Category: Videos

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 …

Welcome Reception for Crystal Parikh, A/P/A Institute Director

On September 18, 2018, we welcomed Professor Crystal Parikh as director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. She writes, “It is deeply humbling and moving to be entrusted [to lead the A/P/A Institute at NYU] … and I am committed to continuing and expanding [its] efforts well into the future. In a time of political, …

The Chinese Exclusion Act: The Official New York Premiere

 The official New York premiere of the The Chinese Exclusion Act was hosted by Jack Tchen, founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and was followed by a discussion with the award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films and special guest Kavitha Rajagopalan, a Senior Fellow at the World …

The Inaugural Dr. Jack G. Shaheen Memorial Lecture: Ralph Nader

On May 3, in celebration of the life and work of the late Dr. Jack G. Shaheen (September 21, 1935 – July 9, 2017), the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies co-hosted the Inaugural Dr. Jack G. Shaheen Memorial Lecture, delivered by Ralph Nader. Michele Tasoff and Michael Shaheen, Dr. Shaheen’s …

South Asian American Masculinities & Popular Culture in the Age of Trump

 Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, South Asia @ NYU, and Sakhi for South Asian Women. On April 11, Swati Khurana (artist, writer), Rajiv Menon (Visiting Scholar, NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality), Mallika Rao (essayist, critic, reporter), Imran Siddiquee (filmmaker, writer, activist), and D’Lo (actor, writer, comedian) …

A/P/A Institute Scholar Slam 2018

Each year, the A/P/A Institute at NYU sponsors scholars and artists to further research projects using the libraries and archives at NYU. On April 4, 2018, the Institute hosted its third Scholar Slam featuring 10-minute (and 10-slide) presentations from current Visiting Scholars Leeroy Kun Young Kang, Sarah Khan, Vivian Truong, and Diane Wong. Learn more …

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.