Fall Events

All events are free and open to the public. If you need an accommodation in order to participate, contact 312-413-9569 or aarcc@uic.edu a week ahead of the event.


Upcoming Fall 2015 Events






Past Fall 2015 Events


Dare to be Powerful: Building Asian American Power

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Stevenson Hall Room 220

701 S Morgan St

Chicago, IL 60607

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To finish the semester off, AARCC and Chi Sigma Tau Fraternity are bringing in Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago to present "Dare to be Powerful: Building Power in the Asian American Community".

In this workshop we will be focusing on the importance of building power in the Asian American community by discussing stereotypes associated with Asian Americans and analyzing why we aren't as well represented in comic books. We will then relate these fictional stories to those of real Asian Americans and discuss ways to build power in our community.

We hope to see you come out and support our last event of the semester. Let us set a goal and finish this semester off strong!



Dealing with Expectations: "What are you going to do with your life?"

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Stevenson Hall Room 220

701 S Morgan St

Chicago, IL 60607


Join us for a dialogue focused on the Asian American family expecations when it comes to major and career choices.

Where do these expectations come from? Are you the only person facing these expectations? Where can you go to help navigate these expectations here at UIC?










Triangulation: Mosque Battles, Theatre, and Civic Engagement

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Stevenson Hall Room 220

701 S Morgan St

Chicago, IL 60607

mosque alertThe Asian American Resource and Cultural Center invites you to attend a workshop presented by Silk Road Rising Artistic Director and award winning playwright, Jamil Khoury on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.

At the event, Khoury will introduce his latest work-in-progress, Mosque Alert, and share select video clips from the groundbreaking new play development and civic engagement process he has created online. Khoury’s talk will address questions of religious pluralism, Islamophobia, and civil rights, drawing upon local, national, and international contexts.

Mosque Alert explores resistance to the building of mosques in communities across the U.S. with a specific focus on two families, one Muslim, the other Christian, living in Naperville, IL. In 2013, Mosque Alert received the ChangeMaker Award in recognition of the project's contributions towards creating a socially just environment for Muslim Americans.


After the presentation, the audience will be invited to participate in a talkback with Khoury and to share their personal experiences and comment upon the fictional scenarios created in Mosque Alert.

Silk Road Rising is an award-winning, Chicago-based, theatre company. It commissions, workshops, and produces new plays that tell universal stories through Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses.


To learn more about Mosque Alert, click here.

This is part of AARCC’s Community Connections program series that introduces UIC students, staff, and faculty to Chicago’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.


Academic Pressure and Stress: What is "Normal", What is "Problematic", and How to Manage

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Stevenson Hall Room 220

701 S Morgan St

Chicago, IL 60607


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To help you get you through the other half of the semester, we’re hosting a how-to workshop on distinguishing “normal” and “problematic” academic pressure and stress and provide some tools to handle each kind.

Grace Lee, a family and wellness counselor from the Korean American Community Services in Chicago will be our guest presenter.
Join us on Tuesday, October 27th from 3:30-4:45 pm in Stevenson Hall, room 220.












UIC Exhibit Opening Reception for Chicago's Families: Rites of Passage

Monday, October 19

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

African-American Cultural Center 
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
830 S. Halsted Street
Addams Hall, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60607
Free and open to the public


To register: https://www. chicagoculturalalliance.org/? post_type=events&p=9539&



Rites of PassageRites of Passage explores family traditions. Family traditions are intrinsically connected to important life stages and travel with their respective communities, helping families maintain important bonds. Learn about the traditional Chinese and Ethiopian customs related to birth, marriage, longevity, and death and explore the contemporary cultural practices in Chicago's Chinese-American and Ethiopian-American communities. The exhibit will be on view at the UIC African American Cultural Center October 19 through December 11, 2015.


Rites of Passage is part of Chicago's Families: Where Community Begins, a collaborative project of the Chicago Cultural Alliance spanning six sites across Chicagoland. This exhibit is co-curated by the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago-Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center and the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago with support from the University of Illinois Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change - African-American Cultural Center and Asian American Resource and Cultural Center. 



