Category: Videos

Offering Refuge, Building Solidarity: Universities as Sanctuaries

   On March 7, 2019, we hosted a one-day sympoisum, Offering Refuge, Building Solidarity: Universities as Sanctuaries. We considered the possibilities of building and sustaining coalitions around the coordinated attacks on racialized and migrant communities, and were especially interested in highlighting how activist-scholars learn from other one other, across the campus, across generations, and …

Migration as Survival in the Era of Climate Crisis

 “Migration as Survival in the Era of Climate Crisis” featured Oscar A. Chacón (Executive Director, Alianza Americas), Oliver Milman (Reporter, The Guardian), Tiara R. Na’puti (Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder), and Ninaj Raoul (Executive Director, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees). The program, which took place on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, was curated and …

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: Helen Zia, Laurence Coderre, and Pacharee Sudhinaraset

   On February 7, 2019, activist and former A/P/A Institute at NYU Writer-in-Residence Helen Zia joined us to launch her new book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution (Ballantine Books, 2019). She was in conversation with Laurence Coderre (NYU Department of East Asian Studies) and Pacharee Sudhinaraset (NYU Department of …

Insular Possessions: Imperial Legacies of 1898 with a special screening of Call Her Ganda

 On November 16, 2018, we hosted a symposium entitled “Insular Possessions: Imperial Legacies of 1898,” featuring two panels and a special screening of the award-winning documentary Call Her Ganda. The symposium was co-sponsored by the NYU Native Studies Forum, NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of …

A Tribute to Fay Chiang (1952-2017)

 January 27, 2019 would have been Fay Chiang’s 67th birthday. For as many birthdays as she was able, she organized an annual potluck and fundraiser to support Project Reach NYC, and the youth and communities for whom she cared so deeply. As we looked through her archive, which was recently donated to Tamiment Library …

Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai’i Statehood

On December 7, 2018, we celebrated the publication of Dean Itsuji Saranillio‘s new book, Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood (Duke University Press, 2018), with Jaskiran Dhillon (The New School), J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University), Nikhil Pal Singh (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), and Simón Trujillo (NYU Department of English). Learn more here.

Artists in New York: The Virtual Asian American Art Museum

On November 8, 2018, to mark the launch of the Virtual Asian American Art Museum, we presented “Artists in New York,” a two-panel symposium, highlighting Asian American artists who lived and worked in New York during the twentieth century. The panels, “An Asian American Modern in New York” and “Postwar Asian Diasporic Artists in New …

I Even Regret Night: Verses from Indenture

On October 29, 2018, we celebrated the publication of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (Kaya Press, 2018), which chronicles the “interior lives of indentured men” (Gaiutra Bahadur) on the sugar plantations of British Guiana. Writer Gaiutra Bahadur (A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar), who wrote the book’s afterword, and poet Rajiv Mohabir, …

Out of State: Screening and Discussion

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, we screened the award-winning documentary Out of State (79 min.), which explores the intersections between the US imperial project and prison industrial complex, through the stories of David and Hale—two Native Hawaiian men incarcerated in a private prison in the Arizona desert, thousands of miles away from home. The event opened …

Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka, Artist-in-Residence Launch Event

On September 25, 2018, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU was thrilled to welcome multidisciplinary artist, DJ, culture producer, media maker, and activist/organizer Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage as its 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence. The artist was joined by special guests Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture, Sonia Guiñansaca, and Jess X. Snow for a conversation on art as activism, the …