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You know it’s the beginning of the year when
everyone is asking what the flavors are going
to be for Ice Cream Social. Welcome in the
2009-2010 school year with free ice cream
and getting connected to AARCC! Asian
American student organization leaders voted
on the flavors, so get involved and next year The AARCC Staff:
maybe your favorite flavor will be selected! Elvin Chan, Karen Su, Corinne Kodama
Beyond ice cream, though, students and staff at AARCC are busy making sure the fall semester gets
off to the right start. A new group of mentors for our Asian American Mentor Program have already
started providing tips to new students for how to succeed, get involved, and have fun at UIC their
INSIDE first semester.
This year marks our fifth year anniversary at UIC. As AARCC staff, we’d like to take the time to
UIC Pyro 2 acknowledge all of the hard work that so many students, staff, and faculty have contributed since we
Paddlers opened. We wouldn’t be where we are today without everyone’s dedication, especially the former
students who sought to establish AARCC. We are honored to be part of a growing community that is
gaining a stronger presence at UIC and look forward to celebrating our accomplishments throughout
AARCC’s 2 the year with you!
Celebrate the beginning of school by joining us at:
AARCC’s 5th annual ICE CREAM SOCIAL!
UIC at 3
Thursday, September 3rd
Outdoor Circle West of Taft Hall
(rain location: Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B)
Studies *Get to know other students*
2009-10 6 *Learn about Asian American student organizations*
Book *Meet faculty and staff*
Ice Cream Catered by Village Creamery
This year’s flavors: Green Tea, Halo-Halo, Strawberry Sorbet, Superman, & Ube (purple yam)
UIC Pyro Paddlers in Dragon Boat Race
Dragon Boat Race
The 2009 UIC
By Elisa Lim, AARCC Campus Outreach Coordinator
Evan Sitt On Saturday July 25th, a dedicated team of UIC vol- their first heat, they didn’t make first place. Even
Eric Sonberg unteer alumni, students, staff and faculty came to- with their loss, everyone remained positive, cheer-
Edelfonso Tan gether at Ping Tom Park in Chinatown to compete in ing for the other teams and discussing improve-
Abin Thayil Chicago's Dragon Boat Race. It was a hot, sunny, and ments that need to be made for next year’s race.
Ranjini Vadakkencherry busy morning where UIC's team, the Pyro Paddlers, That’s UIC’s team, always thinking ahead and plan-
Sunil Vallurupalli raced to support literacy and the promotion of cul- ning for success.
Anthony Vu ture and diversity in local schools. Around 24 teams
Duc Vuu compete yearly in this event and UIC was proud to Said team member Jaime Leal, “For most of my life, I
Fang Wang send a team for the second year in a row. have believed I could accomplish anything on my own;
Chaoqun Xiang that I didn’t need anyone’s help. The boating event was
Karen Xie The team raced with rhythm and rowed in unity evidence to the contrary. I couldn’t have moved the boat
Jan Yang while a crowd of supporters cheered them on as on my own. I needed twenty other people. This made
Haiying Zhang they gave their best that day. Although the team won me realize it takes a group of people to make change.”
Introducing AARCC’s New Student Staff!
Meet AARCC’s Student Staff!
BING I moved to Chicago and began attending UIC as a junior in the Spring 2009
semester, majoring in English. I am the publications coordinator; I will be putting out
newsletters, fliers, posters, and other AARCC related works. My passions are in
filmmaking, skateboarding, and education. My goal is to help create easily available
information about Asian American activities on campus and in the community.
DANY I am a second year student who is looking forward to connecting UIC students
with Asian American communities in Chicago. I am also looking forward to being the
new co-chair for the Asian American Coalition Committee. You can catch me at the
Cambodian Association of Illinois on the weekends or at the Pui Tak Christian School in
Chinatown on the weekdays. If you cannot find me there, come into AARCC! You
know you want to.
ELISA Hi! This is my second year as the Campus Outreach Coordinator. I work as the
liaison between AARCC and the Asian American Organizations on campus. I also
organize the Asian American Org Council and do general outreach and publicity for
AARCC. I'm a third year Kinesiology - Movement Science major, minoring in Biological
Sciences and Chemistry. I love sports, running, sleeping, and hippos. Hope everyone
enjoys their new year and see you around!
YAO CHENG Hi. I am originally from Hong Kong and am a graduate student at the
College of Social Work with a concentration in mental health. I hope to become a
mental health counselor after graduation. I am the Graduate Assistant of the Peer
Mentor Program at AARCC. UIC is an enjoyable atmosphere for me because it is one
of the most culturally diverse campuses in Chicago. Also if you have the time I hope you
can stop by our office to learn more about our programs.