STOP THE HATE! ReActing Through Community Organising

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
James Stukel Towers Auditorium
718 W Rochford Street,
Chicago IL 60607

Register at http://goo.gl/forms/H8czPMUpsR

Stop the HateWaking in Oak Creek profiles a suburban community and local law enforcement working to heal after six worshipers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin are killed in a hate crime shooting. https://www.niot.org/cops/wakinginoakcreek

A Prosecutor’s Stand follows San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang as he brings hate crime charges against perpetrators who brutally attack a Mayan dishwasher, an African American homeless man, and a transgender woman. https://www.niot.org/cops/aprosecutorsstand

After the film screenings, there will be a moderated panel discussion comprising of community leaders & legal advocates who are working towards preventing and dealing with hate crimes in our neighborhoods.


Chicago Commission of Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR), South Asian American Policy and Research Institute - SAAPRI (SAAPRI), Graduate Student Council (GSC at UIC), the Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy, Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC), UIC's UIC Campus Advocacy Network, and UIC's UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center, the Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy, UIC Police Department




What does the American Dream Mean to You?

Wednesday, October 14th
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2



How do you pursue the American Dream in your Life?

Does pursuing it alter, reinforce, or destory   identities?

In this nation of immigrants, we each strive for a better life, and negotiate our
own expectations with those of our families, communities, and wider society.
UIC is a microcosm of this diversity, and we can learn from one another as we
work to achieve our dreams and build a better world for all.

Come discuss these ideas and more at this Arts-Based Civic Dialogue on
Immigration, hosted by the Latino Cultural Center and the Asian American
Resource and Cultural Center.


Through a conversation over lunch, we will connect local to national and international concerns, providing a safe space to discuss this pressing issue through art, storytelling, and asset-based problem solving. By sharing the immigration experience of participants personal or
family journeys, we are hoping to create bridges and a sense of community.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Dating

Tuesday, October 13th
3:30 - 4:45
SCE, Commuter Student Resource Center
Hosted by: Apna Gar and AARCC



Our prenters will be Radhika Sharma, Alina Ali, and Fauzia Mohammad from Apna Ghar, a leadinChicago organization against domestic violence.

Food will be provided on a first-come, first served basis!



















DACA and UIC Resources for Undocumented Students


Come learn about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and resources at UIC for undocumented students from:
• Nayoung Ha from the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center and the Asian American and Arab American Collaboration on Deferred Action
• Jennifer Juarez from UIC’s Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services
• Members of the UIC student organization, Fearless Undocumented Alliance

DACA allows for:
• Deportation Relief
• Work Authorization
•  Certain Scholarships
• In-state Tuition (at some campuses)
• Emergency, Employment, and Educational Travel


This is the first of our Community Connections programs this fall introducing UIC students, staff, and faculty to Chicago’s Asian American communities.




Ice Cream Social

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The 11th Annual Ice Cream Social, which is being held on Friday, August 28th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM in the Lecture Center Quad (Rain Location, SCE 302), is an event where you can learn about the Asian American resources on campus, like AARCC, the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant, Asian American Studies Program, and the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans. You will also get to meet members of Asian American student organizations and learn more about their orgs and how to become a member. There will also be delicious ice cream provided, and a live DJ, at no cost for you!







Past Fall 2014 Events


AARCC Lunchbox! DACA and Education Resources for South Asian Students


When: Tuesday, November 25

Where: African American Cultural Center Library

            Second Floor Addams Hall, Room 200

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Did you know that there are a growing number of South Asian students and youth who are undocumented, eligible for immigration relief, but have not yet applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?  Hear from UIC alum, DREAMer, (an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the United States as a child and had gone to school here) and SAAPRI volunteer Chirayu Patel about his inspirational story.  Learn how undocumented youth and families can get help from local South Asian organizations.  Hear from Manpreet Teji, youth ambassador for White House Initiative on AAPIs, about the bigger picture on resources for AAPI students.

This event is sponsored by South Asian American Policy & Research Institute, Apna Ghar, Chicago Desi Youth Rising, the Indo-American Center, UIC's Association of Indian Pharmacists in America,and Fearless Undocumented Alliance.

Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and no RSVPs are needed or taken!


