Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC)

The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC) supports the academic success and cultural competency of students identifying with the Asian Diaspora through innovative programs and services that encourage community building, self-empowerment, and advocacy for social inequities.

Our programs include social and study nights, facilitated discussions to break down stereotypes and annual celebrations of Asian Pacific Islander (APIA) Heritage Month and Desi Arab American Month.

SPRING 2018 Programs

Success Coaching
Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm

Study Hours
Tuesdays 1:00-5:00 pm


Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
'Night Under the Stars Dinner Gala'
April 26, 2018
Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Center

May is Asian-Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (APIA Heritage Month)– a tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

At UMass Amherst, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center celebrates APIA Heritage Month in April and warmly invites faculty, staff, and students to celebrate  this momentous period with  a dinner gala  to share conversations on identifying common values to promote collaboration and building community. Topic will also touch on exploration into Asian and Asian American activism.

Dress code:  semi-formal

Co-sponsor:  Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success



share your truthShare Your Truth Series 2018
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Friday, April 13, 2018
7-9 pm
Worcester DC, Lower Level

Come and join us  to share your story and share it with others in an inclusive space for diverse abilities, interests, and creative styles and mediums.  Self-expressions could be poetry, spoken words, song, music, dance and others.  Through this program we strive to showcase talent, intellect and lived experiences to promote understanding and inclusion. Both locations are physically accessible.  If additional accommodations are needed, please contact aduchon@umass.edu  two
weeks in advance.

Questions?  Call: 413-545-2517 or email cmass@stuaf.umass.edu.

Refreshments provided!  Sponsors:  CMASS and Disability Services


History of New Celebrations

Lunar New Year is celebrated among a vast distance of people and cultures. It has evolved into an array of a variety of colors encapsulating different ideals and traditions. Join the brothers of Pi Delta Psi in a discussion of rich history and food! February 21 from 7-9PM

Cultural Appreciation Series: The History and Importance of Sushi in Japanese Culture
Wednesday, March  21, 5:00-7:00 pm

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This series seeks to encourage participants to identify respectful ways to appreciate culture by examining history and participating in the traditional way of engaging with culture that may be different from their own.  Participants will learn how to roll their own sushi.  Materials will be provided.






APIDAA Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
Amherst Room, Campus Center, 10th Floor

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30-7:30 pm


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.