Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Asian American Awareness Month - April 2009 Calendar of Events

The kickoff event this year is on Wednesday, April 1st with the editors of
the "Secret Identities - The Asian American Superhero Anthology". If you
want a copy early, they are for sale ($21.95) in the textbook section of the
UIC Bookstore (750 S. Halsted St, 312.413.5500, closed for inventory week of

Also don't miss the pre-April events on March 30th and March 31st in the
calendar below or download a full color PDF poster/calendar at



- A Celebration of Culture and Consciousness -

For more information, including a downloadable version of our full color
calendar poster, visit the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
online at, or call (312) 413-9569.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate
in an event, please call (312) 413-9569 and every effort will be made to
provide an accommodation.

The statements, opinions, and ideas conveyed in this program do not
necessarily express the position of the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Monday, March 30th
Slaying the Dragon ­ a film by Deborah Gee
Slaying the Dragon is a comprehensive look at media stereotypes of Asian and
Asian American women since the silent era. This fascinating film shows how
stereotypes of exoticism and docility have affected the perception of Asian
American women. Sponsored by the Asian American Resource and Cultural
Center. Contact Karen Su,
3:00 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m.
Lecture Center B1

Tuesday, March 31st
Southeast Asian Refugees and the Struggle for a Just Resetttlement
Asian American Studies presents a talk by Eric Tang, Assistant Professor of
Asian American Studies and African American Studies at UIC. His talk will
examine the nearly 30 years since the first wave of Cambodian refugees were
resettled to the United States in the wake of Khmer Rouge atrocities. How
have Cambodian Americans continued to experience a low-intensity warfare
marked by urban poverty, environmental racism, and immigration detention and
deportation? Contact Surbhi Malik,
2:00 p.m. ­ 3:30 p.m.
Stevenson Hall, Institute for the Humanities (Lower Level)

Wednesday, April 1st
Asian American Awareness Month Kickoff Featuring: Secret Identities
Asian Americans are comic book artists, writers, and fans, but rarely
represented as heroic characters on the page. Thus the creation of Secret
Identities, an anthology of original stories centered around Asian American
superheroes. Join the editors Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, and Keith Chow as they
share their own experiences as Asian Americans in media and film, and
preview these unique Asian American heroes. Books will be available for
purchase and signing. Organized by the Asian American Awareness Month
Planning Committee. Contact Corinne Kodama, or visit
4:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room BC

Thursday, April 2nd
More Than Serving Tea
Asian American InterVarsity presents the authors of More Than Serving Tea,
Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Kathy Khang, who explore the intersection of gender,
race, and faith for Asian American Christian women. Contact Joshua Lau,
7:30 p.m.
Student Residence and Commons South, Rathskellar

Monday, April 6th
Seoul Train Documentary Screening
A devastating food crisis plagues North Korea and hundreds of thousands of
North Koreans have fled to China. If caught, the refugees will be sent back
to North Korea, where they face torture and execution. N.K. Peace presents
Seoul Train, a gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North
Koreans as they try to escape. Contact Rachel Kim,
4:00 p.m. ­ 5:45 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Room 613

Wednesday, April 8th
Mr. Asian Sensation
alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority and Chi Sigma Tau Fraternity present Mr.
Asian Sensation which is a male talent show in beauty pageant format. The
purpose of this event is to recognize highly motivated, ambitious, and
talented Asian American men who wish to send a message about breaking
traditional stereotypes. Contact Jennifer Guiang,
6:00 p.m. ­ 9:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room
Admission Fee TBD

Thursday, April 9th
Chinese Cultural Festival
2009 is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
between the U.S. and China. This festival will review our mutually
beneficial cooperation in a wide range of areas such as culture, education,
science and technology. Presented by the Chinese Students and Scholars
Association. Contact Wenxuan Gao,
1:00 p.m. ­ 5:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room

Tuesday, April 14th
My Sassy Korea
Korean American Student Association will be hosting its first ever fair, My
Sassy Korea! This cultural fair will showcase the life and culture of South
Korea and its people. There will be a number of booths that range from
history to pop culture. Contact Elisa Lim,
5:00 p.m. ­ 7:30 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Room 302

Friday, April 17th
The Asian American Students in
Alliance presents its annual fashion and variety show, and this year we will
be hosting an award show! Come see the scenes, from Bollywood to Asian Game
Shows and all of the acts in between. Contact Edmar Viloria,
or Jane Shin,
7:00 p.m. ­ 9:00 p.m.
UIC Forum
$5 for AASIA Members
$6 for Non-AASIA Members
$8 for Non-UIC Students

Friday, April 17th
Sayawan: FIA Formal
Filipinos in Alliance is having their annual end of the year
formal, where members can let loose and dance the night away! The evening
will be filled with FIA members showcasing their vocal and guitar skills,
and at the end of the night a king and queen will be crowned. Visit
7:00 p.m.
Wyndham O¹Hare Hotel
$35 per person
$55 per couple

Tuesday, April 21st
Like to read poetry or sing in front of a great audience? Come to the Asian
American Coalition Committee¹s open mic. ³Reclamation!² is a safe space to
spit your words, thoughts, and music in order to reclaim voices and break
barriers that have historically left our communities silenced. Free food
will be served. Contact Joyce Yin,
6:00 p.m. ­ 8:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Montgomery Ward Lounge

Wednesday, April 22nd
ASAM Knowledge Bowl & Social
Asian American student organizations compete in an exciting quiz contest.
Cheer on the student teams and increase your knowledge of Asian Americans
with games and food. Contact Surbhi Malik,
4:00 p.m. ­ 5:30 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room

Saturday, April 25th
Uproot: A Cultural Showcase of Our Generation
Filipinos in Alliance proudly presents the eighth annual UPROOT, an evening
of performances meant to convey the Filipino American experience. In
addition to traditional folk dances, FIA will present a wide variety of
contemporary acts from modern dance to spoken word. Visit
6:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room
$5 per person

Wednesday, April 29th
What We Know and Don¹t Know About Culturally Competent Interventions
Dr. Stanley Sue is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Asian American
Studies at the University of California, Davis. He is a key figure in the
history and evolution of ethnic minority psychology and his pioneering work
on the mental health of Asian Americans is world-renowned. Sponsored by the
Graduate Educational Opportunities Committee of the Department of
Psychology. Contact Dina Birman,
4:00 p.m.
Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 145

Behavioral Sciences Building
1007 West Harrison Street

Lecture Center B
803 South Morgan Street

Stevenson Hall
701 South Morgan Street

Student Residence and Commons South
700 South Halsted Street

UIC Forum
725 West Roosevelt Road

UIC Student Center East
750 South Halsted Street

Wyndham O¹Hare Hotel
6810 North Mannheim Road

alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority
Asian American Coalition Committee
Asian American InterVarsity
Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
Asian American Students in Alliance
Asian American Studies
Gender and Sexuality Center
Kappa Pi Beta Fraternity

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
Asian American Studies
Campus Progress
Chancellor¹s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Graduate College
Honors College
Jane Addams College of Social Work
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Student Activities Funding Committee
University of Illinois Alumni Association

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