Category: Videos

Inaugural NYC Celebration of Fred T. Korematsu Day

 On Tuesday, January 30, we celebrated the inauguration of “Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” in New York City. Panelists included Karen Korematsu (Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute, and the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu), Daniel Dromm (Council member, New York City Council), Debbie Almontaser …

Afro-Asian Poetics

 Celebrating Afro-Asian solidarity, conversations, and poetics, four poets celebrated their newly released poetry collections, and reflected on political and aesthetic solidarity in the past, present, and future. Featuring Cave Canem fellow Ana-Maurine Lara (Kohnjehr Woman, 2017), Kundiman co-founder Joseph O. Legaspi (Threshold, 2017), Kundiman fellow Margaret Rhee (Love, Robot, 2017), and Cave Canem Executive …

Labor of Love

This roundtable brought longtime Asian American women activists and organizers together to approach labor studies in multidisciplinary ways. Tomie Arai (public artist and member, Chinatown Art Brigade), May Ying Chen (professor and former manager, Local 23-25), and Bhairavi Desai (founding member, New York City Taxi Workers Alliance) shared their experiences as labor organizers and movement …

Closing Dinner for Zarina: Dark Roads

 On the occasion of the closing of Zarina: Dark Roads (October 6, 2017 – February 2, 2018), we hosted a dinner in the gallery. Poet and translator Adeeba Shahid Talukder read works inspired by the exhibition. Learn more about Zarina’s residency.

Panel on Zarina: Dark Roads

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. On the occasion of the exhibition Zarina: Dark Roads, we presented a panel discussion on the life and work of the prolific Zarina Hashmi, the 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Organized around the exhibition thematics, with …

Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering

 This symposium examined the various ways that Indigenous communities across the globe have engaged with, adjusted to, resisted, circumvented, and challenged these ruptures to their traditional foodways: from establishing community health centers to native gardens, from settler colonial theory to food studies and cultural history, and from anti-GMO activism to the protection of customary …

Zarina: On her life and work

On November 1, at the Panel on Zarina: Dark Roads, A/P/A Institute Artist-in-Residence Zarina Hashni presented a stunning selection of personal photographs and reflections to introduce her life and work. We’re thrilled to be able to share her presentation here, and invite you to visit Zarina: Dark Roads at 8 Washington Mews. Plan your visit. …

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art

 Queering Contemporary Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2017), edited by Laura Kina (DePaul University) and Jan Christian Bernabe (Center of Art and Thought), brings together artists and scholars to challenge normative assumptions, essentialism, and methodologies within the study of Asian American art and visual culture. Kina and Bernabe met at the A/P/A …

Zarina: Dark Roads Opening

On Thursday, October 5, we welcomed Zarina Hashmi, 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence, to the A/P/A Institute at NYU with the opening of Zarina: Dark Roads.  Zarina: Dark Roads presents selected works of prints and sculpture across the expanse of three decades by the artist, and marks the 70th anniversary of the 1947 Partition of India, which resulted in one of the …

Basement Bhangra Unplugged

In 1997, DJ Rekha (Rekha Malhotra), brought her love of bhangra and hip-hop to the New York City party scene and launched Basement Bhangra at SOBs. One of the longest-running club nights, Basement Bhangra has provided the soundtrack for a generation of diasporic South Asians, and created a progressive, inclusive nightlife experience for the past …