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13 February 2018

Labor of Love: A Conversation with Tomie Arai, May Ying Chen, and Bhairavi Desai

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the Frederic Ewen Center. Co-sponsored by the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections and Labor Arts. Curated by Minju Bae. This roundtable will bring longtime Asian American women activists and organizers together to approach labor studies in multidisciplinary ways. Tomie Arai (public artist and member, Chinatown Art Brigade), May Ying Chen (professor and former manager, Local 23-25), and Bhairavi Desai (founding member, New York City Taxi Workers Alliance) will share their experiences as labor organizers…

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17 February 2018

Art Across Archives Opening

Produced by Think!Chinatown in collaboration with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Asia Art Archive in America, Asian American Arts Centre, and chashama.  Curated by Stephanie H. Tung Featuring the work of Ming Fay and the Epoxy Art Group Opening: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. On view: Saturday, February 17 –  Saturday, March 31, 2018 Wednesday-Friday: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. Window display visible 24/7 Art Across Archives re-constitutes the work of the EPOXY Art…

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21 February 2018

A/P/A Institute at CAA 2018 Annual Conference

Founded in 1911, the College Art Association (CAA) serves the needs and interests of 8,700 individual and 500 institutional members. It publishes two scholarly journals in art history, an online reviews journal for books and exhibitions, two weekly email newsletters, and a website with news about the organization, its members, and the larger art and academic worlds. CAA hosts an Annual Conference for 2,500 to 4,000 artists, art historians, and students, provides career counseling, and advocates for national issues in…

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23 February 2018

Afro-Asian Poetics: Ana-Maurine Lara, Joseph Legaspi, Margaret Rhee, and Nicole Sealey

UPDATE: The event has reached full capacity, and we are not currently accepting RSVPs. Should additional tickets become available, they will be released via the Eventbrite form below. There is no waitlist or overflow room, but we will seat walk-in guests as capacity allows. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Institute of African American Affairs and Kundiman. Celebrating Afro-Asian solidarity, conversations, and poetics, four poets celebrate their newly released poetry collections, and reflect on political and…

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01 March 2018

Book Launch for Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color

Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, The Contemporary Literature Series in the Undergraduate Program in English, and the Colloquium in Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies. The legal texts and aspirational ideals of human rights are usually understood and applied in a global context with little bearing on the legal discourse, domestic political struggles, or social justice concerns within the United States. In Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), Crystal Parikh (NYU Departments…

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02 March 2018

Archives, Institutions, and Imaginaries: Human Rights and Literature

Sponsored by the NYU Department of English; Colloquium in Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies; Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis; Dean’s Office of the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. The tremendous interest in the relationship between human rights and literature has given rise to what is now a vibrant field of literary and cultural studies. This conference, organized by Crystal Parikh (NYU Departments of English and Social & Cultural Analysis) will bring together…

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07 March 2018

RESCHEDULED: We Are Irreplaceable: A Night of Film & Poetry by Emerging Artists of Color

UDPATE: Due to the impending inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Friday, March 30, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Details for the rescheduled program are available here.    Presented by the Tisch Graduate Film Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community-Building. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Graduate Film Program in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Join us for an evening of cinema and poetry from the Asian, Caribbean, and African diasporas. The program will begin with poetry from Giselle Buchanan, Jess X. Snow, Rami Karim, and Terrance Daye, and…

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26 March 2018

The Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: A Lecture by Noenoe K. Silva

Presented by Native Studies Forum. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Native American & Indigenous Students Group. In this presentation, Noenoe K. Silva (University of Hawai’i, Mānoa) will speak on aloha ʻāina as kinship and foundation for Kanaka ontology, and how this is expressed in published writing by Joseph Kanepuu (1824-ca 1886) and Joseph Mokuohai Poepoe (1854-1913). The presentation is based on The Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History (Duke, 2017).

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28 March 2018

Cities of the Future: Youmna Chlala, Sesshu Foster, Renee Gladman & Ken Chen

Co-presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and Kaya Press. Three experimental writers of color investigate the vision of the city through books that merge visual art with poetry and prose. Sesshu Foster’s eagerly anticipated City of the Future rebels against the gentrification of Chicano/Asian East LA through poems, letters, drawings, and postcards: Douglas Kearney calls it “elegiac, documentarian, furious and fun as hell”! A visual artist exhibited at Performa, ArtDubai, and Art In General, Youmna Chlala imagines language as the…

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30 March 2018

New date! We Are Irreplaceable: A Night of Film & Poetry by Emerging Artists of Color

Presented by the Tisch Graduate Film Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community-Building. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Join us for an evening of cinema and poetry from the Asian, Caribbean, and African diasporas. The program will begin with poetry from Giselle Buchanan, Jess X. Snow, Rami Karim, and Terrance Daye, and continue with a screening of short films by current Tisch Graduate Film students of color: Sontenish Myers, Prashanth Kamalakanthan, Jess X. Snow, and Terrance Daye. We’ll end with a discussion about how film and poetry can…

