Asian American Awareness Month at UIC

Asian American Awareness Month keynote speaker Eddie Huang,  whose memoir inspired the new ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat.”

Asian American Awareness Month keynote speaker Eddie Huang, whose memoir inspired the new ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat.”

“15 Years Celebrating Consciousness and Culture.” The University of Illinois at Chicago celebrates Asian American Awareness Month with cultural events, performances, and other presentations.  The keynote speaker is Eddie Huang, author of the memoir-turned-ABC show “Fresh Off the Boat.”

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (312) 413-9569. A complete list of events is online.

April 1
Asian American Awareness Month Kickoff with UIC Radio. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lecture Center Quad, outside directly west of Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. (In case of rain, event will be held in Student Center East, Room 302.)

April 1
Are You Doctor Yet? Asian students showcase their singing talents in this competition. 6 – 10 p.m. Student Center East, Cardinal Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

April 3
“ImaginAsian.” Fashion and variety showcase. 6:30 – 10 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

April 7
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Survey Event: Serving Our Community. Showcase of student and faculty work focused on community needs. Eligible UIC undergraduate students will be asked to complete demographic information for the AANAPISI survey under a grant funded by the Department of Education. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lecture Center Quad, outside directly west of Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

April 7
My Sassy Korea. Korean festival featuring food and variety acts. 6:30 – 10 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

April 14
UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center 10th Anniversary Celebration and Director’s Welcome. Retrospective on center’s 10 years at UIC with personal tributes, video/slideshow and refreshments. Welcoming of new director Mark Martell. Performance by Ashley Ruano. 3 – 5 p.m. Student Services Building, 1st floor, conference rooms B & C, 1200 W. Harrison St.

April 15
“Mr. & Mrs. Asian Sensation.” Annual male and female pageant and talent competition. 6 – 8 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

April 16
“Reclaiming Life: Silencing Stigma.” Student production features true stories dramatizing mental health issues of Asian American and Middle Eastern storytellers. 4 – 6 p.m. James J. Stukel Tower Event Center, 718 W. Rochford St.

April 17
Eddie Huang, keynote for Asian American Awareness Month. Huang, a chef, restaurateur and author whose memoir inspired the new ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” will discuss having his life turned into a television show and the challenges of preserving his Taiwanese roots in America. 4 – 6 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

April 18
Dodging Diabetes. Delta Epsilon Psi’s annual national philanthropy event in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 11 a.m. UIC Student Recreation Facility, 737 S. Halsted St.

April 20
Asian American Studies Expo. Academic fair celebrating Asian American undergraduate research projects from ASAM Expo grant recipients and exhibits from Asian American studies classes. 4 – 6 p.m. Student Center East, Room 302, 750 S. Halsted St.