Fall 2021



Fall Semester Recurring Events

I) Lunch and Learn Series

Day/Date: Thursdays, Fall 2021
Time: 12 - 1 PM ET
Location: AAARCC (915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN) & Zoom

Click here to access all the Lunch & Learn Registration Information in one convenient location.

September 16, 2021: Involving the Life Inside: The Interaction of Gut Microbiome & Nutrition on Human Health, presented by Dr. Tzu-Wen Cross, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences

September 23, 2021: Presented by 2021 Summer Intensive Writing Fellows

Launched in July of 2021, the Purdue AAARCC and Anthropology of the Hometown & Abroad organized a Summer Writing Fellowship (SWF). Participants of the fellowship spent two weeks in July 2021 working on individual projects or papers focusing on issues related to justice. Join us for the first part of project presentations by our 2021 Summer Writing Fellows.


This Lunch and Learn program is capped at 15 in-person attendees. Individually boxed lunches will be provided for attendees to eat at the conclusion of the program. To ensure enough time to purchase the food, registration will close 3 days in advance of the program or when we reach the maximum limit of participants. Please register only if you plan to attend in-person at the AAARCC, and use this linkhttps://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ealUIUm5tx614t8

If you are not able to register for the in-person participation of the Lunch & Learn Program, consider joining us online (and getting the boxed lunch at the AAARCC after the session is done)! Here is the link for the online participation:


September 30, 2021: Through the Eyes of an Arab: Being a Woman in the Arab World, presented by Mariam Alyakoob, Senior in Supply Chain, Information, and Analytics


Register for in-person participation here.
Register for the virtual presentation here.

October 7, 2021: Presented by 2021 Summer Intensive Writing Fellows


October 14, 2021: Presented by Purdue Writing Lab


October 21, 2021: Asian American Adolescents’ Family Conversations about Anti-Asian Hate: Relations with Racial Identity and Engagement in Activism, presented by Dr. Annabelle Lin Atkin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies


Register for in-person attendance here
Register for virtual attendance here 

October 28, 2021: Teaching that Empowers and Connects: Dissolving Cultural Barriers and Building Equity in Classroom through the Lens of Piano Pedagogy, presented by Dr. Shuk Ki Wong

Dr. Shuk-Ki (Suki) Wong will be presenting at the Lunch & Learn series on October 28, 2021. Her talk is titled "Teaching that Empowers and Connects: Dissolving Cultural Barriers and Building Equity in Classroom through the Lens of Piano Pedagogy."

Dr. Wong holds a doctoral degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Assistant Director of Purdue University's vocal music department, Purdue Musical Organization. Her research interests center around intercultural pedagogy with an emphasis on Chinese folk music and keyboard literature. She has conducted workshops ranging from piano playing-related injuries, cross-cultural education, to creating quality learning experiences for students with learning disabilities. Wong has also given music lectures to a broad range of audiences––from students at UW student organizations to scientists and researchers at Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. 

This Lunch and Learn program is capped at 20 in-person attendees. Individually boxed lunches will be provided for attendees to eat at the conclusion of the program. To ensure enough time to purchase the food, registration will close 3 days in advance of the program or when we reach the maximum limit of participants.


Register for in-person attendance here
Register for virtual attendance here


November 4, 2021: A Roadmap to Launching your Career, presented by Dr. Noel Paul, Executive Director of Krannert School’s Professional Development Center

Noel Paul is an experienced international business leader whose strengths lie in strategy development, implementation, coaching and delivering results. He brings skills in start-ups, turnarounds, business transformations as well organizational design/development and culture change. Noel has a breadth of functional experience across engineering / manufacturing / supply chain, commercial operations, human resources and corporate social responsibility. His functional experience spans multiple industries including pharma/biotech, animal health, technology and retail and he has led business initiatives that span across 5 continents. Noel Paul will be presenting on "A Roadmap to Launching Your Career."


Register for in-person attendance here
Register for virtual attendance here


November 11, 2021: Why I Teach China, America, and AI, presented by Dr. Jonathan Ying, Krannert School of Management, Lecturer in Organizational Behavior/Human Resources


Register for in-person attendance here
Register for virtual attendance here


II) AAARCC Student Leadership Series

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET
Location: The AAARCC - 915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN

October 11 is recognized as Indigenous Peoples' day and is a holiday that celebrates and recognizes Native American culture. In light of this, we invite Director Ahasteen-Bryant from the Native American Educational and Cultural Center to help educate others about the historical significance behind this day, and how to show support to the Native American community. Director Ahasteen-Bryant has worked in the field of education for over 20 years with an emphasis on student engagement and leadership, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and recruitment and retention of students. Join us for a time to strengthen and learn more about our community! Refreshments will be served at this event.


III) Fall 2021 RealiTea: Conversations on Mental Health & Well-being Weekly Office Hours and Workshop Events

Time: Every Tuesday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Location: 915 5th Street (the AAARCC)

The AAARCC is continuing with our weekly RealiTea series hosting CAPS office hours and monthly workshops at our center. We are excited to introduce you to our new liaisons from CAPS!

Dr. Yixun Zhu
Hi! I originally came from Mainland China and currently a staff therapist at Purdue CAPS. I speak Mandarin and Japanese. Before coming here, I worked in two other universities' counseling center and enjoyed working with college students. I am looking forward to talking to you, learning about you, and helping you achieve your goals at Purdue. 

