Construction has begun on the long awaited Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue, reports The Exponent.
Currently there are permanent centers on campus for Black, Latino, Native American and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Queer students, but none for Asian American students.
“Our populations being so large, international and domestic students gave off the misconception that we were self-sufficient, like we didn’t need a place like the other cultural centers,” said interim director Victoria Loong. “It’ll hopefully be a good way to get cross-cultural discussions going.”
One of the purposes of the center is to bridge the gap between domestic and international students.
Loong began working on this center as a student. It wasn’t until after she graduated that she knew the center would become reality. The Provost called her to offer her the job of interim director.
The Center has been occupying a temporary space which it has already outgrown.
You can read more about progress towards a permanent center in The Exponent.