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. 

Adapted 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.

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.

Spring 2020 Calendar of Event

NOTE:  For more updates on YKCC Virtual Programming, please refer to: https://www.umass.edu/cmass/.


ParasiteMovie Night at the YKCC
Movie –“Parasite”
Friday, April 10, 2020  |  6-8:30pm

Here’s a good way  to spend your Friday Night.  The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center is inviting you to join them in watching “Parasite”, the Oscar award-winning Oscar Best Picture of the Year by Korean film maker, Bong Joon-Ho!

Zoom id number: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/84636752

Hope to see you in this Zoom room.  Be there


YKCC virtual office hours

Virtual Office Hours @  the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC)
Thursdays,  4:00-5:00pm  (starts April 9) 

Drop in to chat with us! We're talking about the transition to remote access and breaking down how the YKCC will operate for the rest of the semester. 

Zoom id: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/698921161



craft night - vision boardsCraft Night:  Vision Boards
March 11, 2020 | 6-8pm
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center


Relieve your midterm stress!  Join YKCC in creating vision boards for this craft night!

Vision boards are a stress relievaing and creative activity that help students to remain focused, determined and motivated in dealing with challenging periods at school.

Supplies provided!  Refreshments will be served!  Be there and join in the fun!

















































Fall 2019 Calendar of Events


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 5Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

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


self careFinals Week Self-Care
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4-6:30pm
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Worcester DC, Lower Leverl (below Oak Room)

These are hectic days but let us help you reduce the impact of stress in your lives.  Step out of your dorm, leave your stress at your door and join us in some de-stressing activities such as painting and coloring pages!  We have facemasks, too!

All materials provided. Snacks, tea and hot coco for everyone!

asian american film fest
The YKCC Asian American Film Fest on campus will take place again this fall.  They have invited filmmakers  and actors who will show their films and be on campus to discuss how they use their platforms to spread knowledge and awareness of different social and historical issues. This year, the AAFF is exploring the intersections of Asian/Asian Am identity with the complexity of gender identities and orientations; there will be dialogue on the societal expectations with these identities

The AAFF will be held for three days where invited guests will perform, as follows:

Day 1.  Asian American Feminism:  Katytarika Bartel, Filmmaker and co-founder of the ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Center

Katytarika Bartel (they/she) is an artist, educator, and organizer based in Boston, MA. Katytarika is a queer, mixed race Thai-American photographer and award-winning filmmaker interested in shining light on spaces of in-between.

Day 2:  LGBTQ Asian American Experience:  Patrick G. Lee, Filmmaker
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Rm. 165, Campus Center

Patrick G. Lee (he/they) is a queer Korean American documentary filmmaker, writer, and community organizer. He is interested in building collaborative, community-based approaches to filmmaking that reject traditional hierarchies of authority and that equip queer and trans people of color with media-making skills.

Friday, November  8, 2019
Unpacking Asian American Masculinity:  Mike Bow, Actor and Youtuber
Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Center

 Mike Bow  is an actor and Youtuber known for frequent collaborations with Wong Fu Productions which has over 3 Million subscribers and LeendaDProductions which has over 1 million subscribers. He gained particular recognition as the “Soondooboo” Bachelor from Wong Fu’s viral hit “Asian Bachelorette” (currently at 11.4 million views) and portrayed Nick Young the parody, Crazy CHEAP Asians. He has

 His acting credits include The Maze Runner, How To Get Away With Murder (ABC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), and SWAT (CBS) and the teen drama, TURN\

craft nightEvery Wednesdays, 6-8pm
October 30, November 13 & 20, Dec. 11
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.  Make art to share heritage and traditions, learn a skill and build community.


Yuri Kochiyma Conference
Saturday, December 7, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Commonwealth Honors College, CHC 160 East

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.

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!