Category: Videos

Migrant & Indigenous Sanctuaries

 On April 29, 2019, we hosted Migrant & Indigenous Sanctuaries: An Evening of Film & Music. Featured artists included Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), Shane McSauby (Gichi Wiikwedong Odawa Anishinaabek), Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Diné), Génesis Mancheren Abaj (Kaqchikel), and Kenia R. Guillen. This event was moderated by migrant artists Jess X. Snow, who curated …

Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia

 Edited by S. Heijin Lee (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Christina H. Moon (Parsons School of Design), and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia (NYU Press, 2019) considers the role of bodily aesthetics in the shaping of Asian modernities and the formation of the so-called “Asian …

Diasporic Sound: Migration, Resilience, and Remix

Activist, DJ, and A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence Ushka (Thanushka Yakupitiyage) curated a conversation on the impact that migrations from South Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean have had on the creation of diasporic, border-traversing sounds. Panelists discussed the role of globalization and digital culture in expanding the reach of diasporic music at the same time that …

Skirball Talks: Linda Sarsour

 On March 25, 2019, award-winning, Brooklyn-born Palestinian American Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist Linda Sarsour delivered a lecture on migration, refugees, and the politics of sanctuary. Best known for her intersectional coalition work and building bridges across racial, ethnic, and faith communities, Sarsour has been at the forefront of major social justice …

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.