Upcoming Spring 2014 Events
We are finalizing Asian American Awareness Month! Stay tuned for details.
Past Spring 2014 Events
Exciting and dynamic next AARCC Lunchbox!
Me, My Mother, and Sharmila Tagore by Fawzia Mirza
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Latino Cultural Center, Lec Center B2
Everyone is invited to join us in this special Lunchbox where
Mirza will debut her new play that chronicles her struggle to connect
with her mother as she grapples with an emerging identity as a
South Asian Queer actress and activist. Told with humor and deep insight, Mirza's journey of self-discovery carries her all the way from childhood as a Pakistani Muslim in small town Canada to living out as an actress in Chicago. Told through the lens of two women's shared love for glamorous Bollywood film star Sharmila Tagore, this is a profound and exciting new play about family,identity, and the spaces in-between.
Disability Poetics: Migration and Transformation
K. Barrett, spoken word performer and Emcee
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Illinois Room, Student Center East; 750 S. Halsted St.
Contact: Sara Vogt, Disability Resource Center, email@example.com
Students with disabilities and their allies will have the opportunity
to read and perform their own work. Want to perform? Email Brian Heyburn, Disability Resource Center by February 13. In co-sponsorship with the Disability Resource Center and student organization, Gender Umbrella Society. There will be captioning, ASL, gender-neutral restrooms, and a scent-free environment. For students needing paratransit, the closest location for Illinois Room is at 750 S. Halsted, Student Center East building.
Kay will also be holding a spoken word workshop for students on Friday, February 21, from 12-1 p.m. Location 183 BSB, Gender and Sexuality Center Gallery, 1007 W. Harrison St.. RSVP to Brian Heyburn, Disability Resource Center, as there's limited space for the workshop. Later that evening, at Artopolis, Kay will have an informal gathering from 5-7 p.m. Light appetizers will be provided.
Lunchbox: Mixed Race Asian Americans with guest from Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Monday, February 24
With the election of the first multiracial president and the ability to check more than one box on the 2000 Census, the multiracial movement in America is growing. Yet the way race and ethnicity are perceived in our society ignores the complexities of racial classifications that are exposed by the multiracial experience. Participants will explore their own sense of racial/ethnic identity, examine the issues involved in racial identity formation, learn about the history of racial categorization and mixed race in America, and focus on the unique experience of multiracial and multiethnic Asian Pacific Americans. This workshop aims to help participants realize that they have the right to choose and claim their own sense of identity. Food is first come; first served. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Complimentary tickets to staged reading of Rumi: Love, Madness, & Ecstasy
When: Sunday, February 9th at 4pm (show will last about 90 minutes)
Where: Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building and dinner TBA
How much: Free (with $10.00 deposit)
AARCC will be attended a staged reading of Rumi: Love, Madness, & Ecstasy. Rumi: Love, Madness & Ecstasy follows Sadia's journey to India as a volunteer for the exiled Tibetan community. During her stay, she meets who she believes is the love of her life, and begins a whirlwind romance. Shortly thereafter, they wed and move to America. All of a sudden, the love of Sadia's life goes from being her soulmate to an individual who is so toxic that her life is on the line. As she struggles to escape from the psychological terror that her husband puts her through, she finds light when she discovers the enlightened Sufi poet, Rumi. Rumi's spiritual insights resonate within Sadia, and eventually guides her to freedom.
Followed by the stage reading, students went to a nearby restaurant, Exchequer, for an evening of rich conversation and some delicious food!
Volunteering with JASC's Adult Day Services
What: JASC Adult Day Services
When: Monday, February 3rd from 10am-1PM
Where: Japanese American Service Committee (4427 N. Clark Street)
AARCC volunteered with the Japanese American Service Commitee's Adult Day Services program. The program offers support to older adults and their families. AARCC's volunteers assisted the group with interactive games, serving lunch, physical exercise, and reading to the elderly.
Love and Labor: Domestic Workers as Community Docents at Jane Addams Hull House
When: Sunday, January 26th from 2-4 PM
How much: FREE!
The specially arranged interactive tour will take place this Sunday will be facilitated by Myrla Baldonado and Madel Reyes, who are both immigrants from the Philippines and are currently domestic worker organizers in Chicago. Domestic workers are individuals who provide household support for an individual or families, and some domestic workers live within the household that they work in.
Myrla and Madel will share their personal stories as a part of the tour and dialogue on Sunday. Myrla, for example, sends much of her income back to the Philippines in order to support a brother-sister pair of orphans who are cared for by Myrla from afar. Madel was a practicing dentist and oral surgeon in the Philippines who could not afford to get certified here, so she is a domestic worker who volunteers with a clinic.
Lunchbox: Chef Bill Kim of BellyQ,
Urban Belly, and Belly Shack
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2
Hear Chef Kim talk about how he and his
partner founded bellyQ, Belly Shack,
and Urban Belly - a Latino/Asian fusion of food
in a unique and affordable price. In co-sponsorship with the UIC Heritage Garden initiative. Food is first come; first served.
Lunchbox: Yellow Face in the Media
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Still today, images and actors are using "yellow face" in the media. What are the consequences of these images and messages for Asian Americans? How can the Asian American community assert a counter message? What is the media's role in accountability? These and other questions are all ripe for discussion.
Lunch will be provided, and space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. A vegetarian option will be available. If you have any questions or if you require accommodations, please contact Liz Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Spring 2013 Events
Asian American Awareness Month - April 2013
The month gets started with Viet Le's talk on Monday, April 1st hosted by the Asian American Studies Program. The kickoff to the month in the Quad on Wednesday, April 3th, will feature performances from hip hop artist Monotone, student performers, Julian on the Radio as guest emcee, and DJ Noyze providing additional music. Beverly Kim, Chicago chef and quarter-finalist from Bravo's Top Chef, comes to campus Wednesday, April 10th.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
From: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Burnham Hall Room 114
The topic for this AARCC Lunchbox will be Asian Americans in Mainstream Media. We will be examining and talking about the representation of Asian Americans in film and television. This will be a casual lunchtime talk facilitated by Karen Su, Director of AARCC and Jeffrey Alton, Visiting Associate Director.
Lunch will be provided, and space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff at email@example.com
The AARCC Lunchbox Series is Back!
Thursday, February 7, 2013
12:30 - 1:30
Burnham Hall Room 114
The 1st AARCC Lunchbox of the Spring Semester kicks off with “Asian Americans on Youtube!” Come watch Asian American Youtube videos and let’s talk about what makes them go viral!
Free Lunch is provided for this casual discussion, but seats are limited and on a first come, first served basis. For questions, please contact Jeff Alton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be giving priority to students, though faculty and staff are welcome to attend!