Each year, New York University hosts an acclaimed artist to hold residency with its Asian/Pacific/American Institute. Artists-in-Residence are invited to bring their notoriety, artistic work, and history of involvement with the Asian/Pacific American community to NYU. The Artist-in-Residence uses his/her time at A/P/A to create important new work, artistic retrospectives, forums, or conferences. Scholars, fellow artists, and community members familiar or new to the artist’s work, gain a unique opportunity to engage with the Artist-in-Residence within a university setting.

Zarina (2017-18)

Zarina was born in Aligarh, India in 1937 and currently lives and works in New York. Her work is defined by her adherence to the personal and the essential. While it tends towards minimalism, its starkness is tempered by both texture and materiality. Her art poignantly chronicles her life, and recurring themes include home, displacement, borders, journey, and memory. Best known as a printmaker, Read more

Beatrice Glow (2016-2017)

Beatrice Glow is an interdisciplinary artist whose work uncovers invisible, suppressed stories that lie in the geopolitical shadows of colonialism and migration. Her practice comprises of sculptural installations, trilingual publishing, participatory performances and lectures, and experiential technologies. Glow is the recipient of the 2015 Van Lier Visual Art Fellowship at Wave Hill and was Read more

Jack Gray (2016)

NGATI POROU, NGAPUHI, TE RARAWA, NGATI KAHUNGUNU Jack Gray (Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahungunu) is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and scholar. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Gray first connected to his cultural roots through traditional Māori dance, Kapa Haka, and later discovered contemporary dance. In 2000, he founded the Atamira Dance Company, an all Māori Read more

Hari Kondabolu (2014-2015)

“Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender.” NPR "A young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor." SEATTLE TIMES "Hari Kondabolu is intelligent, insightful and hilarious—a true comic genius." MARGARET CHO "The comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human Read more

Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani (2013-2014)

Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art. Ganesh’s work has been exhibited widely at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Asia Society, Read more

Roger Shimomura (2012-2013)

Roger Shimomura’s paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. He was born in Seattle, Washington and spent two years of his early childhood in Minidoka (Idaho), one of ten concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. Shimomura received a B.A. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New Read more

Larry Hama (2011 - 2012)

Larry Hama is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, actor, and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s. He is a third generation Japanese American (sansei) who was born in New York City and graduated from the High School of Art & Design in midtown Manhattan. He served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971, during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge, Hama Read more

Suheir Hammad (2010 - 2011)

Suheir Hammad is a Palestinian-American poet, author and political activist who was born on October 1973 in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents and immigrated with her family to Brooklyn, New York City when she was five years old. She is the author of breaking poems, recipient of a 2009 American Book Award, and the Arab American Book award for Poetry 2009. Her other books Read more

Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis (2009 - 2010)

"Aaron and I started working in earnest on Stuck Elevator in 2007, when we had our first workshop presentation with one singer and one percussionist in Seattle.... This crucial residency provided access to resources such as interviews with immigration lawyers, Fujianese restaurant workers, and Asian American scholars. Through the A/P/A Institute, we were able to have readings at the Museum of Read more

Susana Lei'ataua (2008 - 2009)

YEAR TWO! Waka carry me. Take my bow guide this prow to the Island that waits between two rivers. Oceans of horizons Frigate birds signal land … I’m in the middle of something, in the middle of everything. Manhattan is the kind of island that boasts it all. What it doesn’t have, I have brought with me. That the Asian/Pacific/American Institute has invited me to stay longer is a Read more

Susana Lei'ataua (2007 - 2008)

Susana Lei'ataua is an actor and a writer. Over the years she has also been a journalist, a radio newsreader, talk show host, television presenter, producer and editor. She was the communications specialist for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and recently the project leader of the Ngai Tahu Leadership Programme for the indigenous Maori iwi (tribe) Ngai Tahu. She is the recipient of the New Zealand Read more

DJ Rekha (2006 - 2007)

DJ Rekha is a producer, activist and above all, cultural worker. Selected by The New York Times Magazine as “one of the ten women of downtown music” and named one of the most influential South Asians in the United States by Newsweek magazine, The founder of Basement Bhangra and Bollywood Disco nights, that have been called “One of the most unique experiences in the city” by Paper Magazine, she Read more

Regie Cabico (2005 - 2006)

Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won top prizes in the 1993, 1994 and 1997 National Poetry Slams. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution and Slam. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, PBS' "In The Life" and MTV's "Free Your Mind" Spoken Word Tour. Regie is the recipient of three New York Read more

Helen Zia (2004 - 2005)

Helen Zia is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2000), which was a finalist for the prestigious 2000 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. President Bill Clinton quoted from Asian American Dreams at two separate speeches in the Rose Garden. She is also coauthor, with Dr. Wen Ho Lee, of My Country Versus Me, (Hyperion, 2002). Their book Read more

Fay Chiang (2003 - 2004)

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of poet, visual artist, community leader, and dear friend Fay Chiang (December 7, 1952-October 20, 2017). During her residency with us in 2003, Fay wrote about her commitments to movement and community building, to her family, and to youth: "Battling my 3rd bout of breast cancer, I am getting a sense of that time when I can Read more

Corky Lee (2002 - 2003)

Corky Lee, a self-taught photographer, has been documenting the vibrant and fast-emerging Asian and Pacific American community for over 30 years. Known as the "undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate," the ubiquitous Corky has covered the day to day lives of Asian Pacific Americans as well as historical moments in American history. For thirty years, Corky Lee has used his Read more

Keng Sen Ong (2001 - 2002)

The Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Singapore, Keng Sen Ong has engaged in intense cross-cultural work with fellow Asian artists for six years. He is known for his rejection of authenticity and his embracing of multiple realities and hybridity within Asia. Initially trained as a lawyer, Keng Sen has recently been appointed director of a new arts festival in Berlin called In Transit , focusing Read more

David Henry Hwang (2000 - 2001)

DAVID HENRY HWANG is a playwright, screenwriter, and librettist, best known as the author of M. BUTTERFLY, which ran for two years on Broadway and won the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as the 1991 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award. The play also enjoyed a one-year run on London's West End and has been produced in over three dozen countries to date. Read more

Ping Chong (1999 – 2000)

PING CHONG is a theatre director, choreographer, video and installation artist. He was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. He is the recipient of an Obie Award, six National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Playwrights USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a TCGIPew Charitable Trust National Theatre Artist Residency Program Fellowship, a National Institute for Read more

Jessica Hagedorn (1998 – 1999)

by Jennifer Samson “Just get everybody stirred up. We’ve got a nation full of people going to school today and for what…they don’t know,” lamented Jessica Hagedorn, current Artist-in-Residence for the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute. although a longtime peer of Professor John Kuo Wei Tchen (Director of A/P/A Studies), this fall marks Hagedorn’s debut professional liaison Read more

Annanya Bhattacharjee (1997 – 1998)

Our Activist-in-Residence, Anannya Bhattacharjee, is a community organizer.and writer in New York City. She is a founding member of SAMAR Magazine and Sakhi for South Asian Women, and is the former Executive Director of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV). Most recently, she has been involved with South Asian domestic workers and other women in setting up Workers Awaaz (Workers’ Read more

Tomie Arai (1997 – 1998)

The A/P/A Studies Institute is delighted to have Tomie Arai as our first artist-in-residence. She is on of the premiere American activists merging from the political ferment of the 1960s. Arai’s philosophy and work engages the past to help illuminate the present. She has played a critical role in documenting and reclaiming a variety of people’s unheralded histories while at the same moment Read more