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Basement Revisited: Asian/Pacific American Student Organizing Today

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, this event (originally scheduled for Friday, April 25) has been postponed to Wednesday, May 14 from 5:30-7PM.

Co-presented with the Asian Pacific American Student Collective

From Occupy to BDS to the undocumented immigrant rights movement, we see dedicated student and youth activists at the forefront of a number of important contemporary social movements. Yet, at many institutions, student activists often feel that they operate within a larger sea of student political apathy. In this context, the mass mobilization, cultural production, and multiracial coalition building led by students and young people of color in the 1960s and 70s increasingly serves as inspiration for contemporary student organizers. Within the Asian/Pacific American community, histories of A/PA organizing resonate for students who see the reclamation and continuation of these movements as a means of contesting contemporary issues facing their communities.

The Asian Pacific American Student Collective was formed to translate nostalgia for past struggles into a contemporary A/PA student movement, drawing from the radical politics of its predecessors (from the Basement Workshop to I Wor Kuen; the Ghadar Party to the Delano Grape strikers) as inspiration for student activism in the present.

 

On Wednesday, May 14, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, in conjunction with the APA Student Collective, brings together a diverse group of A/PA organizers and activists  for an evening of intergenerational conversation, skill-sharing, and movement-building. Political art from the APA Student Collective’s April art-making series, alongside reproductions of the visual art, poetry, and flyers from the Basement Workshop Papers (currently housed at the Institute) serve as a jumping off point for the evening’s workshop.

 

This event is geared towards students, organizers, artists, and Basement Workshop alum. RSVP by Monday, May 12 using the form below.  

 

Image credit: Tomie Arai, Yellow Pearl, Basement Workshop Papers, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
Address:
8 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003 United States
Phone: (212) 998-3700
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