Events and Programs

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Reception With special guest, actor and filmmaker, Patrick Wang
Date: Thursday March 27, 2014
Time:  4-6 pm
Venue:  IMU Federal room

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Series
In the Family, March 27 at 7 pm
Patrick Wang’s lecture is on March 28 at 3 pm
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, March 28 at 7 pm
Linsanity, March 29 at 3 pm
Venue:  IU Cinema, 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Description: The IU Cinema will be presenting an Asian American Film Showcase as part of the 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage month celebration in March-April. The film showcase will screen three films under the theme “Movement”:  “In the Family,” a feature debut by director Patrick Wang that tells the quietly arresting tale of a man trying to maintain his fatherly relationship with his deceased partner’s son; “Linsanity,” a documentary that chronicles the astonishing rise of Taiwanese American basketball player (and Houston Rocket) Jeremy Lin from relative obscurity to global NBA superstar;  and “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” is a documentary film of a 98 year old Chinese American writer, activist, and philosopher who lives in Detroit.  Grace Lee Boggs activism is very much a part of the African American movement for 70 years.  She has devoted her life to an “evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.”

It’s A Girl, A Documentary and Panel Discussion
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Venue: Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
The sponsors are the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women, the Monroe County Women's Commission, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and IU Asian Culture Center.
From the film’s website: In India and China, where sons are valued and daughters are a burden, millions of babies are killed, abandoned, or selectively aborted, simply because they are girls. This is known as gendercide. After the film screening, there will be a discussion with guest panelists Sara Friedman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies and Keera Allendorf, Assistant professor of Sociology and International Studies at Indiana University, and Dheepa Sundaram, Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and Dhar India Studies Program.

Raas Royalty presents a discussion on Exclusion and Citizenship
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: IMU Tree Suite
Description: This event will feature a discussion on Asian American 'Exclusion and Citizenship,' part of the Smithsonian's traveling poster exhibit. Raas Royalty and Timmy Global Health will be leading this event, which is supported by ACC’s Community Engagement Fund.
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Asian Cultures Around Campus presents “Holi Festival” Sponsored by IU Asian Culture Center, Dhar India Studies, and Indian Student Association
Date: Friday,  April 4, 2014
Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Venue:  Collins Living Learning Courtyard, Woodlawn Avenue
(Color fight will be held towards the end of the program from 5:30 to 6p.m.)
Description: Holi  also known as the festival of colors is one of the most festive holidays in India. It will be celebrated at IU with dance demonstrations, food tasting, henna, and color powder throwing to symbolize the coming of spring and bringing good harvests. Holi typically falls on the day after the first full moon in the month of March and is a day full of laughter and fun! For more questions please contact  Don't forget to wear something you don't mind getting color on.  In case of rain, the event will be postponed to another date.

Building Railroads/Cultivating Land: A discussion featuring the Smithsonian poster exhibit
Co-sponsored by Chinese Calligraphy Club and Kelley Without Borders
Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Ballantine Hall 246
Description: Have you ever wondered the history of the railroad? We invite you to explore Asian Americans' historical contributions to the railroad and how they continue to impact America today. This event is made possible by the Community Engagement Fund Grant and is co-sponsored by Chinese Calligraphy Club and Kelley Without Borders.

EASC Special Event: The K-Pop Revolution and the Spread of the Korean Wave
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: State Room West, Indiana Memorial Union
Description: Psy's "Gangnam Style" surprised everyone when it became the biggest Youtube hit ever in 2012. But Korean pop music — along with the rest of Korean pop culture — has actually been on the rise for years, gaining fans around Asia, into the Middle East, Europe, South America and the United States. While Korea has a rich cultural heritage, the successes of today are a result of a mix of artistic, business, and technological forces, stripping away old constraints and empowering creators and audiences like never before. The rise of K-pop is about much  more than just a pop music factory system; it's about the future of popular culture.
Mark James Russell is the culture editor for the Korea JoongAng Daily, and has written about Korean culture, economics, and society for such publications as the New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, and the Wall Street Journal. For more info, please email

Culture of Care Week presents: Southern Poverty Law Center, The State of Hate and Extremism in the U.S.
Guest Speaker: Leica Brooks, Director of Outreach for the Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: April 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Venue: Kelley School of Business, Room 223
Description:  This workshop will discuss the issues of hate, hate-speech, and extremism in the United States. Lecia Brooks will facilitate this event in which students will learn about the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the dangers faced by hate groups both historically and contemporarily. How does hate influence poverty, oppression, and inequalities in society? This question among many others will be analyzed and students will come away from the event understanding effective ways to advocate against hate.

Inaugural Asian Pacific American Inspiration Awards and Conference on “Intercultural Hospitality”
Hosted by Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council with support from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 11:30 to 5:00 pm
Venue: Indiana Memorial Union
Email for more details.

