We Are Asian American Association

We are focused on offering a great experience here at Notre Dame. We celebrate Asian American heritage in a variety of ways, providing support for Asian American students and promoting an awareness of not only Asian American issues but also diversity in all its forms.

Upcoming Events

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First Year Retreat 2019

Camp Epworth
September 6-7
24 Hours 4PM-4PM

First Year Retreat is a collaborative effort between AAA and Notre Dame Campus Ministry designed to provide first-years with the opportunity to explore identity, foster friendship and community, and develop spirituality. This year’s retreat theme, “Breaking Ground” is meant to represent not only the transition into college, but how we all emerge from it going forward. Everyone moves into college at ground level—a clean slate—and we all grow from that same ground throughout our careers at Notre Dame. It can be seen as a time to reinvent ourselves, explore new things, or carry over aspects of our pre-college life into our journey to independence. We all root and nourish ourselves with different things, and as we grow, sometimes we have to cut things off to allow us to keep healthily growing. We all bear different fruits that we can offer to the world, we all grow at different paces, and we all grow to different heights. Regardless of where we end up by the time graduation comes, it’s still progress nevertheless, and the growth doesn’t stop there. The ground that we’re breaking as freshmen is just the beginning of a long journey of independent growth away from home as we grow towards our full potential.

This year, AAA is proud to have Matt Cabrera and Calais Nobuhara as retreat leaders!

This retreat is cost free and transportation will be provided!

Asian Allure 2018: Behind the Curtain

Washington Hall Mainstage
November 2&3

Asian Allure is AAA's annual cultural show, showcasing performances from umbrella clubs including KSA, VSA, CCS, and FASO.

This year's theme is "Behind the Curtain," and AAA is proud to have Alyssa Ngo as director! Each year, Asian Allure strives to both entertain and educate its audience by shedding light on cultural elements within Notre Dame’s underrepresented, yet dedicated Asian and Asian-American population. By focusing on the element of education, this year’s theme in particular explores the variety of ways through which Asians, Asian Americans, and Asian culture can be hidden or misunderstood. Our hope is that the audience will leave with a heightened awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Asian culture in order to encourage more meaningful conversation based on a shared foundation of knowledge. Through story-telling, performance, and the arts, we invite our audience to take a look “Behind the Curtain” to see the variety of traditions and talents that our community has to offer.

Tickets are available at the LaFortune Box Office for $5. Tickets will be $7 at the door. Doors open at 6:30PM.

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Asian Allure Art Show

Washington Hall 110
November 3

For the first time ever, Asian Allure will be hosting an ART SHOW! This event is focused on catering to visual arts in addition to the performing arts, giving artists within the community a chance to show off their talents in a gallery. There is no entry fee, but we encourage donations to support South Bend's Center for the Homeless. We invite you to stop by to look at the works of our talented AAA members! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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First Year Fall Retreat 2018

Michiana Christian Service Camp
August 24–August 25, 2018
4:00PM – 4:00PM

Come participate in one of the most successful retreats on campus! The retreat takes place within the first few weeks of school, so it's a great way to meet people and make new friends.

All Notre Dame, Holy Cross, and Saint Mary's first years are welcome to attend this free event!

For more information or to sign up, click here!

Weekly Events


Grotto Trip

Location: Grotto

Come have dinner with us at one of the dining halls and then walk over to the grotto to pray and reflect with other AAA members. We will send out weekly FB invites to let you know details. For questions and concerns, feel free to contact spiritual commissioner Helen Gu at xgu3@nd.edu.

South Bend Center for the Homeless

Location: South Bend Center for the Homeless
Fridays 3:25 PM

Come explore and give back to the South Bend community with us on our fortnightly service trips! Most trips we give our time and effort to the Center For Homeless. There's no need to worry about transportation; just bring your NDID for a free bus ride to and fro. The service trips are usually Friday afternoons, so come and kick off your weekends with us in the right mood. Be on the look out for any updates and further details in our weekly e-mails. Please direct any concerns and questions to Isabel Joseph at ijoseph@nd.edu.


South Bend Center for the Homeless

Location: South Bend Center for the Homeless
( Saturdays, 9:45 AM )

We help out the homeless community in South Bend by giving our time and efforts to the Center for the Homeless. There's no need to worry about transportation; just bring your ND ID for the bus ride to and from. The service trips are on Saturdays without home games in the fall semester and almost every Saturday in the spring. Be on the look out for any updates in the weekly e-mails we send out. If interested, go ahead and show up at 9:45am by Library Circle on Saturday! Please direct any concerns and questions to Isabel Joseph at ijoseph@nd.edu.