September 29, 2016

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center to host several events in its new home

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — To celebrate the completion of the move to 915 Fifth St., the staff of the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center has planned several events in October to welcome the community to its new home.

"We have many resources here, including the ITaP study lab, and quite a bit more room," said Xavier Hernandez, AAARCC director. "It's a privilege to be in this kind of space so soon in our existence."

The center opened in Stewart Center in April 2015. Hernandez became director in June.

"We wanted to have a big rollout of events in October so people can come in and learn about a multitude of Asian American and Asian culture," Hernandez said. "We are offering a wide variety of events, and we're excited to share our space with the campus and local community. It also will be a good opportunity for us to learn about our space and how to utilize it."

The centerpiece event is the AARCC "Housewarming" from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 13. The event will feature facility tours and light refreshments. It is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Other events at the AAARCC, which are free and open to the public, include:

* Monday (Oct. 3). 1 p.m. Indonesian Food and Dance. Event hosted by the Indonesian Student Association includes cultural cuisine and dance lessons.

* Wednesday (Oct. 5). 3 p.m. "Central Asian Immigrants and Migrants in the U.S.: A New Story of Asian Americans." Annagul Yaryyeva will host a discussion on Central Asians and their role in Asian America.

* Oct. 10. 1 p.m. Movie Screening. Celebrate fall break by watching an Asian or Asian American film in the center's lounge. The audience gets to select the film.

* Oct. 11. 2 p.m. A cookout with the LGBTQ Center will celebrate National Coming Out Day.

* Oct. 12. 3 p.m. "Islam in Asia." The Muslim Student Association will host a discussion of Islam within Asian countries and cultures.

* Oct. 17. 1 p.m. "The Development of Chinese Cuisine." Purdue's Han Culture Association will give a presentation about ancient cooking equipment and how Chinese cuisine took shape.

* Oct. 18. 2 p.m. "Meet the Therapy Dog." Participants will get to interact with Appa the therapy dog, who will help soothe mid-semester stress. Sarah Crulcich will host the event.

* Oct. 19. 3 p.m. "Slam Poetry Session." Rochelle Brutal and Jessica Eloso will host this event designed to create ways to express identity, experiences and perspectives on the world.

* Oct. 24. 1 p.m. "Ideal Asian Body Focus Group." Event features a discussion, led by Crulcich, about body image issues affecting Asians and Asian Americans.

* Oct. 25. 2 p.m. "Henna Tattoos." Three Henna artists will give attendees personalized henna tattoos. Henna tattoo inks are made from leaves and are temporary.

* Oct. 26. 3 p.m. "Bhajan Music and Meditation." YesPlus at Purdue will host a meditation that features spiritual music from Indian culture.

* Oct. 31. 1 p.m. "Cultural Candy." To celebrate Halloween, participants can learn about and sample different candies from around Asia. The Asian American Association will host the event.

A complete, up-to-date schedule of events can be found at 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, 

Source: Xavier Hernandez, 765-496-0464,

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