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16 November 2019

Soft and Wet: Publication Launch & Conversation

Presented by EFA: Project Space Program. Co-sponsored by Independent Curators International (ICI) and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Please join us for the closing event and launch of Soft and Wet, a publication reflecting on the exhibition of the same title curated by Sadia Shirazi. The evening will feature readings of excerpts from the Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States (1980) catalog by Kazuko Miyamoto, Howardena Pindell, and Judy Blum Reddy. The…

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22 November 2019

White Gaze: Michelle Dizon & Việt Lê

Presented by the AI Now Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.  AI Now Fridays, presented by the AI Now Institute at NYU, creates space for discussion, exploration, and insight. This edition of AI Now Fridays will feature a presentation by artists Michelle Dizon and Việt Lê, followed by a conversation moderated Jason Schneiderman.   Artist and filmmaker Michelle Dizon works with an archive of National Geographic magazines to explore the mechanics of the “white gaze.” Through…

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04 December 2019

Human Rights and Literature

Presented by the NYU Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Department of English. The Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium hosts a panel discussion to celebrate the release of The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2019), edited by Crystal Parikh (Director, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and Professor, NYU Departments of English and Social & Cultural Analysis). The panel will feature contributors Audrey J. Golden (Simmons…

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05 December 2019

Imperial Entanglements: Permanent Conditions of War in the Pacific

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Native Studies Forum and Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.  In Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in Guam (Duke University Press, 2019) Keith L. Camacho (University of California, Los Angeles) demonstrates how the 1944 and 1948 US Navy tribunals in Guam used and justified imprisonment, torture, murder, and exiling of accused Japanese and Chamorro war criminals in order to institute a new…

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06 December 2019

Activism and Diaspora: American Art Histories 

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Japan Foundation, New York (JFNY) Grant for Japanese Studies program. Alexandra Chang (Rutgers University, Newark) and ShiPu Wang (University of California, Merced) co-convene an intensive academic workshop for scholars and curators to examine art activism through a global comparative lens. On Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, the public is invited to join the conversation. Featured speakers include experts in Asian American, Latinx, Indigenous,…

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13 December 2019

A/P/A Study Hall

Looking for a quiet place to study for upcoming finals? We’re opening up our doors to students on Friday, December 13, Monday, December 16, Tuesday, December 17, and Thursday, December 19 from 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for A/P/A Study Hall. Coffee, hot chocolate, tea, sodas, and snacks will be provided! Email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu to reserve your spot. This venue has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. Restrooms are single-stall, and all gender. If you need any accommodations, please email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu.

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13 December 2019

Writing Kashmir: Literature and Resistance Under Occupation

Presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents an evening of readings by Kashmiri writers, artists, organizers, and academics from the diaspora. Featuring political anthropologist, poet, and short fiction writer Ather Zia (University of Northern Colorado, Greeley), writer and filmmaker Maryam Mir (New York University), and social worker Samia Shafi (Stand with Kashmir). A conversation about India’s military occupation, the impact of the current communication blackout on writers…

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10 February 2020

Facing “Comfort Women”: Representations and Reckonings

UPDATE: This event has reached full capacity, and we are no longer accepting RSVPs. Should additional tickets become available due to cancellations, they will be released automatically via the Eventbrite form above. Please note that we do not maintain waitlists for our programs. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, NYU Department of Performance Studies, NYU Department of East Asian Studies, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, and Asian/Pacific/American…

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11 February 2020

New Directions in Trans of Color Scholarship

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Trans of color scholars, activists, and artists are radically transforming the terrain of gender and sexuality studies today. This roundtable showcases new work in trans of color scholarship, activism, and cultural production. Jian Neo Chen (Ohio State University), madison moore (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Dora Santana (John Jay College, CUNY) speak about their recently published books and works-in-progress that chart exciting…

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14 February 2020

ADVA Launch: Challenging Hegemony within the South Asian Diaspora

Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute. A/P/A Institute at NYU sponsors a reception at the College Art Association Annual Conference to celebrate the release of “Challenging Hegemony within the South Asian Diaspora,” the Fall 2019 issue of the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) journal (Brill Publishing in collaboration with the A/P/A Institute at NYU and Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University). Guest edited by artist and curator Jaishri Abichandani, Santhi…

