Category: Videos

A Tale of Two Islands, Part 1

On Tuesday, September 27, A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence Beatrice Glow began her residency with the act of planting a native tree, and the presentation of a new lecture-performance. Glow’s work uncovers invisible, suppressed stories that lie in the geopolitical shadows of colonialism and migration. During her residency, the interdisciplinary artist will research the social … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Islands, Part 1”

America & Its Unfit: Eugenics Then & Now

Disoriented by the “unwashed” immigrants arriving every day, New Yorker Madison Grant’s screed The Passing of the Great Race (1916) sounded the alarm for elite Anglo American Protestants. The Eugenics Record Office emerged in the breach of this Gilded Age moment of great extremes—immense wealth and immense urban and rural poverty. “Slum clearance” was framed … Continue reading “America & Its Unfit: Eugenics Then & Now”

Indigenous Dance Forum, Curated by Jack Gray

Blending interactive theater approaches with culturally immersive technologies, The Indigenous Dance Forum (IDF) was part community activation, part performance ritual, and part forum. Guided by intuition-led, process-based methodologies, IDF, the major outcome of Jack Gray‘s semester-long residency at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, implored us to find a way to create and articulate a deeper … Continue reading “Indigenous Dance Forum, Curated by Jack Gray”

The Wayfinding Project Inaugural Ceremony

On March 24, we hosted an inauguration and opening reception for The Wayfinding Project featuring performances and remarks from project initiator Jack Tchen, artist Beatrice Glow, Kaina Quenga (Na ‘Ōiwi NYC), Donna Couteau (Leafarrow Theatre), Angelo Baca (NYU Native American and Indigenous Students Group), Chief Reggie Herb Dancer Ceaser (Matinecock Nation), and chanters Kauila Kanaka’ole, … Continue reading “The Wayfinding Project Inaugural Ceremony”

The Hōkūle’a: Indigenous Resurgence from Hawai’i to Mannahatta

In the summer of 2016, the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a will arrive to New York City—Lenape Territory—as a part of its worldwide voyage called Mālama Honua (to care for our earth). The voyage is a part of a global movement for the resurgence of Indigenous knowledges, languages, and land-based practices that are ever needed in … Continue reading “The Hōkūle’a: Indigenous Resurgence from Hawai’i to Mannahatta”

Twenty Years of Rolling the R’s & The White Boy Shuffle

Through fiercely earnest characters navigating a landscape of burning dreams and neglect in a small 1970s Hawaiian community, R. Zamora Linmark’s Rolling the R’s threw new light on queer identity and the trauma of assimilation—and is now available in a new, updated edition from Kaya Press. Paul Beatty’s brilliant, satirical The White Boy Shuffle introduced … Continue reading “Twenty Years of Rolling the R’s & The White Boy Shuffle”

Indigenous Contemporary Dance Masterclasses

  The fourth episode of Jack Gray‘s residency with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU documents the week-long series of Indigenous contemporary dance masterclasses that were led by Gray (A/P/A Institute at NYU, Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence) and guest professional artists from Alaska (Emily Johnson), the Philippines (Sammay Dizon), and Aotearoa (Louise Potiki Bryant, Jasmin Canuel, and … Continue reading “Indigenous Contemporary Dance Masterclasses”


In the years during and following the Cambodian genocide, hundreds of thousands of Cambodian refugees were resettled in the US. In the 1980s and 1990s, ten thousand of these refugees arrived in the Bronx. Through the story of Ra Pronh and her family scholar and organizer Eric Tang (University of Texas, Austin) locates the Bronx … Continue reading “Unsettled”

Roundtable Session with Jack Gray

Jack Gray is forging connections between Indigenous and artist communities in New York as the Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Episode 2 documents a community-building roundtable that offered space for informal, intimate dialogue and knowledge exchange. This roundtable guided Gray’s semester-long residency, which focused on contemporary Indigenous performance and culminated with … Continue reading “Roundtable Session with Jack Gray”

East LA Interchange

East LA Interchange tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and developers, this immigrant neighborhood survived racially restrictive housing covenants, Japanese American incarceration, federal redlining policies, and the building of the largest and busiest freeway interchange system in the nation: … Continue reading “East LA Interchange”