EASC Special Event: More than a Number: Reading The Tale of Genji Through a Digital Humanities Approach
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014   
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Ballantine Hall Room 004
Description: (Forthcoming)
Catherine Ryu is an associate professor of Japanese literature at Michigan State University (MSU), where she has taught for thirteen years. She is also the original inventor of Cube2Cube, a visualization system  platform (U.S. patent pending). At MSU, she is a member of the Digital Humanities Learning Community in the College of Arts and Letters, and was a 2013 Spring Fellow at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). An author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals, her research and teaching interests include Japanese literary studies (classical and modern), Korean studies, Global studies, visual cultures, game studies, and corpus linguistics.  For more info, please email

Taste of Asia by IU's Asian American Association
Date: April 10, 2014
Venue:  IU Auditorium
Time:  6:00 pm
Description: IU Asian American Association's annual spring event, The Taste of Asia, features cultural performances followed by food from local Asian restaurants. It is completely free to the public, including IU students, faculty, and the Bloomington community. This year we are collaborating with other Asian organizations around campus for this event and we hope you and your friends come celebrate and learn about Asian culture with us! For more information, contact

Origami Workshop for Undergraduates Hosted by Hutton Honors College
Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Great Room, Hutton Honors College
Description: Learn techniques used in the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Space is limited.  Please email to reserve space indicating your interest in the "Origami" program and your year in school. For more info, please contact Charlene Brown at

Tamil and Bengali New Year
Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: Dhar India Studies Program, India House, 825 E. 8th Street Bloomington, IN
Join us at India House and help bring in the New Year! On Monday, April 14th we will mark the beginning of the New Year for most traditional calendars in India including Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Mithila, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura, and Tamil Nadu as well as in portions of Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malyasia, and Thailand. The 60-year cycle is related to the five revolutions of Jupiter, or to 60-year orbit of Nakshatras (stars) as described in the Surya Siddhanta (a Hindu text on astronomy). In Bengali communities Pohela Boishakh or Bengali New Year is an auspicious day for marriages and often feted with cultural festivals, special foods, new clothes, and family gatherings. In Dhaka, Bangladesh an integral part of the festivities is the Mongol Shobhajatra, a traditional colorful procession organized by the students of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University. Tamil communities commemorate Puthaandu or Tamil New Year with a feast, neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity, and entrances are decorated elaborately with kolam (a kind of painting done outside the home in rice flour meant to bring prosperity). Our celebration will feature snacks, henna, flowers, music, and a cultural program featuring traditional elements of bringing in the New Year. This event is co-sponsored by Asian Cultural Center and the Indian Student Association. For more info, please email

Paniolos: When Hawaiians met Mexican Vaqueros
Date: April 16, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue:  La Casa (715 E 7th St, Bloomington)
Guest Speaker: Lavalliere Emerald Kehaulani Leslie Clumb. Leslie has been dancing with Indy hula of Indianapolis for the past six years and is a direct descendant of King Kamehameha The Great.
Program Description: During his reign, King Kamehameha received cattle as a gift from British Captain George Vancouver.  However, King Kamehameha didn't know what to do with them, so he just let them graze the land.  It was not until 1832 at the invitation of the Big Island's governor, John Adams, who requested that the vaqueros and Spaniards come to the islands to teach the Hawaiian cowboys the methods of cattle ranching. From there, the cowboy tradition, known as “paniolo” was born. This talk will explore the creation of this tradition, centered on the personal narratives of the family of Lavalliere Clumb.  For more info, please contact Lillian Casillas-Origel  This event is sponsored by La Casa and Asian Culture Center.

Folding Into Light by Jiangmei Wu: A Lecture and Workshop

Co-Hosted by the Indiana University Art Museum
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Venue: Conference Room, 3rd floor, IU Art Museum
Jiangmei Wu is trained in and has practiced design across a wide range of design disciplines. As an artist, she is interested in how folding can be expressed mathematically, physically, and aesthetically. As a designer, she is interested in applying the art of folding toward producing functional products for primarily interior spaces through means of sustainable manufacturing; digital fabrication and algorithm based generative design. Her latest collection of Folded Light Art has gained lots of attention world-wide and has been published in many design magazines internationally. Currently she is partnering with Indiana University’s Research and Technology Corporation in pursuing design patents and design licenses of her Folded Light Art collection.She is the coauthor of Living Design: The Daoist Way of Building (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998). There will be a hands-on activity in folding paper after Wu’s lecture. Supplies will be provided and light lunch will be served. Please rsvp via email at or by phone at 812-856-5361.  Limited to 30 participants. 
Date:  Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Bloomington Farmers Market, 401 N. Morton Street  (Showers City Hall Atrium and Outdoor Stage area)
Description: sponsored by the IU Asian Culture center in cooperation with the City of Bloomington’s Safe and Civil Program and the Bloomington Farmers Market. Come and enjoy the diversity within Asian cultures through cultural performances, art crafts, and activities such as a chopstick challenge, calligraphy, henna, and many more. Have a taste of traditional Asian dishes at the cooking demonstration. For more information, please email In case of rain, the event will be held indoors at the Showers City Hall Atrium.

"Kurds and Kurdistan: An Introduction"
Date:  Monday, April 21, 2014
Time:  3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue:  Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street
Description: Bloomington community member Kanyaw Ali will provide a powerpoint presentation introducing the community to the Kurdish culture. This event will also feature Kurdish foods, including Dolma with Grape Leaves. Please join us for this unique opportunity to learn about Iraqi Kurdistan.

ACC’s Student Recognition Banquet
Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time:  7:00 to 8:30pm
Venue:  NMBCC Grand Hall
Description: The Student Recognition Banquet is an annual celebration held to recognize graduating students as new IU alumni and to recognize the Asian and Asian American student leaders at IU for their contributions to the university. By invitation only.
Indonesian Cultural Night presents "Back to Childhood Memories"
Date: April 26 2014
Time: 6.00pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Wilkie Auditorium
Description: Indonesian Cultural Night is the biggest annual event of Indonesian Student Association presenting Indonesian culture (traditional dances, songs, traditional foods, and traditional games). This semester, there will be authentic Indonesian foods, interactive booths, and performances.   For more info, please contact Paulus Hardjabrata at