A Welcome Message from our Director 

I’m so glad you found your way to our website! Established in 1981, the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) exists as a result of Asian American student-led efforts to rally for a space on campus and thus remains today as a symbol of resistance, activism, visibility, and institutional recognition when Asian American invisibility was being fought. 

Here at the Center we are committed to honoring and increasing awareness around the vibrant and complex cultures, histories and experiences that exist within the Asian and Asian American community at Yale. The Center sponsors approximately 50 affiliate groups for students—both undergraduate and graduateplus dozens of campus-wide events throughout the academic year so I’m hopeful that you will find something that is of interest to you. We invite all students, staff, faculty, and community members to join us in celebrating the successes and grappling with the issues that impact the experiences of the Asian and Asian American community at Yale, nationally and globally. I look forward to meeting you at the AACC or somewhere on campus soon!
Be well,
Joliana Yee Hui Joo

Recent News from the AACC:

Arts & Media Innovation Awards 2019

The Arts & Media Innovation Awards is a collaboration between the Asian American Cultural Center and Tsai CITY to encourage art and multi-media explorations of Asian and Asian American identity. Accurate Asian American representation in mainstream media has been minimal, and we wish to encourage any student interested in creating a project that addresses this issue to apply. Five $500 awards will be given to the best proposals as determined by a panel of alumni judges. 

Read more about our inaugural 2018 award winners here: 


Asian Graduation Celebration 2019

On the evening of Friday, May 17th, over a hundred undergraduate and graduate students gathered with their friends, families and loved ones to participate in Yale’s inaugural Asian Graduation Celebration. The keynote was delivered by Professor Mary Lui, Head of Timothy Dwight College and Professor of History and American Studies, along with student remarks from Cindy Kahn Nguyen ‘19 and Vicky Yi Qing Liu ‘19. Congratulations Class of 2019! We are so proud of you and will miss each of you dearly.

Asian American Student Alliance’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Founded in 1969, the Asian American Student Alliance is Yale’s oldest student organization for Asian Americans. The weekend of April 6th, 2019 brought close to one hundred alumni back from all across the U.S. and abroad back to campus for a powerful intergenerational gathering.


Pan Asian American Heritage Month (PAAHM)

The Asian American Cultural Center presents Yale’s 2019 Pan Asian American Heritage Month held from February 28 to April 7th. We are very excited to kick off a month-long of events that explores the notion of citizenship in a variety of ways that we hope will challenge the assumption that it is solely tied to pieces of paper. Visit https://aacc.yalecollege.yale.edu/paahm for more information. Our PAAHM keynote this year was delivered by Jose Antonio Vargas and can be viewed below:

Mailing Address

Although we don’t have a mailbox at our Crown St. location, you can address mail to the AACC by forwarding it to the following: 

Yale College Deans Office

c/o Joliana Yee, Assistant Dean and AACC Director

55 Whitney, 2nd Floor, 

P.O. Box 208225 

New Haven, CT 06520