Community Programs & Resources

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In addition to special events like film screenings, guest speakers, and conferences, AASP coordinates four regular event series throughout the academic year. For specific dates and details, please visit the Events listings on our homepage.

BeComing Lunch Series

Hosted by the Asian American Studies Program and the Asian and Asian American Center (A3C), BeComing is a student organized and led lunch series that provides space for people from Cornell and beyond to speak about their experiences and growth as individuals. Come enjoy a catered lunch and learn from and with the speakers.

Boba Talks

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Hosted by the Asian American Studies Program and the Asian and Asian American Center (A3C), Boba Talks are held once a semester and offer an informal setting for discussion of a student-selected topic in the Asian and Asian American community. Past topics have been APIDA in the arts, LGBTQ+ experiences, and navigating familial expectations. Boba tea is served.

Community Breakfasts

AASP Community Breakfasts are the guaranteed best way to connect with Asian American Studies students, staff, and faculty over some cultural comfort food with a sociopolitical history. Spam, marinated tofu, scrambled eggs, rice, chai, and coffee are served, courtesy of Osaka-Ya Catering.

Wednesday Lunch Series

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Our Wednesday Lunch Series features guest speakers from Cornell's faculty and staff as well as the surrounding community. Enjoy an informal discussion where you can learn more about the speaker’s work or research, how they ended up doing what they are doing, current issues in higher education, or even their thoughts on living in Ithaca. A free lunch is served.

Community Resources

Cornell Asian Alumni Association

The Cornell Asian Alumni Association (CAAA) was founded in 1990 to serve the needs and interests of Asian alumni and students, and the university  community. In addition to the annual Pan-Asian Banquet, CAAA sponsors lectures,  career development seminars, networking events, and social functions. CAAA  members serve on the Board of Trustees and Cornell University Council and  participate in the university's admissions, career development, and fundraising  activities.

Ithaca Asian American Association

The Ithaca Asian American Association (IAAA), initially founded in the Winter of 1997, is a civic, social, and cultural non-profit organization whose mission is threefold:

1. To promote, educate and celebrate Asian and Asian American heritage and culture. 

2. To uphold the civil and human rights of all Asians Americans and other residents in greater Ithaca community

3. To encourage the full participation of all Asian Americans and other residents in the American democratic process. 

In addition, for the enrichment and advancement of our Ithaca Community, IAAA serves as a medium of exchange communication, and understanding between Asian and non-Asian community members. 

For further information please contact Amy Kuo Somchanhmavong ( or Sivilay Somchanhmavong (