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Asian American Mentor
This is the 4th year of the Asian American Peer Mentor
Program for incoming undergraduates. AAMP is designed
to help ease the transition to UIC by introducing students
to campus resources, providing workshops on relevant
topics, and connecting students with each other.
This year we have 18 Peer Mentors who will be leading
small groups of new students. Peer Mentors and new
students meet weekly to discuss issues, build community,
and learn about campus. In addition, students attend
social, academic, and educational programs sponsored by
AARCC, many of which are open to all students. For
more info, visit http://aarcc.uic.edu or contact Corinne
Kodama at email@example.com or 312-413-9653.
UIC Attends National Queer Asian Pacific Islander
By Liz Thomson, Interim Director, UIC Gender and Sexuality Center
UIC had great representation at the National Queer Asian Pacific
Islander Alliance Conference from August 14-16, in Seattle,
Washington. Alumni Aaditi Dubale ‘08, Phillip Ozaki ‘09, Professor of
Education Kevin Kumashiro, and Gender & Sexuality Center (GSC)
Interim Director and AARCC Advisory Board member Liz Thomson
attended. They were part of a Chicago contingent that included
members of Invisible to Invincible (i2i): Asian & Pacific Islander Pride of
Chicago, a community-based organization that celebrates and affirms
Asian/Pacific Islanders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Questioning or Queer.
The NQAPIA Conference aimed to bring Asian Americans, South
Asians, and Asian Pacific Islanders together to form community,
support as well as share best practices and community organizing
experiences. Approximately 250 people attended and the Gayla on
Saturday evening featured a fashion show and performances by D Lo
and Good Asian Drivers. The Gayla keynote was Shirley Tan and Jay
UIC and Chicago area people at NQAPIA:
Mercado and family, who made national headlines due to their political
Top: Aaditi Dubale (UIC alum), Olympia (i2i), Phillip struggle around immigration reform.
Ozaki (UIC alum), Mandy Hu (i2i), Karl Kimpo
(Howard Brown Health Ctr.) This was the first conference NQAPIA organized, but it looks forward
Middle: Kevin Kumashiro (UIC College of Education), to organizing additional leadership skill seminars and working on future
Liz Thomson (UIC Gender and Sexuality Center) advocacy projects. NQAPIA began from grassroots conversations of a
Floor: Li Hsiao (UIUC alum) variety of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, and Asian Pacific Is-
lander organizations in the past three years. For more information on
NQAPIA, visit www.nqapia.org.
Schedule of Events
♦ Aug. 28-Sep. 22: Chi Sigma
Tau Rush Week. Contact Billy
at 773-875-5685 imthee-
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat ♦ Aug. 31-Sep. 11: Kappa Pi
Beta Fraternity Rush Week.
Contact Wataru 630-803-8804
Chi Sigma 1 2 3 4 5
Tau Rush Brain Art AASIA Mtg. Ice Cream ♦ Sept. 1: Body & Brain Club’s
(8/28-9/11) Workshop Social! Brain Art WorkshopNoon-3p,
Kappa Pi SCE Ward Lounge. $12 donation
Beta Rush to Earth Citizen Movement.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Ken 312-
♦ Sept. 3 AARCC’s 5th Annual
6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Ice Cream Social! 2-3:30 p.m,
Sigma Beta FIA Mtg. AASIA BBQ Outside West of Taft Hall. Call
Rho Rush VSA Mtg. 312-413-9653 or cko-
Week Bhangra Bhangra Bhangra email@example.com.
(9/7-9/15) wkshop wkshop tryouts ♦ Sept. 7-15, Sigma Beta Rho
Rush Week. Contact: Vikas at
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
♦ Sept 8-10 Bhangra workshops
FIA Modern Model Diversity KASA Mtg and tryouts. 7-8:50 pm, SCE
Tryouts; Minority Career Day Dance Studio (under bowling al-
Workshop ley). firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSA Fast A ♦ Sept. 9: AASIA BBQ. 4-6 p.m.,
SEO Field. email@example.com.
♦ Sept. 14: Filipinos in Alliance
Modern Tryouts. 4:30 p.m., SCE
20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Dance Studio (under bowling al-
Durga ♦ Sept. 14: Muslim Students
KASA Mtg. Association Fast A Thon. 6:00
VSA Mtg. Utsav p.m., Illinois Room. Contact Abdul
♦ Sept. 16: Model Minority
27 28 29 30 Workshop, hosted by AASIA. 4
pm SCE #613; firstname.lastname@example.org
Durga or 630-362-2648.
