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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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14 June 2018

Homeward Bound: Oral Histories of the Diaspora

Presented by The W.O.W. Project. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.   How do oral histories document generations past and present? How do these stories shape our future? What are the stories you have been waiting to tell? Four multimedia storytellers, scholars, and organizers share their work documenting personal, local, and global stories of the diaspora. Featuring Nyssa Chow (Lecturer, S.U.N.Y Purchase), Tao Leigh Goffe (Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, NYU), Diane Wong (Doctoral Candidate, Cornell University), and Huiying Bernice Chan (writer and storyteller). This…

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16 June 2018

GAX 2018: Discussion on Performance, Diversity, and Representation in the Arts

Presented by the 2018 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange. This intimate dialogue will create an interdisciplinary conversation on performance and diversity and representation in the arts. The discussion will include questions of terminology, theory, and practice as well as explore past and current programs and on-the-ground organizing in relationship to Asian and Black representations in performance and visual art in London. Featuring Diana Yeh, Lucy Sheen, and Paul Goodwin. Moderated by Alexandra Chang RSVP   Paul Goodwin is a curator, writer, and urban theorist.…

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22 June 2018

GAX 2018: Co-Constituting the Global

Presented in collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW Berlin), ICI Berlin, the Centre for Transcultural Analysis at Carleton University (CTCA), and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU as part of the 2018 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange.  With the support from the NYU Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost. Co-convened by Annette Bhagwati, Alexandra Chang, Birgit Hopfener, and Ming Tiampo. 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Panel & Discussion This panel addresses the lived entanglements of the global that…

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23 June 2018

GAX 2018: Opening Reception for Intimacies and Imagined Futures

Presented by SOMA Art Space and the 2018 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange. An initiative of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Thanks to support from the NYU Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost and Arts Council Korea (ARKO). Co-curated by Nabi Nara, Alexandra Chang, and Francesca Tarocco, Intimacies and Imagined Futures (on view June 19-July 15, 2018) features the work of nine international and Berlin-based Asian diasporic artists working in video and performance. Visually compelling, at times loud and humorous, and…

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18 September 2018

Welcome Reception for Crystal Parikh, A/P/A Institute Director

Join us in welcoming Professor Crystal Parikh as director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Professor Parikh specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, with a focus on comparative race and ethnic studies, as well as ethical and political theory, and gender and sexuality, diaspora, and postcolonial studies. She writes, “It is deeply humbling and moving to be entrusted [to lead the A/P/A Institute at NYU] … and I am committed to continuing and expanding [its] efforts well into…

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24 September 2018

An Evening with V. Vale, In Conversation with Dan Fox 

Presented by the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. V. Vale was born in 1944 in a Japanese American incarceration camp to a Japanese showgirl mother and an actor father. He was later fostered by a Polish family in Peoria, his Japanese uncle in Fresno, and a Black family in Whittier, California. After a stint as keyboardist for proto-metal band Blue Cheer, he worked at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco where, after being gifted…

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25 September 2018

Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka, Artist-in-Residence Launch Event 

UPDATE: This event is sold out and has reached full capacity. If additional tickets become available, they will be released on Eventbrite. If you are not registered and would like to attend, we’d suggest arriving 10-15 minutes early, and we will do our best to seat as many walk-in guests as we can. The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU is thrilled to welcome multidisciplinary artist, DJ, culture producer, media maker, and activist/organizer Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage as its 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence. As a DJ, she…

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27 September 2018

Meena Alexander: Atmospheric Embroidery

Co-sponsored by the Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium at NYU, South Asia at NYU, and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Award-winning author and scholar Meena Alexander reads from Atmospheric Embroidery, a haunting collection of poems that “travels through zones of violence to reach the crystalline depth of words” (Northwestern University Press, 2018), and discusses Name Me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing (Yale University Press, 2018), an anthology which brings together the voices of twentieth- and twenty-first century writers from India and the diaspora.…

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03 October 2018

Virtual Asian American Art Museum Chicago Launch Party and Panel

Co-presented by DePaul Art Museum and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by Art, Media, & Design; Critical Ethnic Studies; and Global Asian Studies at DePaul University.  The Virtual Asian American Art Museum (VAAAM), launching in Fall 2018, is a large-scale digital humanities project developed by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU for new collaborative scholarship on Asian American art history. As part of Art Design Chicago, VAAAM is working with leading scholars and curators in the field to create new online…

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