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A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group Workshop: Michelle M. Lee & Hieu Huynh

Hosted by the A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Join the A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group for a discussion of works in progress by graduate students Hieu Huynh (NYU Steinhardt) and Michelle M. Lee (NYU GSAS). Huynh will present her upcoming play Workshop, which questions the notionsof creative spaces, prompting audiences to contemplate how one’s cultural identity can be challenged in so-called “safe spaces.” Lee will present her in-progress research paper, “Are Conservative Minority Group Advocates at a Persuasive Advantage? Stereotypes and Perceptions of Conservative Asian (vs. Black & White) American Activists,” which examines the understudied stereotypes and perceptions of racially diverse conservative activists.

Lunch will be served.

The A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary working group for graduate students interested in and/or working on Asian/Pacific/American Studies broadly defined.

Accessibility note: This venue has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. There are single-stall, all gender restrooms available. If you have any access needs, please email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu.


Synopsis of Workshop by Hieu Huynh:
Workshop is an original play written by Hieu Huynh which asks, “What makes a safe space?” After being selected for a prestigious writing workshop, gifted Vietnamese American writer Lisa Nguyễn comes face-to-face with a mysterious colleague whose deception causes her to question herself. This betrayal is the catalyst for the narrative’s exploration of themes such as trust, deception, and the fragile boundaries that define our understanding of ourselves and others.  For Lisa, it leads to a reevaluation of her past and her connection to her Vietnamese roots, thrusting her into a journey of self-discovery and cultural reexamination.

Workshop prompts the audience to contemplate the intricate interplay between identity and heritage, highlighting the unsettling truth that even the most sanctified spaces can unravel the stories we hold dear. The play is set to be produced by the Broke People Festival at NYU in December 2023.

Abstract for “Are Conservative Minority Group Advocates at a Persuasive Advantage? Stereotypes and Perceptions of Conservative Asian (vs. Black & White) American Activists” by Michelle M. Lee:

Coalitions advocating for conservative causes in the U.S. and their prominent advocates have grown more diverse and increasingly popular. Despite extant social psychological research on stereotypes of progressive advantaged vs. disadvantaged group advocates (e.g., White vs. Black racial justice activists; Burrows, Selvanathan, & Lickel, 2021), little to no social psychological research has examined stereotypes and perceptions of racially diverse conservative activists and how their racial identities may drive their persuasiveness. This paper addresses this underexplored topic by presenting three recently conducted studies employing experimental methods to compare people’s stereotypes and perceptions of conservative Asian, Black, and White American activists. This research draws from theories of social persuasion positing that individuals can be persuasive based on their perceived expertise (knowledge, direct personal experience) and perceived vested interest (benefitting personally from persuading an audience; Wallace, Craig, & Wegener, 2024; Wallace, Wegener, & Petty, 2020). This work is also grounded on past research finding that mixed stereotypes of progressive activists vary by their advantaged vs. disadvantaged status (Burrows et al., 2021) as well as recent work finding that racial groups are stereotyped to support policies based on perceived economic (high vs. low) and cultural status (American vs. foreign; Craig, Zou, Bai, & Lee, 2021). Integrating these literatures together, this presentation will present mixed results of participants’ perceptions of Asian, Black, or White American activists broadly advocating for conservative issues (Study 1) as well as advocating for conservative positions on economic (opposing welfare, Study 2a) and cultural issues (opposing pro-immigration policies, Study 2b).



Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: 20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor, Room 372
20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
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