Spring 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.


Past Spring 2016 Events



Career Pathways


Career Pathways flyer imageThursday, March 10, 2016

2 pm - 4 pm

UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room


Interactive roundtable discussions with speakers, ideas, and connections that will charge your career path.


This is your chance to explore different career pathways through your choice of discussions hosted by professionals from various fields.


This event was organized with the support of Ascene Chicago and The Greeks of the Pan-Asian American Council at UIC.

This is a free event and refreshments will be served.


Please register by Monday, March 7th. Visit the Career Pathways page for more info and to register.




Past Spring 2015 Events



violence against women in bollywood

AARCC Lunchbox: “Examining Representations of Violence against Women in Bollywood (Indian) Cinema”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM
Addams Hall, Room 200


Meghna Bhat is a doctoral candidate in the Criminology, Law, and Justice program with a concentration in Gender and Women Studies. Her dissertation research explores images of women and violence against women in Bollywood cinema. Join us as she discusses her research and implications on the South Asian community.


This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and no RSVPs are needed or taken!

Please contact AARCC with any questions or accommodation requests at 312-413-9569 or




AARCC Lunchbox: “We Are Here to Listen: Stigma

and HelpSeeking Behavior among Asian Americans”

Thursday, April 23, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM
Richard Daley Library, Room 1-470


Samah Khan (Friends of InTouch) will faciliate a Q/A discussion on the present-day view of mental health stigma in the Asian American population. Exploring existing mental health resources provided at UIC.


This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and no RSVPs are needed or taken!

Please contact AARCC with any questions or accommodation requests at 312-413-9569 or





Asian American Awareness Month 2015

As we enter into April, please see the AAAMonth web page for a full calendar of events.



Asian American Awareness Month Kickoff with UIC Radio and other student performers
Wednesday, April 1
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Quad East Campus
The AAAMonth Planning Committee invites everyone to hear and watch singers, dancers, spoken word artists, and other talents.

Keynote - Eddie Huang, author of memoir turned ABC show "Fresh off the Boat"
Friday, April 17
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.




Lunchbox Flyer: Anti Asian Racism March 17

AARCC Lunchbox: “Anti-Asian Racism is Alive and Well in Chicago”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
12:30-1:30 PM
Addams Hall, Room 200

Brandon Lee from the advocacy organization, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago, will be discussing the impact of anti–Asian racism on Asian American communities, as well as the history behind it. What can be done about it? Join us to find out!

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and no RSVPs are needed or taken!

Please contact AARCC with any questions or accommodation requests at 312-413-9569 or aarcc@uic.edu.




AARCC Lunchbox: Discussion of the ABC sitcom, "Fresh Off the Boat"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

12:00 - 1:00

UIC Daley Library

Room 1-470

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the new ABC television series, "Fresh Off the Boat", which is based on the memoir of the chef, restaurateur, and author Eddie Huang.  We will discuss the show's historical significance, characters, and approach to showcasing aspects of the Asian American experience.







Lunchbox Flyer Undocumented Resources February 10AARCC Lunchbox: DACA and Deferred Actions Programs: Supporting the Undocumented Community

Tuesday February 10

12:30-1:30 PM

Addams Hall, Room 200

With over 67,000 undocumented immigrants from Asia residing in Illinois, thousands of Asian American immigrants are expected to benefit from Deferred Action program.

Two community-based organizations, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) and Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), will facilitate dialogue on immigration and issues pertaining to undocumented immigrants in the Asian American community.

Join us as we share updates on Obama's latest executive action to expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the creation of Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).


Past Spring 2014 Events


Asian American Awareness Month 2014

As we enter into April, please see the AAAMonth web page for a full calendar of events organized by various student organizations, AARCC, and Asian American Studies. Visit here.

Keynote - Phil Yu, creator of Angry Asian Man! blog
A blog to inform, entertain, and activate
Tuesday, April 15
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.
Refreshments provided.

Keynote - Phil Yu, creator of Angry Asian Man! blog

A blog to inform, entertain, and activate

Tuesday, April 15

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

Refreshments provided.


Transcending Masculinity programtranscending masculinity image

Tuesday, April 8
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Latino Cultural Center

Join us as we kick off the Transcending Masculinity Initiative
to engage and bring together male-identified persons and
those on the masculine spectrum at UIC to discuss issues of masculinity/"manhood" to transcend distorted views of identity
and social responsibility.








AARCC Lunchbox: Preview and Discussionlunchbox flyer for asian american media showcase
for the 19th Annual Asian American Showcase.

The co-executive directors of the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) Michael Barin and
Kim Turley will be facilitating the discussion. They will be sharing information about FAAIM's mission, how they
choose films for the Asian American Showcase, provide an overview of the showcase - which includes special
information about the films, art exhibits, and even special post-film festival events. Most importantly, Michael and Kim will be screening previews of some of this year's films - which are especially social justice oriented. So, come out and eat some good food and learn about FAAIM and what they stand for! Lunch will be provided by AARCC and is first come, first served.


What: AARCC Lunchbox: Preview and Discussion
of the 19th Annual Asian American Showcase
When: Thursday, March 20th 12-1pm
Where: UIC Honors College, Burnham Hall 121

Visit http://www.faaim.org for more info about FAAIM and the April Showcase schedule.

Lunch is provided first come, first served. No RSVP needed!


March UIC Heritage Garden events!march heritage garden events image

Eating Healthy with Chef Cordell
March 14, 2014; 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Latino Cultural Center, Lec Center B2


Cultivating Student Power: Home Grown activism
March 18, 2014; 12 p.m.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum







Exciting and dynamic next AARCC Lunchbox!fawzia mirza flyer image

Me, My Mother, and Sharmila Tagore by Fawzia Mirza
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
12-1:30 p.m.
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.


Lunchbox: Mixed Race Asian Americans with guest from Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Monday, February 24
12:00-1:00 p.m.
LIB 1-470

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.


Disability Poetics: Migration and Transformation
K. Barrett, spoken word performer and Emcee

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Illinois Room, Student Center East; 750 S. Halsted St.
Contact: Sara Vogt, Disability Resource Center, svogt1@uic.edu

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.




image of chef bill kim

Lunchbox: Chef Bill Kim of BellyQ,
Urban Belly
, and Belly Shack
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.
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.

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.



Lunchbox: Yellow Face in the Mediaaarcc lunchbox flier image for yellow face discussion

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.
LIB 1-470

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 lthomson@uic.edu.


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.