April Marks Asian Heritage Month, Series of Events at JJC

Joliet Junior College’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), the JJC Library, Epicurean Club and International Student Club join to offer several events during Asian Heritage Month.

Asia spans across 48 different countries, all with distinct cultures. JJC invites students, employees and community members to learn about Asian cuisine, observe popular activities like belly dancing and mixed martial arts, and view ancient tools from the continent. Most events take place at Main Campus, 1215 Houtbolt Road in Joliet.

Activities during the 2017 Asian Fusion event at JJC.
Activities during the 2017 Asian Fusion event at JJC.

On Wednesday, April 11, The China Experience lets you learn about the country through the eyes of English and World Languages Professor Michael Hainzinger. He’ll share photos of his travels to China, offer a brief lesson in Mandarin, and you’ll be able to sample Chinese delicacies. The event is from 2 – 3 p.m. in A-1061.

During Asian Fusion on Thursday, April 19 come discover Asia’s diversity. Hear K-pop music, get a Henna tattoo, and observe an ethnic dance, martial arts and a Japanese tea demonstration.  The Epicurean Club will sell Asian cuisine at the event, with proceeds to benefit JJC culinary scholarships. This event takes place from 5 - 8 p.m. in J-0037 (lower level).

On Friday, April 27, embark on a field trip to Chinatown in Chicago. Here, you’ll sample authentic cuisine from the country and learn how to make Chinese dumplings. Space for this event is limited. You must sign up in the OMSA office at A-1107. The group will depart at 9 a.m. from Main Campus.

Throughout the month of May, the JJC library will offer a display featuring works of prominent Asian authors.

All events are sponsored by OMSA, the JJC Library, Epicurean Club and International Student Club.

For more information contact Scott Harvey, communications and media coordinator, at 815-280-2844 or sharvey@jjc.edu.