Presented by NYU Asian Pacific American Coalition. Cohosted by the NYU Asian American Women’s Alliance and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
Join us as we learn about the rich history of A/P/A feminist activism in honor of Women’s HERstory Month at NYU. Featuring Sharon Heijin Lee (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Ninotchka Rosca (AF3IRM NYC), Vivian Truong (A/P/A Institute Visiting Scholar), and Sunita Viswanath (WAW). Rachel Kuo (PhD candidate in the NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication) moderates.
Sharon Heijin Lee is a Professor at NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Her research interests are transnational feminist cultural studies; intersections between Asian American studies and Asian studies; Korean studies; transnational American studies; and gender and sexuality studies.
Ninotchka Rosca is a Filipina transnational feminist author who is active in AF3IRM NYC. She is also an organizer and advocate for women’s liberation and is engaged in the study and codification of the theory and practice of transnational and intersectional feminism. Her two novels, State of War and Twice Blessed, are considered classics of modern Philippine literature, with the second receiving the American Book Award for Excellence in Literature.
Vivian Truong is a Visiting Scholar at A/P/A Institute at NYU. Her research is centered around Asian American and multiracial community organizing against police violence in late 20th century New York City. This research has developed from her experience with community organizing and youth leadership development at Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities andChinatown Youth Initiatives (NYC), Providence Youth Student Movement in Rhode Island, and Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) Michigan.
Sunita Viswanath is cofounder and board chair of Women for Afghan Women and editor of Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future. Sunita worked for many years as director of grants and programs at The Sister Fund, where WAW was founded and incubated. From 2006 to 2009, Sunita was executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA). Sunita now volunteers full-time for WAW. Sunita was a 2011 recipient of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Global Women’s Rights Award for her work with WAW. In 2011, she cofounded another grassroots organization, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus. In 2015, Sunita was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work with Sadhana.