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Book Club

The Asian American Cultural Center Book Club offers members of the community to engage in meaningful and thoughtful literary discussions that explore various cultural, political, social, and personal issues related to Asian and Asian American experiences.

For this semester's installment of the AACC Book Club, we are collaborating with the YWCA's community read and we will be reading When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. When the Emperor Was Divine is a novel set in 1942 that tells the story of a Japanese-American family forced to relocate from their home in Berkeley, California to a desert internment camp on the orders of President Roosevelt. As the U.S. was fighting against Germany, Italy, and Japan in World War II, all Americans of Japanese descent were placed in internment camps due to fears that they supported Japan and its emperor over the U.S.

The books will also be available for purchase at a discounted price of $5.00 at the AACC.  We look forward to hearing from you.

1.     "Good Luck Soup" Documentary Screening w/ Panel Discussion 
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Location: Champaign Public Library

2.    Book Discussion: "Identities"  
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 pm-8:00pm
Location: Urbana Free Library

3.     Book Discussion: "Immigration and Discrimination"
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Location: Champaign Public Library

4.    Origami Craft & Story Time for Families
Date & Time: Monday, October 23  at 6:00 pm-6:45pm
Location: Urbana Free Library

3.    "Yuki Speaks Out" 
Part of AACC's Tuesdays Food For Thought Lunch Series
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 14 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Location: The Asian American Cultural Center 1210 W. Nevada Street

4.    Keynote Lecture with Karen Su & Yuki Llewellyn
Date & Time: Wenesday, November 15  at  7:00 pm-8:00pm
Location: Champaign Public Library

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