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, Ph.D.

Recent News from the AACC:

AACC Building Spring 2022 Hours

Starting February 7, the AACC’s business hours will be Sundays through Thursdays, 4-9pm and all other hours by reservation only.  Per University policies, access to the centers will be limited to only enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and professional Yale students and Yale employees.  Unfortunately, local community members, students’ families/caregivers, alumni, and the general public are not currently able to access or use our centers’ spaces.  Very few exceptions for this policy will be made.  More information on the University’s visitor policy can be found here: https://covid19.yale.edu/visitors-policy.  

Join our Yale Connect page, sign up for our AACC weekly newsletter, and follow us on social media to stay updated on all we have planned. For the latest information from Yale on COVID-19, please visit these links:

AACC 40th Anniversary Commemorative Mural, “Finding Home”

Watch the time lapse video of the mural installation, which took place in november 2021 and Click here to learn more about the mural.

AACC Is 40 In 2021!

Click on the sticker above to access our AACC 40th Anniversary virtual projects.


While there has been an uptick in anti-Asian violence over the course of this past year, it is not a recent phenomenon.  Support and get connected to incredible Asian American organizations that have demonstrated a longstanding committed to adressing racial injustice, culturally responsive mental health resources, and relevant educational materials using this resource sheet created by the AACC staff : https://docs.google.com/document/d/19fBNkmLBshfe60BcSdVuYB7s_9UEI1eohfs4SbTpKWo/edit?usp=sharing. We need everyone to remain committed to anti-racist work long after the news headlines have moved on.

Arts & Media Innovation Awards 2019-2020

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 2019-2020 award winners here: 


and our inaugural award winners here:


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.


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