Upcoming & Ongoing Events
Lunar New Year Festival – February 10, 2024
On Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 1-2 pm, the AAPI Cultural Center will host a Lunar New Year Festival at ACC Northridge Lecture Hall, Building 4000. Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays for East and Southeast Asian cultures. It is celebrated by over 1 billion people around the world including China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, and many more. Join us on Lunar New Year for an afternoon of enchanting performances featuring Lion Dance, Tai Chi, dance, and music.
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 1-2 PM
ACC – Northridge Campus, Lecture Hall, Building 4000
11928 Stonehollow Dr, Austin, TX 78758
Spring 2024 AAPI Book Club – Quiet
Welcome to AAPI Book Club at the ACC Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural Center. We are a book club dedicated to fostering self-discovery, self-growth, and nurturing a sense of community. Each book is carefully chosen to inspire introspection, encourage personal growth, and ignite meaningful conversations. AAPI Book Club is open to ACC students, staff, and faculty.
In the upcoming Spring semester, the AAPI Book Club will be reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. The non-fiction book explores the power of introversion and provides insights into how introverts can thrive in a world that often values extroversion.
Communications Careers in the AI World – November 17, 2023
The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural Center at ACC hosted a Communications Careers in the AI World Panel Discussion discussing the world of AI and its impact on current and future communications careers. The panel was led by industry experts:
- Xiao Meng, Data Scientist at General Motors
- Carolyn Perez, Director of Communications for the Texas Permanent School Fund Corporation
- Susan Meigs, Professor of Business, Government, & Technical Communication and Composition & Literary Studies, Austin Community College
Halloween Movie Night – October 27, 2023
The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural Center at ACC hosted a Halloween Movie Night showcasing the film Seoul Station (서울역), a South Korean animated post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho. It is the prequel to the Train to Busan film series.
Fall 2023 AAPI Book Club – Permission to Come Home
In the Fall 2023 semester, we read Permission to Come Home by Dr. Jenny T. Wang. Throughout our meetups, students, faculty, and staff came together to explore topics about reclaiming mental health as Asian Americans. We explored the principles introduced by Wang’s book, which encompass the freedom to question, feel, rage, say no, take up space, choose, play, fail, and grieve. Over the course of the semester, the book club fostered feelings of community, belonging, and empowerment.
Mid-Autumn Festival – September 29, 2023
The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural Center at ACC hosted a Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration with a poetry recitation showcasing the literary traditions of Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese cultures. Guests shared mooncakes while enjoying beautiful songs from the Austin Chinese Choir. The evening ended beneath the full moon, adorned with the glow from traditional paper lanterns.
Improv 101 Workshops – September 8 &15, 2023
AAPI Student Circle hosted two Improv 101 workshops with G-Su Paek, actor, writer, and comedian. The workshops encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone, dive into the world of spontaneous creativity, and connect with other Riverbats. Students were able to learn from our instructor’s insight and experiences. G-Su and his Improv buddies from the Y’all We Asian troupe made the workshops fun and easy to understand through exercises and scenes. Our Riverbats really enjoyed the outgoing, energetic space that allowed them to explore, have fun, and make friends.
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month – May 1-31, 2023
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. It is a time we honor the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
The Austin Community College District (ACC) commemorated the month in 2023 with a series of events to provide our community with opportunities to explore and learn about different AAPI-themed topics and interests.
AAPI Student Circle Animation Career Workshop – April 21, 2023
The AAPI Student Circle hosted a workshop with Career Services as part of the Career Ready Week program. Animation Director Patrick Stannard of Powerhouse Animation Studios came and delivered an inspiring presentation and Q&A session.
Spring 2023 AAPI Book Club – Crucial Conversation
The AAPI Cultural Center at ACC has started a book club to connect and build our communication, interpersonal and leadership skills. The book club is open to students, staff and faculty members. In Spring 2023, we read Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Kerry Patterson, Al Switzler, et al.
Lunar New Year Concert – January 21, 2023
On January 21st, the AAPI Cultural Center will host a Lunar New Year Concert at the Highland Music Recital Hall featuring some wonderful performances by the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team, the Austin Chinese Choir, and the University of North Texas (UNT) Chinese Ensemble.
Diwali Celebration – November 5, 2022
Diwali, “Festival of Lights,” is one of the most important festivals and holidays celebrated in India and some South Asian countries for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. The AAPI Cultural Center celebrated Diwali this year with live performances featuring Indian-American singer-songwriter, Aditya Rao, and local Indian dance teams led by Anuradha Ramachandra, Bharatanatyam Dancer, and Akhila Damerla, Kuchipudi Dancer.
Harvest Moon Concert – September 10, 2022
Harvest Moon Festival is celebrated in many East and Southeast Asian countries. The AAPI Cultural Center celebrated this year’s festival by showcasing local AAPI musicians and music. Big thanks to our musicians and audience for making the concert a huge success.
AAPI Heritage Month 2022 – May 11, 2022
We celebrated the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2022.The event focuses on the contribution of Chinese Medicine, Taichi and Chi’Kung (Qigong) exercise to health and wellness.
M-F: 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
11928 Stonehollow Drive,
Austin, TX 78758