Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events:

ACC Staff Drop-In Virtual Office Hours
Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 2 through Dec. 2
Description: Melanie 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.

IU Asian Culture Center, Purdue University, and University of Illinois present "Minor Feelings" Book Discussion Series
When: Every Monday on Sept. 14, 21, 28
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Meet the Author: Cathy Hong Park on October 2, 2020, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Register here!
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

    • 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 

Film: Aparison (Apparition)
Part of Series: Isabel Sandoval: Uncompromising Vision, IU Cinema Virtual Screening Room, curated by Brittany D. Friesner, with support from IU Cinema, the Ove W Jorgensen Foundation, Asian American Studies Program, and Asian Culture Center

Date: Tues, Sept 15
Time: 7–8:27 pm EST
Cost: Free, no ticket required
Description: Isabel Sandoval is scheduled to be present for a virtual conversation and interactive Q&A moderated by Indiana University Visiting Assistant Professor Christine Peralta and Purdue University Assistant Professor and filmmaker Dada Docot. Join us for a virtual film introduction, film screening, and interactive Q&A with writer/director Isabel Sandoval. Be sure to download the free online meeting platform Zoom to your computer or phone to be able to access this virtual event and sign up to join the September 15 Zoom event via this link. You will be able to stream the film at no charge from September 11–21 only to the device of your choosing. Only those registered for the Zoom event will have access to the film.
About Aparisyon (Apparition): The tumult leading up to Ferdinand Marcos’s 1972 declaration of martial law has infiltrated even the cloistered walls of Adoration—a monastery nestled deep in the woods outside of Manila. Avoiding the careful watch of Mother Superior, wide-eyed novice Sister Lourdes begins attending political rallies surreptitiously with Sister Remy, a young nun suffering a crisis of faith following her brother’s protest-related disappearance. Pitting prayer against political action, guilt against sin, Apparition tackles the repercussions of (mis)construing the actions of men as the will of God. In English, Filipino, and Tagalog with English subtitles. Contains explicit content, including depictions of rape and examinations of the repercussions of sexual violence. Not rated. Released 2012. Directed by Isabel Sandoval.

Subtle and Not So Subtle Asian Expectations
Date: Thursday, Sept. 17
Time: 12-1 pm
Register here 
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. For the event in September, join ACC and the Filipino American Association in reflecting on how Covid-19 has impacted our living situations and family relationships.

Isabel Sandoval: Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Program
Part of Series: Isabel Sandoval: Uncompromising VisionIU Cinema Virtual Screening Room, Jorgensen Guest Lecture Series, curated by Brittany D. Friesner, with support from IU Cinema, the Ove W Jorgensen Foundation, Asian American Studies Program, and Asian Culture Center
Date: Friday, Sept. 18
Time: 7-8:15 pm EST
Cost: Free, no ticket required
Description: Isabel Sandoval is scheduled to be present for a virtual conversation and interactive Q&A moderated by Indiana University Associate Professor and Asian American Studies Program Director Ellen Wu. Join us for a virtual conversation and interactive Q&A with writer/director Isabel Sandoval. Be sure to download the free online meeting platform Zoom to your computer or phone to be able to access this virtual event and sign up to join the September 18 Zoom event via this link.
About Isabel Sandoval: Isabel Sandoval is a New York-based Filipina filmmaker and MacDowell Fellow in film. The Museum of Modern Art has cited her as a “rarity among the young generation of Filipino filmmakers” for her “muted, serene aesthetic.” She is the first transgender director to compete at the Venice and BFI London film festivals with the New York-set trans immigrant drama Lingua Franca. Her noir-inflected debut feature Señorita had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival. This was followed by the Marcos-era nun drama Apparition, considered a contemporary Philippine film classic, which won awards at the Deauville and Hawaii film festivals after premiering in Busan. Her three features—all female-centric dramas of interiority and displacement—have screened at prestigious international film festivals, including Thessaloniki, Stockholm, Vancouver, AFI Fest, and Palm Springs. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, New York Film Academy, MoMA, Independent Filmmaker Project, and Frameline. In November 2019, she received the SFFILM Westridge Foundation screenwriting grant for a new project, Baptism. Isabel Sandoval’s latest feature film Lingua Franca is being distributed by ARRAY, Ava DuVernay’s film distribution company, and will premiere on Netflix in the United States on August 26, 2020.

