AAARCC Fall 2022 Speaker Series

Influencer Culture: Discovery Heritage Identity through Social Media by Brittany Chan (Founder and Creator of Cantonese with Brittany)

Date/Time: Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 6:30 PM ET
Location: Wilment Active Learning Center (WALC) Room 1055


Brittany Chan is a social media content creator exploring her heritage language and culture through the lens of a second generation Hong Kong Canadian girl.

Purdue Krannert alum (BS Econ '14) turned NYC fashion designer turned Youtuber, Brittany will be speaking about what it was like to navigate cultural and family expectations, balancing Eastern & Western cultures and ultimately embarking on the journey of self-love and self-acceptance


Dr. Fredy González (Associate Professor, Global Asian Studies and History, University of Illinois, Chicago)

Date/Time: Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 6:00 PM ET
Location: Lawson Room 1142


In collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center, the AAARCC is hosting Dr. Fredy González, Associate Professor of Global Asian Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. González will lecture on the topic: "Chinese Mexicans and Mexicanidad." In this talk, Dr. González will give a brief history of Chinese immigration to Mexico during the twentieth century and illustrate some of the ways the Chinese contributed to and claimed belonging to the Mexican nation. Despite experiencing consistent hate and harassment from anti-Chinese activists who claimed that the Chinese would never fit into the Mexican nation, some migrants found ways to survive and set down roots in their new country.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 3:00 - 4:15 PM ET
Location: STEW 279
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Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen (Chair and Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 6:30 - 8:00 PM ET
Location: STEW 279
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In collaboration with the Purdue Libraries, the AAARCC is hosting Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen, Chair, Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who will be leading a lecture and a workshop on the topic of Zines and its use in activism.

Purdue AAARCC Fall 2022 Virtual Book Discussion- Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans by Dr. Jenny Wang.
Date(s)/Time: October 20 and October 27 at 6 – 7 PM ET.
Location: Zoom


Permission to Come Home confronts and destabilizes the stigma Asian/Americans face in caring for their mental health. Weaving her personal narrative as a Taiwanese American and insights as a clinician together with evidence-based tools, Dr. Jenny T. Wang offers readers permission to embrace their mental and emotional self-care while understanding and honoring the richness of their heritage and embodying a new, complete identity.

Schedule: Chapters 1 - 5 (Oct 20), Chapters 6-10 (Oct 27). Dr. Jenny Wang will give an in-person presentation about her book at Purdue campus on Nov 3, 2022.


Dr. Claire Jean Kim (Professor, Political Science and Asian American Studies, University of California Irvine)



Purdue AAARCC, Black Cultural Center, African American Studies program, American Studies program, and Asian American Studies program invite your presence for a Virtual Speaker Series event featuring Dr. Claire Jean Kim on Oct 24, 2022 at 6 pm Eastern Time on Zoom. Dr. Kim will be speaking on her upcoming book Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World (Cambridge University Press, 2023). Register for this virtual event at this link:

Dr. Claire Jean Kim is a Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her published works include two books: Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City (published in 2000) and Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age (published in 2015).

Dr. Jenny Wang (Psychologist and Author, Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans)

Date/Time: Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 6:00 - 7:30 PM ET
Location: Lawson 1142


Dr. Jenny Wang is an author of Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans. She is also a Houston-based licensed psychologist who offers individual psychotherapy within a compassionate, client-centered, and non-judgmental framework. Dr. Wang works from a social justice and intersectional framework focused on understanding the impact of racial trauma and racial identity on mental health.


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