Response, Division of Student Affairs, Aurora Le, Academic Specialist, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, and Dr. Lesa Major, Associate Professor, The Media School. Special thanks to Ochmaa Escue, Director, OVPDEMA Overseas Studies and Scholarships Program, for providing technical assistance.

Virtual Netflix Party
Date: Every Saturday of April, starting from April 4th  
Venue: Netflix Party (instruction)
Join us in our virtual Netflix Party! In celebration of IU Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, ACC will be hosting a series of movies of AAPI actors, actresses and directors that are currently showing on Netflix. We will be using Netflix’s new feature of Netflix Party (instruction), where viewers are able to watch and chat synchronously. To receive an invitation link to Netflix Party or for any questions, please email Daniel Park at An active Netflix subscription is required in order to join.
Movie schedules:
May 2nd - The Half of It by Alice Wu


Resources on responding to COVID-19 related racism and xenophobia 
The Asian Culture Center, with the assistance of other units, has compiled a list of resources for students, faculty, staff, and community members page. This page provides links to report bias incidents and hate crimes, ways to respond and stand against racism, and additional readings.
More resources for IU students, faculty, and staff
We are sharing a list of resources that other organizations located on and off campus have compiled in addressing support for food, shelter, financial and well-being needs for faculty, staff, and students. This page also includes articles about community-engaged classes and programming, virtual volunteer opportunities, and regional resources. 
Update on COVID-19
Please visit for up-to-date information, but also feel free to contact us
The doors to the IU Asian Culture Center may be closed, but we are more than happy to assist, chat, and engage with you in a remote fashion.

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The Arts and Humanities Council has been proud to work with the Asian Culture Center on programs that celebrate the rich cultures of Asia and Asian America and that promote IU Bloomington as a diverse global campus. The Asian Culture Center has been an invaluable partner for us in our efforts to make the arts and humanities accessible to all IU students and to advance the arts and humanities as critical components of IU student success and community development.

Ed Comentale, Associate Vice Provost for Arts and Humanities