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04 April 2018

A/P/A Institute Scholar Slam

Each year, the A/P/A Institute at NYU sponsors scholars and artists to further research projects using the libraries and archives at NYU. This semester, the Institute hosts its third Scholar Slam featuring 10-minute (and 10-slide) presentations from current Visiting Scholars. Leeroy Kun Young Kang will present on his project, the “Belated Archive”, an interdisciplinary archival, curatorial, and artist collaboration which aims to uncover and recirculate works in queer experimental Asian film and video history. Sarah Khan will share the creation…

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05 April 2018

“Vicarious Media: Kpop, Mukbang, and Consuming Consumption” A Talk by Michelle Cho

Presented by the NYU Department of Cinema Studies. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. This talk addresses the proliferation of online vlogs that enact the spectacle of consumption in relation to ostensibly global popular culture. Professor Michelle Cho (McGill University) considers reaction videos—videos in which viewers record reactions to other online videos, in a chain of serial reactions—as a signal case of a genre of media practice that she calls “vicarious media.” Professor Cho argues that the category of…

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06 April 2018

Chinatowns Around the World

Presented by the W.O.W. Project. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. What can elderly Chinese Cuban women in Havana teach us about the fight to preserve Chinatown in New York City? How does Johannesburg’s Chinatown relate to Black and Asian race relations in the US? Where is home for the lineages of immigrants in the diaspora? The Chinese diaspora is worldwide. Immigrants have created home in countries where one may not expect to find thousands of Chinese restaurants in…

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11 April 2018

South Asian American Masculinities & Popular Culture in the Age of Trump

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and South Asia @ NYU. The last several years have seen a marked growth of visibility of South Asian American men in US popular culture (comedians Aziz Ansari, Kumail Nanjiani, Hari Kondabolu, and Hasan Minhaj come to mind, as does the British Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed’s character in HBO’s The Night Of). In a moment when our public discourse is defined…

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16 April 2018

The Construction of A/PA Community: Solidarity and Accountability in Practice

Hosted by the NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. As a follow-up to last semester’s “The Construction of A/PA Identity: A Community Dialogue for Student Leaders”, Asian/Pacific American students are invited to join this intra-communal dialogue about the construction of A/PA as a category of community and group identity. How is it useful? Where does it fall apart? What does it mean to be part of a community? Participants will have the…

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28 April 2018

EMERGENCE: The New York City Asian American Student Annual Conference

Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Emergence: The New York City Asian American Student Annual Conference is a free day-long conference organized by high school, college, and graduate students for those who are interested in Asian American communities and issues in New York City. The conference is a space for students to explore Asian American issues, and become politically engaged in their communities. The conference will present three tracks of workshops, and performances. REGISTER

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29 April 2018

Indigenous Studies Colloquium & “Food, Land, and Power” Panel

Presented by the Native Americans and Indigenous Students Group at NYU (NAISG). Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Native Studies Forum, NYU Department of History, NYU School of Professional Studies, NYU College of Arts and Science, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science, NYU Liberal Studies, and NYU Center for Multicultural Educational Programs. Join the Native Americans and Indigenous Students Group at NYU (NAISG) for a two-part event created to center the voices of Indigenous scholars, activists, and youth. The event…

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03 May 2018

The Inaugural Dr. Jack G. Shaheen Memorial Lecture: Ralph Nader

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. Co-sponsored by the NYU Division of Libraries, NYU Abu Dhabi, Provost’s Global Research Initiatives Program, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU Iranian Studies Initiative, Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity & Strategic Innovation, NYU Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Ottoman Studies at NYU, Jadaliyya, NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, and NYU Program in International Relations. In celebration of the…

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22 May 2018

The Chinese Exclusion Act: The Official New York Premiere

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU with Steeplechase Films, Center for Asian American Media, David D. Ho, MD, New-York Historical Society, WNET, Museum of Chinese in America, and Asian American Bar Association of New York. Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program, NYU. Join us for the official New York premiere screening of the The Chinese Exclusion Act with award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films. The screening will be hosted by Jack Tchen, founding director of…

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24 May 2018

Book Party: Marianna’s Beauty Salon by Bushra Rehman

Presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. Join us to celebrate the launch of Marianna’s Beauty Salon, the first collection of poetry from Bushra Rehman. Rehman will be joined on stage by Quincy Scott Jones (The T-Bone Series), Sadia Shepard (The Girl from Foreign) and Jai Dulani (The Revolution Starts at Home). DJ Rekha will close the night with a special music set. RSVP ($5 suggested donation) Bushra Rehman…

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