Nightvision ♦ Sept. 17: Diversity Career
Utsav Day 10 am-2:30 pm, UIC Forum.
♦ Sept. 26 (10a-9p) -27 (10a-2p).
Bengali Students Association
Durga Utsav. SCW. This Indian
Student Organization Meetings: festival involves rituals, ethnic food,
Asian American Students in Alliance (AASIA) 9/2 at 4 p.m. (Agape House) email@example.com music, dances, and drama. kou-
Filipinos in Alliance (FIA) 9/8 & 9/22 at 4, SCE #605 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
Korean American Student Assoc. (KASA) 9/18 & 9/22 at 4:30 SCE Monarch Rm. firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ Sept. 28: Asian American
Coalition Committee’s Night-
Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) 9/8 & 9/22 at 3:15 p.m. SCE #603 email@example.com
vision. A showcase of Asian
American performers at UIC! Illi-
For information on other organizations, check out our Resource Book or website! nois Room, 6-10 p.m.
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What’s New in Asian American Studies?
Asian American Studies (ASAM) explores the histories, identities, cultural expressions, social and community
formations, and politics of people of Asian ancestry (including, but not limited to, those from East Asia, South
Asia, and Southeast Asia) in the U.S. Coursework is useful for a variety of careers, including the arts, busi-
ness, education, government, health sciences, international affairs, social services, and research. Though UIC
does not have a formal Asian American Studies Program (you cannot yet major or minor in it), there are a
few courses each semester (listed below), a faculty advisory committee, and a faculty coordinator.
♦ Asian American Studies at UIC has an actual office! It will be in 809 University Hall, where students can
stop by for general ASAM information. They should contact Bill Gallaga, who will be working with both
Asian American and Asian Studies.
♦ Associate Professor Mark Chiang (English) will be the ASAM Coordinator.
♦ There will be a faculty search for an open rank Social Science position this academic year. “"I am very excited
that, thanks to the
♦ Also working with Asian American Studies this year is Prof. Mary Anne Mohanraj, who joined the UIC efforts of many
faculty last year. She will assist with programming and outreach.
students, staff and
♦ In the fall semester, Anna Guevarra will be on leave be the Philippines and Hong Kong to map out a faculty over the years,
new project examining the Supermaid Training Program, a new workforce skill development initiative of we are finally taking
the Philippines. the last steps in
♦ Gayatri Reddy is on sabbatical in India in the fall, where she is starting a new project on the cultural making Asian American
history of food in the former Portuguese colony of Goa. Part of her research explores historical pat- Studies an official
terns relating to the Afro-Asian diaspora and the Indian Ocean spice trade. Program at UIC."
♦ In the works for ASAM are a minor proposal that was submitted last spring and also the proposal to
establish a program will be submitted this fall. If these move forward smoothly, UIC could have a pro- -Mark Chiang, UIC
gram and a minor by fall of 2010 with a growing group of Asian Americanist faculty at UIC.
For more information about Asian American Studies, faculty, and courses, contact:
Bill Gallaga Mark Chiang
312- 355-3448 312-413-0463
809 University Hall 803 University Hall
Asian American Courses for Fall 2009
Need another class for your fall schedule? Consider taking a class to learn more about Asian Americans!
The following is a list of courses scheduled for fall...and there will be more in the spring so stay tuned!
ASAM/ENGL 123 Introduction to Asian American Literature H. Jun. MWF 12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
ASAM/ASST/SOC 228 Sociology of Asia and Asian Americans R. Barrett. TR 11:00 a.m.--12:15 p.m.
ASAM 290 History of Asians in the United States A. Oh. T 5:00 p.m.-7:50 p.m.
HIST 497 Topics in Cultural History: The South Asian Diaspora R. Mantena. T Th 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
HON 201 Homes and Homelands in Asian American Literature K. Su. Th 10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
101 Taft Hall (MC 203)
826 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607-7029
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JOIN OUR E- MAIL LIST,
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Do YOU have a copy of the 2009-10
UIC Asian American Resource Book?
The 2009-10 edition of the Asian American Resource Book will
be available Sept. 3rd! This book contains a wealth of useful
information about Asian American resources on campus,
including AARCC, Asian and Asian American Studies courses,
Asian American student organizations, as well as local commu-
nity organizations. This book was generously co-sponsored by
the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans.
Pick up your copy at AARCC (Taft Hall 101) or view it online at
aarcc.uic.edu. For more information, contact Corinne Kodama
at 312-413-9653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.