Meet the ACU!
The Asian Cultural Union (ACU) is an Asian community organization that was established in 1972. It was formed to unite students of Asian backgrounds in community.
But what makes ACU even better? Students don’t need to be from an Asian background to join and enjoy the club’s amazing events!
As an all-inclusive organization, the ACU boasts a diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and heritages, while providing opportunities for students to expand their horizons and meet lots of people.
How Is the ACU Different?
At NYU, there are many different clubs that exist to bring students of Asian backgrounds together. However, many of these clubs focus on one ethnic background, so students of like-cultures can unite. Instead, with the ACU, that cultural barrier is taken away. The ACU provides students the space to connect and share experiences. Still—even though the organizations are different, they are special in their own ways!
The benefits of different organizations on campus? We can all come together to put on joint events!
For example, this year, the ACU united with the Asian Heritage Month (AHM) club to support Fall Fest.
You may be wondering, “How exactly does ACU unite students?”
Every month, ACU organizes a marquee event. Usually held in the Kimmel Center, the events can draw over 200 students. The ACU has hosted everything from Arts and Crafts Night, ACU Idol (a talent show), and even NOM! (an event dedicated to food).
Even if the event isn’t focused on food, ACU usually provides a variety of free snacks, food, and boba to students.
Arts and Crafts Night
The ACU also holds an event each year: Arts and Crafts Night! Typically, for this event, the ACU provides markers, stationery, and craft materials. And this year, students decorated and customized their own tote bags.
On top of all the fun crafts, the ACU offered free boba and treats.
What’s more? Students who attended this year also received raffle tickets! Prizes available to win included Squishmallows and even an Apple Watch!
NOM! Food Festival
Obviously, NYU students and food go together.
So, of course, the ACU hosts NOM!, an annual event dedicated to food. Students come together to celebrate many cultures and backgrounds through delicious meals from Korean and Japanese food to Indian, Thai, and Malaysian food.
Family Game Night!
And who doesn’t love playing games with friends?
Annually, ACU hosts a game night with many fun, traditional Asian games. For example, students can play mah-jongg and Connect 5!
In case you were wondering…yes there were free cookies and mousse cups for students. In addition, the ACU supplied refreshing, traditional Asian yuzu drinks.
And, you guessed it! Students who attended and played games were also entered into a raffle winning prizes.
Why I Chose the ACU
Not only are the events really fun, but I’ve found a special community within the e-board at ACU.
We plan events together, have socials, and bond over the differences and similarities in our cultures! If you’re seeking fellow students with similar interests, check out the ACU.
I hope I’ve convinced you that the ACU is the greatest organization on campus. I can’t wait to see you at future events!