Asian Culture Center

Free Classes and Counseling

Asian Language Learning Program

This semester, ALLP will run for an 8-week session from Sept. 18 to Nov. 9. Click here to see detailed descriptions for each class.

Interested in learning an Asian language and about Asian cultures? The ACC can help! Our informal classes are taught by volunteer teachers and focus on vocabulary, grammar, and basic survival phrases, in addition to an introduction of cultural customs and background. All classes are held at the Asian Culture Center and will begin Sept. 18.

To register for these free classes, please arrive 10 minutes before your first class to fill out the student registration form. Please email with any questions.

We will add more classes as we get more volunteers, so please check our website for the most updated class schedule and descriptions.

Hindi Beginner: Mondays 6-7 p.m.
Japanese Beginner: Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Korean Advanced: Thursdays 6-7 p.m.
Mandarin Beginner: Tuesdays 5-6 p.m., Wednesdays 4-5 p.m., Wednesdays 5-6 p.m.
Mandarin Intermediate: Tuesdays 6-7 p.m.
Thai Beginner: Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.

English Tutoring & 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 for learners to practice conversational English and meet new friends. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are needed.

Monday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m., 4-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday: 2-7 p.m.
Thursday: 12-2 p.m., 2:30-7 p.m.
Friday: 12-3:30 p.m.

Asian Language Tutoring

Drop by the ACC for Asian language tutoring! These informal sessions will give you the opportunity to get tutoring in Asian languages. These one-on-one meetings may also be an opportunity to have a conversation partner and meet new friends.  Walk-ins are welcome, no appointments needed. Students will be served on a first come first served basis. This service will start Monday, Aug. 28. More hours and languages will be added as we get more volunteers.

Monday: 4-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 1-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 3-6 p.m.
Thursday: 3-5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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, 5-6 p.m., at the ACC

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
Wednesdays, 5-6 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

“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.

Drop-In Hours
Wednesday: 5-7 p.m. (with Jacks)

By Appointment through CAPS
Tuesday: 1:30-4:30 p.m. (with Wilson)
Friday: 1:30-4:30* p.m. (with Wilson)
*Hours until 3:30 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. See Voice of Discovery Drop-In Group below.

Voice of Discovery Drop-In Group

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 5-6 p.m., at the ACC

Have you been wondering how to make sense of and integrate your racial and cultural identities into a more cohesive sense of self? From the psychological development perspective, college students are in the transition period of exploring, discovering, forming, and integrating various components of self into a more cohesive one. The Voice of Discovery Drop-In Group at the ACC is a supportive group for you to meet with others, have some conversations, learn from each other, and support each other during this journey. You are welcome to join us and discover yourself with others.

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