Gina (Tzu-Han) Chang
Hi everyone! I’m a doctoral intern here at CAPS. I’m originally from Taiwan and came to the states 5 years ago for grad school as an international student. 
Before coming to CAPS, I had worked at a couple of other university counseling centers. I’ve always enjoyed working with college students, especially those who identify as Asian/Asian American! I’m looking forward to meeting you and hearing your stories!



 IV) AAARCC Speaker Series


1) AAARCC September Speaker Series

Date and Time: September 27, 2021 at 6:00-7:00 PM ET 

Speaker: Te-Ping Chen, Author Land of Big Numbers

Register here

During the month of September, the AAARCC is hosting a virtual reading program of Te-Ping Chen’s Land of Big Numbers. To close the program, you are invited to a meet & greet and conversation with author Te-Ping Chen who is a journalist at The Wall Street Journal. This program is Co-Sponsored by the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the West Lafayette Public Library.



2) AAARCC October Speaker Series

Date and Time: October 18, 2021 at 6:30-7:30 PM ET

Speaker: Kao Kalia Yang

Register here

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. She is the author of the memoirs The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, The Song Poet, and Somewhere in the Unknown World. Yang is also the author of the children’s books A Map Into the World, The Shared Room, The Most Beautiful Thing, and Yang Warriors. Yang’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, as Notable Books by the American Library Association, Kirkus Best Books of the Year, the Heartland Bookseller’s Award, and garnered four Minnesota Book Awards.



3) AAARCC November Speaker Series

Date and Time: November 8, 2021 at 6:30-7:30 PM ET 

Speaker: Dan Matthews (DANakaDAN)

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In honor and recognition of National Adoption Month, the AAARCC invites you to a performance and conversation by a Korean American adoptee rap artist and documentary producer Dan Matthews (DANakaDAN) who will perform from his newest album.



V) AAARCC + CCO/PPA In-Person Office Hours

Date and Time: Every Thursday, 4:15 - 5:15 PM ET
Location: In-person at the AAARCC (915 5th Street)

The AAARCC is excited to continue offering weekly office hours with the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) and the Pre-Professional Advising (PPA) staff during the Fall Semester.

Stop by to have your resume and/or your cover letter looked over! Other services such as help preparing for interviews is also provided.

Brenda Shein will be the AAARCC's liaison with the CCO and will have office hours on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 5:15 PM ET at the AAARCC located at 915 5th Street, West Lafayette, IN.

Cristy Gosney will be the AAARCC's liaison with the PPA and will lead office hours for Pre-Professional Students on September 28, October 26, and November 16 from 4:15 to 5:15 PM ET at the AAARCC. 


VI) Land of Big Numbers Fall 2021 Reading Program with Purdue AAARCC, Brian Lamb School of Communication, and West Lafayette Public Library

Date and Time: September 13 and September 20 at 6:00-7:00 PM ET
Register here

You are invited to join the Purdue AAARCC, Brian Lamb School of Communication, and the West Lafayette Public Library in reading and exploring the collection of short stories written by Te-Ping Chen. This program will involve two virtual sessions held on a weekly basis over Zoom where participants are invited to join a discussion of the stories of the book.






VII) Virtual Writing Group for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Join Purdue University faculty, staff, and graduate students for a dedicated time of writing and an encouraging community

  • Led by Dr. Pam Sari & Denny Putra: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:00-10:00 AM ET
  • Led by Dr. Dada Docot & Teilhard Paradela: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6:00-8:00 PM ET (3-5pm PT)
  •  Join at this Discordlink: https://discord.gg/JZcRNwt   
  • Structure (Flexible, join as you can):  5 min Goal Setting, 25 min Writing , Repeat


Participant Testimonials:

  • Each time I have joined sessions for this writing group, it has helped me be accountable for my research productivity, which is important for my career. These writing sessions increase my writing output and give me a peace of mind because I know that I'm making progress on my writing even among my many commitments.” -@Mel P

  • The writing group has been incredibly helpful to me by creating a writing ritual during a very chaotic time. I actually look forward to getting up early to join the group and get some work done early on so I can feel like I was productive for the rest of the day! -@Jenny

  • This writing group has helped me maintain my focus on my dissertation writing, as I try to balance my different professional commitments. The members of this group are super supportive so it is always a joy to be writing with all of them. — @tye

  • The writing group helps me to show up for my work during this pandemic. -@tricker

  • The writing group has helped keep me accountability to my dissertation writing schedule. It is nice to not write in isolation and with others committed to writing. For example, Last week, I completed the introductory sections of my literature review. This week, I am working on the drafting one of the three main cultural ideologies in my literature review. -@kayla


Fall Semester Special Events

II) Purdue AAARCC Bystander Intervention to stop anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harrassment
Date and Time: Thursday, November 11, 2021

Location: Zoom

Presented by: Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, Purdue Office of Graduate Professional Development, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) Chicago, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago, and Hollaback!

Register here


I) Express Fest: Open House and Resource Fair

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET

Location: Cultural Center Lawn (Behind the AAARCC)

Presented by: Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC), Latino Cultural Center (LCC), and Native American Education and Cultural Center (NAECC)

Register here

This event, co-organized by the Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource & Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, and the Native American Educational & Cultural Center, puts students on the fast track to connecting to campus resources and student organizations at Purdue University and the surrounding area. This event is supported by SFAB and the Diverse Student Organization Council. Organizations interested to host a booth may register to do so by August 11th at 5 p.m. at the link above.



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