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29 November 2012

Tadashi Nakamura and Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

Please note the new location (Theater 200). Reservations have closed, we will accommodate walk-ins if possible. Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings is a compelling portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, Life on Four Strings reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to…

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30 November 2012

An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro

It is rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It is even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. Jake Shimabukuro has already accomplished these feats and more on the ukulele. In the hands of Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a bold, complex new musical force. He effortlessly mixes jazz, rock,…

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26 April 2013

Generation Return: Version 1.5, A Community Concert and Forum on Art + Justice in the Cambodian Diaspora

Generation Return: Version 1.5 is an evening of spoken word, hip-hop, and video screenings featuring urban voices from Phnom Penh to NYC. The line up includes performances by Bochan Huy, praCh Ly, Anida Yoeu Ali, Kosal Khiev, and video selections by Studio Revolt. This event highlights artistic practice as a means to address issues of collective legacy and contemporary justice. Featured Cambodian American artists are actively engaged in international dialogues and community activism through art. The event title is a reference to…

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10 May 2013

First Annual Native Concert, Presented by the NYU Native American And Indigenous Students Group

The NYU Native American and Indigenous Students Group proudly presents their First Annual Native Concert featuring Jennifer Kreisberg, Laura Ortman, and Alex Loeb. Tickets: $5 suggested donation Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU’s Native Studies Forum, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Center for Multicultural Education Studies, Opportunities Program, and Music Department. With the public help of American Indian Community House, National Museum of the American Indian.              

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22 January 2014

Voices from the Canefields: Franklin Odo

Yuko ka Meriken yō Kaero ka Nihon Koko ga shian no Hawai koku Go on to America Or return to Japan? This is our dilemma Here in Hawai‘i 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…

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24 July 2014


AI WEI WEI: THE SEED is a live music, video, dance and spoken word performance mash-up about the early roots of political artist Ai Weiwei and his emergence as one of the world’s foremost artists and thinkers. The show tracks the artist’s life from his childhood in exile with his political poet father Ai Qing to his formative decade in NYC (1981-1993) as a street artist in Williamsburg and the East Village, where he also befriended poet Allen Ginsberg. by…

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20 November 2014

Return of the Unfit: A Gathering to Locate, Challenge, & Exorcise Our Eugenic Ghosts

From mass sterilization to mass incarceration; quota-based immigration restrictions to a regime of border militarization—how do the dubious hierarchies of ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and ability, greatly shaped by early 20th century eugenics research, continue to be re-crafted and re-deployed? Artists, activists, and academics join forces to trace the lineages of American nativism, racism, and ableism through readings, performance, music, and analysis. Featuring scholar Awam Amkpa (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), poet and activist Sonia Guinansaca (New York…

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01 April 2015

Lenapehoking Transformance Laboratory Roundtable

Co-presented by NYU Performances Studies and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The Lenapehoking Transformance Laboratory, a collaborative indigenous research strategy facilitated by Dåkot-ta Alcantara Camacho and A/P/A Institute Visiting Scholar Jack Gray, aims to set a unique precedent by presenting innovative interventions between western theater performance studies and contemporary indigenous world views and practices, and acknowledging the creative potential of Lenapehoking Territory (the indigenous name of New York City). The Transformance Laboratory invites a cohort of international and local artists…

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08 May 2015

Afro-Asian Mixtapes: Overlapping Literary Diasporas in the Caribbean

UPDATE: This event has reached full capacity and no additional RSVPs will be accepted at this time. Walk-ins will be seated as capacity allows. A/P/A Institute at NYU participates in The Literary Mews, part of the PEN World Voices Festival, for the third year in a row. Part-literary festival, part-street fair on the Washington Mews, the all-day 2015 Literary Mews presents readings and performances from the African Diaspora. Join us at 4PM for a reading and listening session highlighting the…

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11 June 2015

The Challenge: Tiananmen Square

A panel discussion and a musical presentation about the 1989 social revolts in Beijing, China. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The panel will feature Rowena Xiaoqing He (Lecturer, Department of Government, Harvard University) and Fang Zheng (Civil Rights Activist and Tiananmen survivor) and be moderated by Luis Muñiz Argüelles (Professor of Law, University of Puerto Rico and member of the International Academy of Comparative Law). Virtuoso violinist and Chinese composer Jason Kao Hwang will present his premier of…

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25 September 2015

America & Its Unfit: Eugenics Then & Now

Co-convened by Mindy Fullilove and John Kuo Wei Tchen 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 in a social Darwinist language of progress. Forced sterilization was justified in the name of “social…

