Category: Videos

A Conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston

The legendary Maxine Hong Kingston joined us for an intimate conversation, moderated by Crystal Parikh (Department of English and Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU), about her oeuvre. Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Creative Writing Program. Read more.  

System + Taste

How do colonial histories shape today’s sustainable food systems? The challenges surrounding Hawai‘i’s current food system have provoked critical attention to issues of land use and development, intersections between race and public health, and the importance of culturally and geographically specific food and agriculture. In this panel discussion, Hawai‘i serves as a case study for …

Form Fitting

On March 26, 2014, the A/P/A Institute at NYU presented a guided tour through some of the most adventurous, formally innovative and unusual films and videos to emerge in the last year. Defying easy classification, these short, non-fictive works play at the intersection of forms–experimental, documentary, animation–to produce inquiries into how ideas can be structured …

Information on Core Exchange Scholars

Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange Program, Director: Alexandra Chang Curator of Special Projects & Director of Global Arts Programs at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. 2015 Core Exchange Scholars Argentina Co-Regional Organizer / Exchange Scholar: Anna Kazumi Stahl (Argentina) Director, NYU-Buenos Aires Canada Exchange Scholar: Alice Ming Wai Jim Associate Professor of Art History, Graduate Program Director …

Voices from the Canefields

Through the poetic lyrics of holehole bushi (Japanese folksongs), Franklin Odo (Founding Director, Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Program) traces the experiences of Japanese immigrant plantation sugar workers caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From despair and defiance to love and lust, the …

Celebrating the NYTWA

A 17,000-member strong union, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance builds power for one of the most visible, yet vulnerable, immigrant workforces in New York City. Through the A/P/A Institute’s Asian/Pacific American Archives Survey project, the Alliance’s records found a home at the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, where they will …

“Coolie” Diaspora

Two groundbreaking works on the history of indentured labor and the Asian diaspora in the Caribbean came into conversation with one another on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. In Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press, 2013), Gaiutra Bahadur traces the story of her great-grandmother, who in 1903 journeyed from India to Guyana …

2013-2014 AIR Welcome

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, A/P/A Institute at NYU welcomed Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani as its 2013-2014 Artists-in-Residence with a public program featuring the artists in conversation with Gayatri Gopinath. Here, Ganesh and Ghani discuss their collaborative project Index of the Disappeared, which is both a physical archive of post-9/11 disappearances and a mobile platform for public …

YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, we screened Lynne Sachs‘s Your Day Is My Night. In the moving hybrid documentary/performance piece, the bed becomes stage as immigrant residents of a shift-bed apartment in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown are both performers and participants, storytellers and actors. Sharing their experiences as migrants and city dwellers, they reveal …

Roger Shimomura

We marked Roger Shimomura’s 2012-13 residency with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU with this short piece about his work, life, and inspiration.