Asian Culture Center

Free Classes and Counseling

Asian Language Learning Program

The ACC has developed a new format for our language classes. Rather than class levels in the past, we have categorized each class into two types:

Basic: Basic language skills, survival phrases, and introduction to culture (this replaces our beginners class)
Tutorial: Intermediate to advanced language tutorial and conversation (this replaces our intermediate/advanced classes and allows for more flexibility)

To register for free, please come to your first class 10 minutes early to complete the orange student registration form. Email with any questions.

Check back after the fall semester begins for the list of classes.

Peer Support Service

The ACC offers free English tutoring and mentoring service to IU students, led by peer volunteers. These student peer mentors provide advice, support, and kindness to students who would like some guidance with cultural adjustment, campus life and schoolwork. These one-on-one meetings may also be an opportunity to practice conversational English and meet new friends. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are needed.

Hours will be posted in the beginning of the fall semester.

Asian Cultures Around Campus

Asian Cultures Around Campus is an ongoing series of performances and instructional demonstrations featuring student talents as well as homegrown and renowned artists outside of Bloomington. By sharing different Asian art forms around campus, the Asian Culture Center endeavors to bring the Asian cultures closer to the IU and Bloomington communities.

Asian Cultures Around Campus is a year-round program. Some events are annual, like the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and Lunar New Year, while some are much more frequent. Currently, we have two such programs that are on a weekly basis.

Asian Cultures Around Campus, featuring Henna 101
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., at the ACC, beginning January 18

Come to the ACC to learn ancient Indian art of henna designs. You will have hands-on experience, as well as the chance to learn basic techniques and designs. If bringing a group larger than 6, please email in advance.

Asian Cultures Around Campus, featuring Calligraphy Lessons
Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m., at the ACC

Learn and practice the art of East Asian Calligraphy. During our meetings, the instructors will share interesting facts about calligraphy as well as teach you to write in the ancient script in both brush and hard-pen formats. Beginners are welcome and encouraged, and lessons are free and open to the public. For more information, please email Informal classes will meet every Friday from 4:30-6 pm during the semester to practice. Classes will not meet over spring break or when IU is closed.

“Let’s Talk” and “Let’s Keep Talking” Counseling and Consultation Services

Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m., with Jacks Cheng

“Let’s Talk” is a free and confidential informal consultation with an emphasis on self-understanding and finding solutions to problems provided at the ACC. In addition to walk-in conversation, Let’s Talk Now connects students to other accessible campus resources, both informal and formal. Consultants may refer students to the “Let’s Keep Talking” professional counseling service provided at the ACC by Dr. Wilson Hsiao. Walk-ins welcome!

This service is part of a cross-campus program through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). View the news release here.

Responding to Incidents of Casual and Everyday Racism

Need a place to talk about feeling discriminated on campus or in the community? Don’t know what to do when someone makes a racial comment about your friends or you? We can help! Please do not hesitate to contact us at the ACC. This service is provided to allow students to share personal experiences of racism and discuss ways of identifying, coping with, and confronting casual and everyday racism in a confidential atmosphere. For appointments and moreinfo, please contact