Scholars & Affiliates

 

A/P/A Institute Visiting Scholars 2021-22

The A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar Program extends specified courtesy titles and privileges to scholars of distinction who visit the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University in order to engage in research and scholarship, and in general scholarly and cultural interaction with New York University’s faculty and students. Learn more and apply here.

Tomie Arai will continue work on A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project, an archival project launched in 2020 by a cohort of educators, historians, archivists and activists working in close partnership with the A/P/A Institute at NYU and NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. The team of project volunteers continues to conduct remote interviews, present online public programs, and collect digital artifacts that documented the impact of the pandemic on A/P/A communities in New York and nationally. In 2022, the project will culminate in Archive as Memorial, an exhibition and a series of public programs that will showcase artifacts, interviews, and documents from the A/P/A Voices Public Memory Project collection.    

Wesley Attewell is currently working on a book project entitled The Lifelines of Empire that explores the logistics of US empire-building in the decolonizing Pacific. As a visiting scholar, he hopes to accomplish two things: first, to finish writing and revising a new single-author article for Race & Class, which tracks the transnational circulations that were set in motion by the US military’s “rest and recuperation” program during the Vietnam War; and second, to launch the final research phase for The Lifelines of Empire, which will move beyond the temporal and geographical coordinates of the Vietnam War to consider the everyday forms of logistical labor that go into making Southeast Asian diasporic life bearable under enduring conditions of exploitation, refuge, and violence. 

Neilesh Bose will research for his biography of Taraknath Das, an early twentieth century Indian migrant, nationalist, and revolutionary active in the United States during the era of Asian exclusion. Tentatively titled Lands of Liberty, Countries of License: The Life of Taraknath Das, 1884 – 1958, this book explores the historic significance of South Asian migrants in the United Stated in the context of immigration law, anti-colonialist movements in North America, and global histories of migration in the early twentieth century. 

Phil Chan is the co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, which works to improve Asian representation in classical ballet. His work will encompass finishing the choreography and staging of the Ballet des Porcelaines, finishing his second book Shades of the Orient about orientalism, creativity, and innovation in dance history, as well as beginning his work on the research and reimaginings of both La Bayadere and Madama Butterfly

Daniel Inouye will conduct research for this second book, tentatively titled Cosmopolitan Rights: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Japanese American Activism, 1900–1930. The book examines the anti-Japanese immigrant movement on the Pacific coast of the United States, and how three ideology-based, Japanese American social movements organized and engaged in socio-political action, both on the Pacific coast and in New York City, in response to racism.  

Sue Jeong Ka will conduct research for Readers Beyond Bars, a handbook about American prison’s banned books to protect both free and incarcerated readers from surveillance and censorship practices by the US carceral system. Inspired by Asian American artist-led social movements in downtown New York, Readers Beyond Bars aims to create a platform for intellectual freedom with librarians, artists, and activists to find ways to tackle American prison’s book banning regulations across the states.

Audrea Lim will be researching, reporting, and writing a book, Free the Land (St. Martin’s Press), that examines how the politics and commodification of land are at the heart of racial, economic, environmental, and climate justice issues. As a journalist, she has written about climate, environment, politics, culture, and social movements for Harper’s, New York Times and The Nation. She is also a book editor, and most recently the editor of The World We Need: Stories and Lessons from America’s Unsung Environmental Movement (New Press, 2021).

Runchao Liu will continue to conduct research on Asian American musical activism to further challenge the unrepresentability of Asian bodies in the American rock music landscape and in history. Her first book project, Sounding Orientalism: Radical Sounds and Affects from Asian American Women Who Rock, offers a counter-narrative against the discourse of Asian American rock music as a novelty and the myth of Asian American apoliticism. She will work on revising this manuscript by diving into NYU’s Riot Grrrl Collection and A/P/A Institute at NYU’s archival materials to analyze often-ignored aural aspects of Asian racialization and anti-Asian sentiment.

Margo Machida will conduct research at the NYU Fales Library and Special Collections for an essay she is preparing on the late Chinese American painter Martin Wong (1946-1999). The Fales Downtown Collection is the single largest repository of primary source material on Wong and his work. This article will be published in the Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné, a digital humanities project jointly inaugurated by Stanford University Library and the Martin Wong Foundation in San Francisco.

John-Mario Sevilla, who comes from the practices of hula, Philippine folkloric and modern dance, is currently interrogating how embodied and kinesthetic traditions are de-/reactivated through education and social and environmental justice movements. He will be presenting new choreography at Indigenous Peoples’ Day NYC and discussing his research at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts and 92nd Street Y’s Dance Education Laboratory.

