Category: Videos

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 … Continue reading “Basement Bhangra Unplugged”

Standing Rock & the Seventh Generation: An Economics for Us All

An Albert Gallatin Lecture with Winona LaDuke Presenters: The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study Hosts: NYU Native American and Indigenous Students’ Group, American Indian Community House, and American Indian Law Alliance “The essence of the problem is about consumption, recognizing that a society that consumes one third of the … Continue reading “Standing Rock & the Seventh Generation: An Economics for Us All”

No Bans on Stolen Lands

This was the third teach-in organized by the NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective. Tying the #NoDAPL movement with opposition against the Muslim/Immigrant/Refugee Ban, speakers were interested in linking these struggles to talk about a major intersection of US empire. This teach-in took place on April 21, 2017. Learn more here.

A Tale of Two Islands

Beatrice Glow returned from Rhun, a volcanic Indonesian island in the Banda Sea, to present her final public program as the A/P/A Institute Artist-in-Residence. During her residency, Glow investigated the social history of plants via spice routes and botanical expeditions, focusing on the historical relationship between two islands on opposite sites of the world: Mannahatta … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Islands”

Mele Murals: Post-screening Conversation

Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of art. At the center of this story are renowned graffiti artists Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime), and a group of Native Hawaiian youth in the rural community of Waimea, Hawaiʻi.  On April 27, 2017, we hosted a screening and special talkback … Continue reading “Mele Murals: Post-screening Conversation”

Asian American Feminist Organizing in NYC

What does intersectional feminist organizing in Asian American communities look like in practice? Featuring Cathy Dang (CAAAV), Shalini Somayaji (Sakhi for South Asian Women), Clara Yoon (PFLAG NYC), Vijou Bryant (APICHA Community Health Center/ Gabriela NY), and Chhaya Chhoum (Mekong NYC ). Moderated by Vivian Truong (A/P/A Institute Visiting Scholar). Learn more here.

“Regarded As” Muslim: Islamophobia and its Ripple Effects

Co-sponsored by SALSA; MLSA; MELSA; BALSA; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice; the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; the NYU College of Arts and Science; and the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights. Islamophobia affects both Muslims and those “regarded as” Muslim in the broader South Asian, Middle … Continue reading ““Regarded As” Muslim: Islamophobia and its Ripple Effects”

#APATwenty: An Artist-in-Residence Anniversary Celebration, Part 2

This year, the A/P/A Studies Program and Institute (now two separate entities) celebrate twenty years of A/P/A scholarship and community building at NYU. To mark this milestone and highlight the acclaimed artists, thinkers, and writers who have been a part of the A/P/A Institute and A/P/A Studies Program over the past two decades, we present … Continue reading “#APATwenty: An Artist-in-Residence Anniversary Celebration, Part 2”

Asian American Media Activism

This panel bought together Asian American activists, scholars, and media practitioners to critically examine ways we negotiate popular media as spaces for activism and resistance, as well as spaces to negotiate concepts of ‘belonging.’ How might our media activism begin working beyond narrowly defined visions of border and diaspora to create stronger collaborative movements and … Continue reading “Asian American Media Activism”

Serve the People

We were honored to host an intergenerational program on movement building, activism, and interracial solidarity to consider how we might look to the past to strategize in our current moment. Karen Ishizuka‘s Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties (Verso, 2016) draws on interviews with organizers and activists, agitators and artists of … Continue reading “Serve the People”