“During my first semester as director of the A/P/A Institute at NYU, I had the welcome opportunity to meet many fellow scholars, students, and community members, and to reconnect with old friends as we worked and thought together about the challenges and opportunities facing Asian/Pacific Americans. I look forward to continuing in the spring semester with our focus on ‘Migration, Refugees, and the Politics of Sanctuary,’ especially as it accords with the theme for the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS) annual conference, “Sanctuary, Fugitivity, and the Ungovernable,” as AAAS marks its fortieth anniversary. In fact, we begin the semester by welcoming the 2018 recipient of AAAS’s Lifetime Achievement Award and former A/P/A Institute at NYU Writer-in-Residence, Helen Zia, to celebrate the publication of her most recent book about an earlier moment of refugee crisis. Our many other programs this spring highlight the work of colleagues, artists, and activists, including the award-winning civil rights advocate Linda Sarsour, muralist and poet Jess X. Snow, and our current Artist-in-Residence, Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage. I hope you will join us as we reflect on the current current crises facing Asian/Pacific Americans as well as seek to imagine a more sustainable and just future for all.”

—Crystal Parikh, Director