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz will conduct interviews and archival research on the topic of Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural worker lineages of labor support, especially lineages that thoughtfully build social engagement bodies of work alongside Black Indigenous People of Color practitioners and communities. These interviews will be part of a larger project of compiling a book that seeks to understand how our current BIPOC creatives, cultural workers, and producers are able to design, build, and sustain successful practices across time.

Jacinda Tran researches how technologies of visual warfare shape the perception and construction of Southeast Asia/ns. Her dissertation explores the discursive topographies of US military, media, and memory apparatuses as well as their material consequences for Southeast Asian refugees. She is also interested in how refugee cultural productions grapple with devices of documentary capture to interrogate landscapes of realist representation that have informed their own subjectivities.

Dylan Yeats will continue investigating how Chinese New Yorkers collaborated with white and African American members of sympathetic Protestant churches to try to combat racist violence, discrimination, and exclusion in the late nineteenth century. While many of their campaigns failed, these activists shaped NYC and US history. In addition to writing an academic article, Yeats is also creating free online walking tours of Greenwich Village and downtown Brooklyn, where much of this activism took place. 

Linda Zhang will continue to conduct research for her project entitled “Spaces Beyond Imagination” exploring how virtual reality (VR) can provide Chinatown communities with the platform to virtually envision and reimagine their own communities and neighborhoods as a collaborative process. Through this technology, the project aims to further identify collective systemic barriers caused by COVID-19, redress the impact of spatial exclusion on psychosocial and mental health, and support community-led engagement with city planning in Chinatown. She will be expanding her Toronto Chinatown-based research to New York and hopes to foster cross community dialogue, power, and solidarity through research between Chinatowns in Canada and the United States using VR.

View a list of previous Visiting Scholars. 


Asian/Pacific/American Studies Assistant Professor & Visiting Scholar Working Group

The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Assistant Professor & Visiting Scholar Working Group was founded in Fall 2018 to support NYU junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars working in the field of A/P/A Studies. The group meets at the A/P/A Institute at NYU for co-writing sessions, book chapter and article workshops, and professional development conversations. If you are an NYU faculty member or post-doc interested in joining the group, please email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu.


Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Since 1996, the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program In the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, together with the A/P/A Institute at NYU, has been the home for students, faculty, staff, and alumni who sought to collaboratively explore the complex A/P/A experience — deciphering the present, reclaiming the past, and anticipating the future. Ten years later, in September 2005, the A/P/A Studies Program, together with NYU’s Programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies, and Metropolitan Studies, came together to form a new, interdisciplinary, one-of-a-kind Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (SCA). A/P/A Studies offers a minor and major course of study, and boasts a growing list of accomplished faculty. While the Program and Institute have become separate entities since A/P/A Studies became part of the SCA Department, they still work closely together to collaborate on exciting conferences, events, and new research. Learn more about the A/P/A Studies Program in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Research Guide is an NYU Libraries directory of books, special collections, and online resources related to A/P/A Studies.


Affiliated Faculty


A/P/A BRIDGE Program

Students at a collaborative workshop brainstorming on large pieces of paper
MISSION

A/P/A BRIDGE was created by Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) student leaders through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU to cultivate “Asian/Pacific American” as a political identity, by doing the following:

  • Community Building: Building intentional community by exploring the complexities and diversity of A/P/A as both a political and cultural identity
  • Education & Dialogue: Fostering open dialogue around race, culture, identity, and activism in efforts to educate ourselves and our communities
  • Leadership Development: Developing leadership skills and making connections with NYU and NYC organizations to work towards social change

 

The 2019-20 A/P/A BRIDGE Cohort poses at Bailey Farms, the site of their Fall retreat. They sit and stand on steps, outdoors.
2020-21 MEMBERS
  • Lauren Yingqi Cheung 
  • Kimberly Cheung
  • Johanna Dong
  • JiJi Lee 
  • Victoria Maung
  • Kira Elizabeth Santos
  • Shefali Tamaskar
  • Ahri Wu
2020-21 FACILITATORS
  • Minju Bae
  • Sooah Kwak
APPLY

A/P/A BRIDGE seeks to include a diverse group of student leaders from various backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, spirituality, academic study, and class). Applicants with a range of experiences are encouraged to apply, and we welcome all applicants with an interest in issues affecting A/P/A communities. 

Applications for the 2020-21 cohort of A/P/A BRIDGE have closed. A call for 2022 applicants will be announced in Fall 2021.

Photograph of three students working on a call-a-thon and letter-writing campaign
HISTORY

In January 2011, three NYU A/P/A Studies majors appealed to the A/P/A Institute at NYU for support and guidance to develop an A/P/A leadership program for NYU undergraduate students. Since then, A/P/A BRIDGE was created and continues to support NYU undergraduates in their education around issues of race and racism, culture, identity, and more.


A/P/A Reads

Launched in Fall 2020, A/P/A Reads is a virtual book club for NYU students with an interest in A/P/A literature. Members meet monthly to discuss selected works, and engage in meaningful dialogue together. To join the group, please complete this form.

 


Graduate Scholars in A/P/A Archives

The Graduate Student Employee in Archives at the A/P/A Institute (A/P/A) works on collection building efforts while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Arts degree in the Archives and Public History Program in the History Department at New York University. As part of A/P/A’s ongoing commitment to documenting and preserving A/P/A history, the grad student will help to create and build access to A/P/A collections of the New York area. The student serves as a key resource connecting A/P/A’s network of scholars, researchers, activists, archivists, librarians, artists, curators, and community members with archives.

Gracia Brown, 2021-22
Gracia’s research interests include the East Asian diaspora in the US and Latin America, Critical Mixed Race Studies, and art activism. As a Graduate Scholar in A/P/A Archives, Gracia will organize and digitize A/P/A Institute at NYU’s Basement Workshop Records and assist with the ongoing A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project. She is from San Francisco.

Pooja Desai, 2016-17
As the A/P/A Institute Graduate Archives Scholar, Pooja will continue work on cataloging, preserving, and digitizing the video portion of the Jack G. Shaheen Collection on Arabs in U.S. Film and Television for which she created a master inventory in summer 2016. She will also help to assess collections for potential donation to NYU and facilitate intake for new archival material.

Paul Tran, September-December 2015
Paul co-curated, with the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), an exhibition to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary and to mark the donation of their records to the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Archives.

Alexandra Giffen, 2013-15
As a Graduate Scholar in A/P/A Archives, Alexandra processed the Yun Gee Papers at the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections and began working on developing digital galleries of A/P/A collections at NYU.

Janice Liao, 2011-13
Inspired by her introduction to archival research during her undergraduate years at NYU, Janice pursued her interest in archives as the Graduate Scholar in A/P/A Archives from 2011-13. One of her major achievements during her first year was assisting with A/P/A Institute’s first NEH-funded Summer Institute, “Re-envisioning American Art History: Asian American Art, Research, and Teaching.” In her second year, she processed the Midori Shimanouchi Lederer Papers.

D. Daniel Kim, 2010-12
D. Daniel Kim worked on the Documentary Heritage Project and assisted in bringing the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Asian American Arts Centre archives to the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.  Daniel co-curated the A/P/A traveling exhibit Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 based on the William F. Wu Comic Book Collection housed at The Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU.

Amita Manghnani, 2009-11
As the Graduate Scholar in A/P/A Archives, Amita worked on the Documentary Heritage Archives Survey, identifying existing and potential archival collections relating to the history of A/P/A communities in New York City. She curated A is for Arab a traveling exhibition featuring items from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive, and edited the accompanying publication.

Y.H. Nancy Ng Tam, 2008-10
At the A/P/A Institute, Ng Tam worked on the Documentary Heritage Project, surveyed collections relating to the New York A/P/A community. She has also assisted on a range of projects relating to A/P/A Archives, including processing the George Yuzawa Papers, sorting of the Yoshio Kishi / Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection, and managing the active files of the East Coast Asian American Art Project.

Hillel Arnold, 2008-9
Joining A/P/A Institute as a second year graduate student in the Archives & Public History Program, Hillel Arnold served as a starting member of the Documentary Heritage Project team alongside I-Ting Emily Chu and Y.H. Nancy Ng Tam.  With extensive archives processing and surveying experience from Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives as well as the Woody Guthrie Archives, Arnold was instrumental in helping to jumpstart the DHP.

I-Ting Emily Chu, 2007-9
Emily’s research focus concentrates on Asian/Pacific/American women, activism, and archives. While at A/P/A Institute, Emily co-curated Art, Archives and Activism: Martin Wong’s Downtown Crossings, and was a member of the Documentary Heritage Project team that surveyed Asian American collections in New York.

Dylan Yeats, 2005-7
While at A/P/A Institute, Dylan co-curated The Archivist of the Yellow Peril and curated Persistent Light: Eugenia Sumiye Okoshi and George Mukai. He also worked on the Yoshio Kishi / Irene Yah Ling Sun archive collection and wrote the essay titled “Documenting Exclusion and the Logic of Difference” for the book Yellow Peril: Collecting Xenophobia published by A/P/A Institute, 2008.


A/P/A Alumni Group

The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU were founded together in 1996 after a group of dedicated students, faculty, and staff lobbied the administration for a program and place they could call their own. Indeed, we would not be here todayoffering an A/P/A Studies major and minor, hiring and supporting faculty and staff, providing public events and programming, and building a major research archivehad it not been for these students. We want to hear from youwhether you majored/minored in A/P/A Studies, took a class, attended an event, or want to get involved now. Please feel free to email us at apa.alum@nyu.edu or complete our alumni form.