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Library Collection

What is the resource collection?

Ever stop and take a look at the books, cds, dvds, and magazines in the Activities Room on the second floor of the AACC? This would be the home of our Resource Collection which houses number of educational and leisure reading resources and media about Asian Americans and other members of the Asian Diaspora.

Here's the best part, if you don't see something you want, TELL US! Our first and foremost priority is you, the student and we want what you want! Send your suggestions to aacc@illinois.edu

Can I check out materials?

Of course! Materials may be checked out of the AACC’s Resource Collection by UI students, staff, and faculty. To reserve, all you need is a valid I-Card.

So what do you have?

So much to say but so little space to describe it all! For a full and searchable list of all the materials we have, you can visit our Library Thing.  Here's a breakdown of some of the things in our collection:

Fiction
There's more to Asian American fiction than The Joy Luck Club, and we work hard to ensure that we collect works from a wide breadth of experiences and backgrounds representative of the our Asian American community. Here's a peek at just a few of the items on our shelves:

  • Graphic novels Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings, Derek Kirk Kim's Re-Gifters, and Gene Juen Yang's American Born Chinese.
  • Novels and short stories
  • Plays like M Butterfly or David Henry Hwang’s FOB

Non-Fiction 
While we don't necessarily focus on academics, donations from Alumni have allowed us to collect many of the books used in Asian American Studies courses and other areas of research. Feel free to peruse the collection to research for classes, or delve deeper into other topics that might catch your eye. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Politics and activism
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Asian American art/artists and film.

Movies 
Everyone knows that movies are the perfect for a break from your studies or even as a way to spark discussion for an event with your RSO. The growing collection independent films, documentaries, comedy shows, and even recordings from past UIUC RSO events like India Night or the Moon Festival!

  • Harold and Kumar (An old favorite of yours and mine)
  • Finishing the Game(Justin Lin's comedy about the search for a new Bruce Lee in hopes to finish the film Game of Death)
  • The Slanted Screen (Representations of Asian American males in film)

Music
Give a listen to music from some of your favorite and up-and-coming APA artists. We also have a growing collection of spoken word including the sounds of Beau Sia and Chicago's premiere PanAsian Spoken word group, I Was Born with Two Tongues.

Games 
Apples to Apples, Go, Scattergories, Cranium, Mahjong, CatchPhrase, you want it? We got it! Reserve for your next event or relax in the lounge and play. Games can be found in the Resource Room; ask the front desk for a key to the game case.

Reference 
Although our reference materials must remain in the AACC, the information you can find here is varied and invaluable. For example, you can find:

  • Resources on scholarships, Asian American businesses,resource centers, and internships around the country
  • A growing collection of publications from Asian American non-profit groups
  • Archives - News publications from the Champaign-Urbana area including the DailyIllini and the News-Gazette
  • Asian Am interest newspapers from around the country
  • Independent Asian Am interest magazines covering everything from pop-culture and fashion advice to major issues affecting our community.