AARCC Outing to "The Hundred Flower Project" on November 14

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Come join in on this AARCC group outing as we go to The Hundred Flowers Project presented by Silk Road Rising! Click here to learn more about Silk Road Rising 

When: Friday, November 14 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St., Chicago
How Much: $10 security deposit (that you will receive back at the play)

Here is a brief description of this play:
Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. The plot turns from the process of creating a play about propaganda, to the play becoming propaganda itself.  The characters become enveloped by their own Cultural Revolution, just as Mao led his people to believe they were in control of their own country.  The play speaks volumes about the role of technology and its relationship with power, agendas, and the politics of group practices. 

Click here to learn more about this play


AARCC Lunchbox: "Asian Parents React to 'I Love You'"

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Friday, October 24
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Daley Library, Room 1-470

Have you seen the youtube video by college student Steven Lim?  In the video, Lim asks a diverse group of Asian American college students if they had ever told their parents they loved them, and vice-versa.  As it turned out, not many of the students had, so he asked them to call their parents and say, "I love you" and see what happens.

This AARCC Lunchbox will be about the concept of "love" between Asian parents and their children. Do you and your parents say "I love you" to one another?  What does it feel like if you do, or what does it feel like if you do not?  How does your family express "love"?



Volunteer for Apna Ghar's Stride Against Violence 5K Walk/Run

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Saturday, October 19

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Montrose Harbor, Chicago

(Corner of Montrose Drive and Simmons Drive)


Apna Ghar is hosting their annual Stride Against Violence 5k run/walk. For over 20 years, Apna Ghar has been a safe haven for women and children in Chicago who face domestic violence, but don't have the support networks or access to services needed to break free. If you would like to give back to the community with other UIC students then volunteer for this event and help Apna Ghar fight for their cause.

If you would like to volunteer for this event please email atrinh3@uic.edu by Friday, October 10 along with your:

Full name:

E-mail Address:

Cell Phone Number:


Complimentary Tickets to Ching Chong Chinaman
8:00 pm Friday, October 10, 2014 at Raven Theater Complex (6157 North Clark Street)

Poster of Ching Chong ChinamanLauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman satirizes the Asian American identity and explores what happens when a Chinese American family loses all sense of their cultural heritage. The ultra-assimilated Wong family is living the American dream, but not all is perfect. Upton, the Wongs' youngest child, dreams of becoming a World of Warcraft champion and the only things that stand in his way are his daily chores and homework. Desdemona, the Wongs' daughter, has goals of attending Princeton, but her math grades are not up to par. Upton comes up with an idea to solve both their problem by acquiring Jinqiang, a Chinese indentured servant who envisions an American dream of his own. For more information on the play visit http://www.a-stw.org/.

If you would like to sign up for this event, please come to Taft Hall 101 with a $10 deposit which you will be refunded at the time of the event! Last day to sign up is Friday, September 26, 2014


AARCC Lunchbox: "Love in Islam: A discussion of 'Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

lunchboxFriday, September 26
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Latino Cultural Center Gallery
Lecture Center B2

The AARCC Lunchbox series is BACK! Join us for "Love in Islam: A discussion of "Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" with guest speaker, Editor and Writer, Nura Maznavi.

Lunchbox is a casual discussion series where participants get to learn and engage with a topic related to the Asian American community.

Lunch is provided, but is served on a first-come, first-served basis- no RSVPs will be taken.


Ice Cream Social

Friday, August 29

2:00 – 4:00 PM

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The 10th Annual Ice Cream Social, which is being held on Friday, August 29 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in SCE 302. Ice Cream Social is an event where you can learn about the Asian American resources on campus, like AARCC, the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant, Asian American Studies Program, and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans.  You will also get to meet members of Asian American Student organizations and learn more about their orgs and how to become a member.  There will also be delicious ice cream provided by the Village Creamery, and a live DJ, at no cost to you!


In the event of bad weather, the Ice Cream Social will be held in room 302 of Student Center East, which is located on the 3rd floor of the tower building at coordinates T-5 on this campus map: http://www.uic.edu/uic/docs/UICVisitorMapMCeastsouth.pdf