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27 February 2020

Eraser Mountain & the New Ecological Theatre

Presented by NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Co-sponsored by NYU Performance Studies and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. In this salon we explore Eraser Mountain, the latest work by playwright-director Okada Toshiki, and a representative work of the new ecological theatre. Part installation work and part contemporary performance, Eraser Mountain will figure in a wider discussion about performance, ecology, ecocritical theory and the role of arts and scholarship in addressing environmental crisis. Helping to introduce and contextualize the…

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03 March 2020

Adoption in the Wake of War

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the A/P/A Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis and Office of Residential Life.  Spanning the second half of the twentieth century to the present, Asian American transnational and transracial adoption has been shaped by the changing landscapes of US wars abroad. While emerging from differing social and historical contexts, adoption from Asia converges with transracial adoption within the United States through the shared racialization of Asian…

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04 March 2020

Fashion Labor Activism Across the Global Value Chain

Sponsored by the Pratt Department of Humanities and Media Studies; Pratt Graduate Program in Media Studies; Pratt Global South Center; and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. This panel on fashion labor activism brings into conversation key individuals on the front lines of the fight for safer and more just working conditions for some of the most vulnerable workers in the global fashion industry. Panelists include Marissa Nuncio, Director of the Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles, California; Sara Ziff, founder and…

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06 March 2020

Our Coast to Coast Chinatowns Against Displacement: Chinatowns SpeakOut!

Presented by Coast to Coast Chinatowns Against Displacement. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Chinatown Art Brigade, Red Canary Song, Laundromat Project, and Third Wave Mobilize Power Fund. Coast to Coast Chinatowns Against Displacement (C2C) was formed in 2019 with groups from Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Toronto coming together to fight gentrification and strengthen grassroots power in Chinatowns across North America. This year, C2C will convene in New York to unify, connect, and strategize around…

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24 March 2020

CANCELED: Nation Rising: Talk Story on Mauna Kea and Hawaiian Resurgence

UPDATE: Due to NYU’s new coronavirus-related measures and restrictions, this event has been canceled. Presented by the NYU Native Studies Forum and A/P/A Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. After more than 120 years of US occupation and 200 years since the declaration of the ‘Ai Noa, which led to the near dissolution of a Hawaiian religious system,…

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24 March 2020

POSTPONED: Queer/Feminist Approaches to Climate Justice: From the Caribbean to the Pacific

UPDATE: Due to NYU’s new coronavirus-related measures and restrictions, this event has been postponed to Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. Additional details will be announced in Fall 2020. Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. This panel places in conversation scholars and activists Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua (University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa) and Angelique V. Nixon (University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago) to highlight the interconnections between the…

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26 March 2020

CANCELED: Speaking for the Nation: Ethno-Nationalism, Sectarianism, and the Politics of Diaspora

UPDATE: Due to NYU’s new coronavirus-related measures and restrictions, this event has been canceled. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the Gallatin Human Rights Initiative, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, South Asia at NYU, and Rebecca E. Karl (NYU History Department) through funds provided by the Provost’s Office. Curated by Paula Chakravartty and Crystal Parikh. Often driven by militarism and neo-imperial…

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27 March 2020

POSTPONED: Palestine Writes Literature Festival

UPDATE: This event has been postponed. Please visit the festival website for additional updates.   Co-sponsored by the A/P/A Institute at NYU, NYU Department of Cinema Studies, NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU Department of English, NYU Department of Comparative Literature, NYU Department of Performance Studies, NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU American Studies Program, NYU Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Human Rights Initiative, NYU Students for…

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30 March 2020

POSTPONED: The 20th Annual Korematsu Lecture: “The Judiciary, Diversity, and Justice for All” by Judge Edward M. Chen

UPDATE: This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled in Fall 2020. Presented by NYU Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The annual Korematsu Lecture provides a forum to address Asian American perspectives on the law and to honor Asian Americans who have substantially contributed to the development of the law while challenging the status quo. This year’s presenter is Judge Edward M. Chen, United States District Judge for the Northern District of…

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24 April 2020

CANCELED: Center for Refugee Poetics

UPDATE: In keeping with the coronavirus-related measures being taken at the university, this event has been canceled. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. In collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, NYU Program in Creative Writing, and Mekong NYC. Curated by Ocean Vuong, A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence As part of his residency, Ocean Vuong brings the Center for Refugee Poetics to NYU. Vuong explains that…

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