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05 November 2015

Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area with Oliver Wang and Hua Hsu

Presented by THE COLLOQUIUM FOR UNPOPULAR CULTURE. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, and FAM (Filipino American Museum). “Jumping music Slick DJs Fog machines And laser rays”—Debbie Deb “Filipino-Americans are to turntablism what East Africans are to winning marathons or the Irish are to literature: a statistically small group that has contributed a preponderance of the art’s elite. From the Bay Area came the legendary DJ Qbert,…

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19 November 2015

NYCAASC Open Mic Fundraiser

Presented by NYCAASC. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Asian American Women’s Alliance, and the Pilipinos of Hunter. In anticipation for the 10th anniversary conference, the New York City Asian American Student Conference hosts an open mic fundraiser, with headliner and writer Purvi Shah. Sign-ups for performance slots and doors open at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. Want to perform? Let us know in advance! nycaasc.com/openmic-sign RSVP to the Facebook event here. Suggested Admission: $5-$10   Purvi…

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04 December 2015

First Fridays: Transitions

Presented by the Bangladeshi American Creative Collective. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the Bronx Council on the Arts. As part of Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh and First Fridays at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bangladeshi American Creative Collective presents a night of song and dance by local performers, and a conversation exploring Bangladeshi histories in the diaspora today. Presentations by Vivek Bald, Tanwi Nandini Islam, and Alaudin Ullah. Followed by discussion moderated by Chaumtoli…

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21 March 2016

Jack Gray: Traditional Songs Workshop

The Traditional Songs Workshop supports Indigenous safe-spaces in Mannahatta by creating opportunities to engage with traditional and community practices. Through the power of the voice and collective harmony, this gathering honors Native American and Pacific Islander languages, stories, and world views expressed in song, music, and ritual. This reflective and inclusive program will be facilitated by Jack Gray (Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahungunu), A/P/A Institute at NYU Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence. RSVP using the form below. Jack Gray (Ngati Porou,…

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05 June 2016

The Hōkūle’a Arrives in NYC

On June 5, the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a will arrive in New York City—Lenape Territory—as a part of its worldwide voyage called Mālama Honua (to care for our earth). The Hōkūle‘a uses no modern navigational instruments, but instead ongoing Hawaiian creative practices that read the sun, moon, stars, clouds, winds, waves, and the patterns of a diversity of nonhuman species to find their way. The NYC-arrival ceremony will take place at North Cove Marina, and a series of programs and…

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08 June 2016

O Hānau Ka Mauna: A Chant & Hula Workshop with Pualani Case

Presented by Nā ʻŌiwi NYC. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Arts in a Changing America. Nā ʻŌiwi NYC, in collaboration with Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and Arts in a Changing America proudly present a Hawaiian chant and hula workshop by Pualani Case. Pualani Case is a kumu hula, a teacher of Hawaiian chant and dance, who has dedicated her life to the protection and preservation of sacred places like Mauna Kea. She is an integral leader in Pacific island voyaging protocol…

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10 June 2016

KANIKAPILA & KŪʻĒ: Songs of Sovereignty & Aloha Aina

Presented by ʻAha Aloha Aina and the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. All are invited to participate in a kanikapila (impromptu jam session) featuring music by Liko Martin & Laulani Teale, Leon Siu & Malia Elliot, and special guests. The program will also feature remarks from experts on Hawaiian history and leaders calling for the full independence of Hawai’i. Liko Martin & Laulani Teale are traveling, as Queen Lili’uokalani did, from Hawai’i…

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10 October 2016

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration (Re-thinking Columbus Day)

Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU On October 10, a consortium of fourteen Indigenous organizations in New York City will unify to bring awareness of Indigenous Peoples’ Day,  currently celebrated as the national holiday Columbus Day.  The American Indian Community House, Redhawk Native American Arts Council, United Federation of Taino People, Kechiwa Nation, Hālāwai, Na Ōiwi NYC,  East Coast Two Spirit Society, and Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective hope that New York City follow in the footsteps of Multnomah County,…

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20 April 2017

Science & Climate Change: A Series of Events in Celebration of the Marches

Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the Center for Earth Ethics. The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the Climate Working Group have partnered with Dupont Underground to curate a series of events leading up to the March for Science on Washington (April 22) and The People’s Climate Change March (April 29). The full schedule is available here. Thursday, April 20, 7pm – 9:30pm: [Gearing Up] Poetry X Posters Featuring: Jane Hirshfield, Kate Daniels, Jennifer Chang, and Sarah Browning. NYC’s…

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