Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC)

Brief History: The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center was created in 1989 to support the  growing population of Asian and Asian American studentts as  United Asia Cultural Center. It was  originally  located in two rooms in the basement of Knowlton Residence Hall.The UACC, after a period of strategic planning, reopened in 1993 with administrative support within  the United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) offices in Knowlton Residence Hall and held ctivities in its current location. In succeeding years, the UACC was renamed the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center in honor of Yuri Kochiyama for her belief in liberation and social justice.  Currently the YKCC in Worcester DC is the current and only location. 

Redacted from the History of the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center by Lily Tang, Cultural Center Fellow, spring 2018.

Hours of Operation:
1:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 


Fall 2019 Calendar of Events


Open House: Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Yuri Kochiyama Cuiltural Center

Come and meet the staff, welcome our first-year and returning students and  learn the amazing cultural programming that they prepared for the academic year! Simply, have fun!


Success Coaching
Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5

Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center 

Come plan your steps for a successful academic year!


Study Hours 
Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

Drop by the center, bring your books and your enthusiasm, we supply the rest! We provide snacks and great company!


Cultural Enrichment Grant Call for Applications
Opening: Friday, September 13, 2019
Proposal submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 
Publication of results: Monday, October 7, 2019


ykcc craft nightWednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
September 24; October 8; November 6; December 4
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

This cultural engagement programs seeks to cultivate, sustain and increase knowledge of own/other cultures through arts and crafts. Participants will engage in making arts representative of Asian culture while learning its significance in a nonjudgmental environment.


Yuri Kochiyama Annual Asian Am Film Festival
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Amherst Room
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Rm 165, Campus Center
Friday, November 8, 2019 - Amherst Room
Time for all 3 events:  5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

The goal of the film festival is to showcase three films in three days which are all produced by Asian American filmmakers and to bring those filmmakers on campus in order to engage students in a discussion on how they use their platform to spread knowledge and awareness of different social and historical  issues. Additionally, the goal is to choose films/ filmmakers who hold multiple identities (gender, sex, ability etc) outside of being API in order to highlight how their intersectional identities impact the work they do.


Passion for Justice Conference
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Commonwealth Honors College, CHC 160 East

Presented by: Lily Tang

Named after the 1993 documentary of our center’s namesake, “Yuri Kochiyama: A Passion for Justice,” this conference hopes to bring together students, alumni, faculty and staff for a day long Saturday conference and luncheon in order to work together to build cross campus partnerships and dialogues on issues that are important to fostering a better campus climate. Yuri Kochiyama was an activist who was famed for working across differences and supporting efforts of not only Asian Americans, but also the efforts of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement.  As such, we hope to create an annual conference for the YKCC with the same values of our namesake. The goal of this conference is to have conversations across intersectional identities and issues. This conference is held in partnership with the Student Government Association and Campus Climate Grant.




Spring 2020 Calendar of Events


Big New Year Celebration
Date, Time, Location: TBA

New Year celebration is a traditional event that Asian and Asian Americans hold annually and because many countries interpret the lunar calendar differently or use the solar system, the dates of celebrations vary as well. Nevertheless, New Year is the most festive holiday of the year. Here at UMass, YKCC invites student organizations to celebrate New Year in the YKCC according to customs and traditions of their heritage and culture.  This program intends to celebrate New Year thoughout the spring semester.


Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Dinner
Thursday, April 16, 2020
6:30 - 9:00pm
Amherst Room, Campus Center

Through this APIA Heritage Month Community Building Dinner, student leaders that identify with Asian Diaspora will identify common values that promote collaboration. Faculty and staff are participants in this process to share perspective and guide dialogues. 


Note: The center is closed during the summer and winter intersessions. If you need to reach someone during this time, call the main number, (413) 545-2517.