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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered Asian American?

Asian Americans are the largest racial minority group on campus. Asian Americans are an extremely diverse group made up of many different ethnic groups. Asian Americans are persons having origins in any or the original peoples of East Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.

  • East Asian generally includes Chinese, Korean, and Japanese

  • Southeast Asian generally includes Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese

  • South Asian generally includes Asian Indian, Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan

  • Pacific Islander generally includes Native Hawaiian, Guamanian, and Samoan

Is the Asian American Cultural Center just for Asian Americans?

No. The Asian American Cultural Center is dedicated to fostering appreciation and understanding of Asian American and Asian international experiences. The AACC provides programs and events each week for anyone interested in learning about and experiencing Asian American cultures. Almost all AACC-sponsored events are free and open to the public. Additionally, each week many student organizations and campus units also sponsor events and hold meetings at the AACC. Space may be reserved by affiliated organizations and by other campus units for programs related to the mission of the AACC; however, space may not be reserved by individuals.

What is the difference between the Asian American Cultural Center and the Asian American Studies Department?

The Asian American Cultural Center and the Asian American Studies Department both represent the University's commitment to exploring Asian American experiences. The AACC is a unit of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations in Student Affairs and AAS is a program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Asian American Studies Department offers courses that lead to an interdisciplinary minor, promotes research and publication, and sponsors conferences, colloquia, seminars, brown bag lectures series, invited lectures, and other activities. The two units, located at 1208 and 1210 West Nevada Street, are physically connected and share a conference room.

Are there other campus units that focus on the cultures and people of Asia?

There also are several University units that explore the cultures of Asia: the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Japan House; OIIR International Education; Asian Educational Media Service; the Asian Library; and the Program on South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Additionally, International Student and Scholar Services offers advising, programs and outreach for international visitors and international student organizations.

How can my organization become affiliated with the AACC?

Contact our Assistant Directors, Kenny Importante at kennyi@illinois.edu or Christina Carpio at ccarpio@illinois.edu.

How do I find out about future events or programs at the AACC?

The AACC sends an electronic newsletter every Thursday afternoon during the fall and spring semesters. It provides information and updates on the Asian American community and the general campus community. To subscribe, send an email to aacc@illinois.edu with "subscribe to AACC-L" or "unsubscribe to AACC-L" in the subject.