Alice WongGather 'round the Table with Alice Wong - Registration - Facebook Event
Date: Thurs, Oct 1
Time: 5-8:00 P.M. EST
The Council for Community Accessibility’s annual Gather 'round the Table event will be a great discussion with Alice Wong (bio below). It will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m on Thursday, October 1st, at the Monroe Convention Center (and on Zoom) and will include, besides Alice's keynote presentation, two moderated panels one with community members and one with a contributor to Alice's book (schedule below). We ask that attendees read two essays from her book to be able to fully engage with the presentations and we are going to provide you with that book for FREE. There is limited seating due to social distancing requirements, so register below for your spot and the book now! PLUS, we have a great selection of appetizers and desserts all on us (actually Indiana Humanities: This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities)!
Alice Wong Bio
Alice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant and the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project® (DVP), an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture, created in 2014. Currently, Alice is the Editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century, an anthology of essays by disabled people, available now by Vintage Books.
For the Convention Center's plan for keeping us safe and socially distancing.
Zoom: URL to be supplied post registration

  • 4:45-5:00: Attendees arrive
  • 5:00-5:30: Council for Community Accessibility Introduction and More! Appetizers Round 1
  • 5:30-5:55: Keynote Presentation: “Disability Visibility in 2020” by Alice Wong
  • 6:00-6:15: Break, Appetizers Round 2
  • 6:15-6:55: Panel #1: “Unspeakable Conversations” by Harriet McBryde Johnson
  • 6:55-7:10: Break, Appetizers Round 3
  • 7:10-7:50: Panel #2: “Canfei to Canji: The Freedom to Be Loud” by Sandy Ho
  • 7:50-8:00: Dessert and Wrap Up

ACC’s Over a Cup of Tea presents, “Racial Injustice and Inequality in America: A Public Health Issue”
Register here
Date: Wed, Oct 14
Time: 5 – 6 pm ET
Description: Jointly sponsored by the Asian Culture Center and School of Public Health’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, this event will talk about how the AAPI community has benefited from the Black struggle. We will begin with a review and understanding of civil rights history, followed by a panel of activists that will address the public health issues that disproportionately impact people of color.


AAPI Pop Culture, Arts, and History:

Remembering our Beginnings
Description: In observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this video features reflections and stories from Asian American students at IU.

Spotify Playlist: Asian American and Pacific Islander Musicians
We're celebrating different AAPI musicians each week throughout AAPIHM! Our very own ACCers, Kelly Fan and Anna Mach, are curating playlists and compiling information about these artists and we hope that you give them a listen and support these amazing talents!
This week we'd like to showcase artists of the pop genre so feel free to give them a listen here:


“Classical Covid” by IU Alumnae Liwen Weng (MM ‘13) and Tracey Jen (BFA ‘15) 
IU alumnae Liwen Weng (MM Piano Performance '13) and Tracey Jen (BFA Painting '15) have recently created a video response to COVID-19: "We hope that music and art can be therapeutic to people during these difficult times." Liwen Weng is an Indianapolis-based musician and piano instructor, originally from Taiwan. After graduating from IU, she went on to receive her DMA in Piano Performance and Literature from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Tracey Jen is a Taiwanese-American artist, curator, and art instructor, currently based in West Lafayette. After IU, she went on to receive her MFA in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. 

Asian American Studies Creativity Showcase Winner: Karen Cheng
Our web designer, Karen Cheng, submitted a video documenting her first week of online classes as a first-year student at Indiana University Bloomington. Besides talking about studying and classes, the video also offers tips for self-care/routines, clips of my day-to-day life, and brief historical notes. The aim of this video is to provide an entertaining break during these chaotic times while also informing quarantined viewers on helpful lifestyle habits.

Asian American Studies Creativity Showcase Winner: Kevin Phan
Our student assistant, Kevin Phan, submitted a video titled Surveillance to address the competition's theme "Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders + COVID-19."

Asian American Studies Department Creativity Showcase Winner: Tiffany Xie
Our student assistant, Tiffany Xie, submitted a poem titled Fish and Basketball to address the competition's theme "Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders + COVID-19." Read the poem here.

Wild Grass covered by Anna Mach

Threnody for the Victims of the Tohuku Earthquake 3.11covered by Anna Mach

Japanese American WWII Incarceration and Indiana University: History Briefing by the IUB Center for Veteran and Military Students 
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry. Sharing in the hysteria, the IU Board of Trustees voted on May 9, 1942 to bar the admission of Japanese American students to IU. In this video history briefing, John Summerlot, Director of the Center for Veteran and Military Students at IU Bloomington, talks with IU Alumnus Eric Langowski and explores how Japanese-American veterans played a role in breaking that ban.


Past Events:

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


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. Follow these simple suggested steps to have the best virtual experience:

  1. Join 10 minutes before the event starts via the link above to allow for time to get set up
  2. If you are new to Zoom, download the zoom app when you first start or join your first Zoom meeting
  3. Wait for the host to join the meeting

If you should experience any technical difficulties or have any technical questions, please email us at

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.

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