Message from the Director, Fall 2018

Photo of A/P/A Institute Director Crystal Parikh. She looks at the camera and smiles. The text on the photo reads "Message from the Director."


“Like other members of our community, I have watched the recent unfolding events and tumultuous political climate in our nation with concern and frustration. As the incoming director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, I find myself turning often to A/P/A history, activism, art, and culture for insight and hope in unsettling times. We at the Institute are proud and excited to continue a tradition of fostering understanding, alliances, and exchange across racial, ethnic, and national borders with our 2018–19 roster of events and programs. Our focus on “Migration, Refugees, and the Politics of Sanctuary” builds upon the important work of students, staff, and faculty from across NYU, who have insisted on according respect and protection to all members of our community, regardless of their legal status. Our fall events explore the multiple histories that have shaped Asian-Pacific migrations and encounters in the world. They also consider the less visible aspects of the Asian diaspora, and we celebrate the work of our colleagues and scholars in the field. We at the Institute are also delighted to welcome Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage, a multi-talented artist and activist, who will join us as the Artist-in-Residence for 2018-19. As a deejay (who performs by the artist name Ushka), content creator, and organizer, Yakupitiyage puts words and music into action for immigrants’ rights and climate justice in ways that directly embody our theme for the coming year. Beginning with the fall semester, I look forward to extending the Institute’s prodigious record of service and accomplishments and building even more opportunities for learning and dialogue.”

—Crystal Parikh, Director


We are thrilled to welcome Professor Crystal Parikh as Director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and invite you to join us at her welcome reception on Tuesday, September 18. View a list of our upcoming Fall programs, and read more about Professor Parikh’s appointment.


Crystal Parikh is Professor in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the NYU Department of English. She 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. In addition to numerous essays and articles, Professor Parikh has published Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). She is also the author of An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literature and Culture (Fordham University Press, 2009), which won the Modern Language Association Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary Studies. She co-edited with Daniel Y. Kim, the Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature (2015) and is currently editing The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature.