Category: Videos

Siting A/P/A Studies: A Celebration of Scholars

  On November 1, we celebrated three new books by alumni from the NYU Doctoral Program in American Studies with a series of presentations, one-on-one conversations, and a roundtable discussion. The program featured Ronak K. Kapadia (University of Illinois, Chicago) in conversation with Nicole R. Fleetwood (Rutgers University); Manu Karuka in conversation with Elizabeth Ellis (NYU Department …

Terrifying Drag: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto/Faluda Islam + Kareem Khubchandani/ LaWhore Vagistan

This October 15, 2019 conversation brought together two fabulous US-based South Asian drag queens, Faluda Islam and LaWhore Vagistan, to discuss a broad array of topics connected to the aesthetics of their practices. Specifically: pastiche as a mode of re-making the world; death as well as conviviality as strategies in drag; camp theory and a …

The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War

  The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press, 2019), by Monica Kim (NYU Department of History), is a trans-Pacific history of decolonization told through the experiences of two generations of people creating and navigating military interrogation rooms of the Korean War. On Thursday, October 10, 2019, following a reading …

Artist-in-Residence Welcome Event: Ocean Vuong

“What is a country but a borderless sentence, a life?…What is a country but a life sentence?” asks Little Dog, the narrator of Ocean Vuong’s highly anticipated, critically acclaimed debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press, 2019). On Wednesday, October 2, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU was honored to welcome award-winning writer and …

A/P/A Institute Scholar Slam 2019

Each year, the A/P/A Institute at NYU sponsors scholars and artists to further research projects using the libraries and archives at NYU. On May 2, 2019, we hosted our fourth Scholar Slam featuring ten-minute (and ten-slide) presentations from 2018-19 Visiting Scholars Minju Bae, Andil Gosine, Allan Punzalan Isaac, and Margaret Rhee. Learn more.

Migrant & Indigenous Sanctuaries

 On April 29, 2019, we hosted Migrant & Indigenous Sanctuaries: An Evening of Film & Music. Featured artists included Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), Shane McSauby (Gichi Wiikwedong Odawa Anishinaabek), Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Diné), Génesis Mancheren Abaj (Kaqchikel), and Kenia R. Guillen. This event was moderated by migrant artists Jess X. Snow, who curated …

Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia

 Edited by S. Heijin Lee (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Christina H. Moon (Parsons School of Design), and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia (NYU Press, 2019) considers the role of bodily aesthetics in the shaping of Asian modernities and the formation of the so-called “Asian …

Diasporic Sound: Migration, Resilience, and Remix

Activist, DJ, and A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence Ushka (Thanushka Yakupitiyage) curated a conversation on the impact that migrations from South Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean have had on the creation of diasporic, border-traversing sounds. Panelists discussed the role of globalization and digital culture in expanding the reach of diasporic music at the same time that …

Highlight from Fighting Anti-Asian Discrimination in Nineteenth Century Greenwich Village

Following the passage of the 1882 Exclusion Acts, thousands of Chinese Americans moved to New York City to escape the increase of racist violence sweeping the nation. Once here, they formed new organizations to defend their rights and assert their interests. While most of this took place in what would become Chinatown, Greenwich Village was …

Skirball Talks: Linda Sarsour

 On March 25, 2019, award-winning, Brooklyn-born Palestinian American Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist Linda Sarsour delivered a lecture on migration, refugees, and the politics of sanctuary. Best known for her intersectional coalition work and building bridges across racial, ethnic, and faith communities, Sarsour has been at the forefront of major social justice …