Past Events

09 November 2021

New Directions in A/P/A Studies: An NYU Grad Student Showcase

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. REGISTER As we reflect on the moment, twenty-five years ago, when a group of passionate and dedicated students organized and agitated for the establishment of an Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at NYU, we are reminded again of the critical need for A/P/A Studies now and always. To highlight recent developments in the field and new directions in scholarship,…

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12 November 2021

Crisis Ordinariness: Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism in a Transnational Frame

Presented by the Centre for Studies of Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER “A relation of cruel optimism exists when something you desire is actually an obstacle to your flourishing,” writes feminist/queer scholar Lauren Berlant in the opening of their groundbreaking book Cruel Optimism (Duke University Press, 2011). On the tenth anniversary of its publication, and in the wake of…

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26 January 2022

A/P/A Reads: “Palatable Love: Seeking a Happily Ever After in a White Publishing World” by Madhuri Sastry

A/P/A Reads is a virtual book club for NYU students with an interest in Asian/Pacific/American literature. Members meet monthly to discuss selected works and engage in meaningful dialogue together. For the first meeting of Spring 2022, A/P/A Reads will discuss Madhuri Sastry’s article “Palatable Love: Seeking a Happily Ever After in a White Publishing World,” published in the Fall 2020 issue of Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Exploring the concessions some South Asian women writers make when creating…

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16 February 2022

POSTPONED: New Books in Native & Indigenous Studies

UPDATE: We are sorry to share that this program “New Books in Native & Indigenous Studies” has been postponed to a later date. Further updates will be shared here, in our newsletter, and on social (@APAInstitute).   Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Native Studies Forum. REGISTER We’re honored to host in conversation about their new books three brilliant scholars in the fields of Native and Indigenous Studies. Julian Aguon’s (University of Guam) The Properties of Perpetual…

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23 February 2022

A/P/A Reads: Go Back to Where You Came From! by Wajahat Ali

A/P/A Reads is a virtual book club for NYU students with an interest in Asian/Pacific/American literature. Members meet monthly to discuss selected works and engage in meaningful dialogue together. During the February meeting, A/P/A Reads will discuss chapters of Wajahat Ali’s Go Back to Where You Came From!: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American (W.W. Norton & Company, 2022). To join this session (open to NYU students only), please complete this form. The reading materials and Zoom link will…

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11 March 2022

A/P/A Reads: Go Back to Where You Came From! by Wajahat Ali

A/P/A Reads is a virtual book club for NYU students with an interest in Asian/Pacific/American literature. Members meet monthly to discuss selected works and engage in meaningful dialogue together. During the March meetings, A/P/A Reads will continue to discuss chapters of Wajahat Ali’s Go Back to Where You Came From!: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American (W.W. Norton & Company, 2022). To join this session (open to NYU students only), please complete this form. The reading materials and Zoom…

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16 March 2022

8Lives Vigil

Presented by Red Canary Song in collaboration with the Asian American Feminist Collective, NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTRATION AND DETAILS We are nearing the one-year anniversary of the tragic spa shootings that occurred in the Atlanta area in March 2021. Red Canary Song, in collaboration with Asian American Feminist Collective, NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, will be hosting a memorial…

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23 March 2022

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Countering Isolation and Anti-Asian Violence through Community, An A/P/A Student Check-in

Co-organized by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU A/P/A BRIDGE. REGISTER (NYU students only) The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many forms of structural racism, abandonment, and other existing vulnerabilities, while also making it more difficult to gather, touch, and be together—all things we need to survive and thrive.  We hold this A/P/A student check-in as a space for students to collectively process this moment and our grief, particularly in light of recent incidents of violence affecting Asian students on…

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24 March 2022

Screening and Q&A: Isabel Sandoval, Director of Apparition (Aparisyon)

Co-presented by the NYU Graduate Film Center, Asian Film and Media Initiative at the Department of Cinema Studies NYU, International Filipino Association at NYU, Sulo, New York Southeast Asian Network, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER (open to NYU guests only) The renowned director, Isabel Sandoval, presents her film Apparition (Aparisyon). The screening is the final event of a week-long mentorship with Sandoval at the NYU Graduate Film Program. Apparition (Aparisyon) is…

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05 April 2022

Archive Generation: Godzilla Asian American Arts Network

Presented by NYU Special Collections and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER To celebrate the publication of Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network 1990-2001 (Primary Information, 2021), NYU Special Collections and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU welcome editor Howie Chen and founding members Margo Machida and Ken Chu for a virtual conversation on Godzilla’s forebears and origins, and the role of collaborative archival initiatives in preserving the legacies of arts collectives. Also joining the conversation will be James Hoff of Primary Information, and Nicholas…

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13 April 2022

From the Gardens of Our Grief: A Reading

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.  REGISTER (open to the NYU community only) “In grief, we seldom arrive with the language to help us translate the pain of our losses; even when the sorrow is shared by others, the act of grieving can be quite solitary. Particularly in diasporic communities, where war and displacement have shaped many generations, concepts of healing may be hard to define (with the search for forgiveness and acceptance even harder paths to traverse). How,…

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16 April 2022

A/P/A Reads: Pachinko Virtual Screening

A/P/A Reads is a virtual book club for NYU students with an interest in Asian/Pacific/American literature. Members meet monthly to discuss selected works and engage in meaningful dialogue together. This month, A/P/A Reads organizes a virtual screening of Pachinko, the Apple TV adaptation of the 2017 novel by Min Jin Lee. An extraordinary epic following four generations of a Korean family living under Japanese rule, Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing, 2017) was a New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and…

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18 April 2022

2022 Fred T. Korematsu Lecture: Yuh-Line Niou

Presented by the Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association of NYU Law. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER (to attend in person) REGISTER (to attend on Zoom) New York Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou delivers the 2022 Fred T. Korematsu Lecture. Founded in 2000, this lecture series serves as a forum for 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. The lecture will…

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21 April 2022

Our Communities Are Stronger Together: An A/P/A Gathering 

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU A/P/A BRIDGE.   REGISTER   As a follow-up to the student check-in, “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Countering Isolation and Anti-Asian Violence through Community,” we invite you to come together with other members of the A/P/A NYU community for conversation, crafts, and joy. Graduate students Cindy Gao (PhD candidate, NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis)and Linda Luu (PhD candidate, NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis) will present a…

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27 April 2022

A/P/A Graduate Student Happy Hour

REGISTER The A/P/A Institute at NYU welcomes A/P/A graduate students and graduate students working in the field of A/P/A Studies at NYU to a Graduate Student Happy Hour. Come meet other students and mingle over refreshments in the Grief Garden, an immersive poetry installation by Khaty Xiong, the Spring 2022 A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence. Note on public health and accessibility: 8 Washington Mews is open to current NYU staff, students, and faculty. All visitors will be asked to show…

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28 April 2022

Global Indigenous Intimacies

Co-presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and NYU’s Intersectional Feminist/Queer Collective. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER In Intimacies of Four Continents, Lisa Lowe shows how capitalism and modernity emerged from the history of colonial encounters, which coerced intimacies among America’s Indigenous peoples and the Africans and Asians brought to this continent for the extraction of labor by European settlers. The violence of these colonial intimacies must be masked, Lowe argues, so that narratives…

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02 May 2022

Chinatown Heroes: Book Launch and 1982 Strike Retrospective

Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, LaborArts, and the NYU Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. REGISTER This event honors the publication of Wai Wah Chan’s Chinatown Heroes and draws a historical bridge between the 1982 Garment Workers Strike and 1990s Chinatown. Winifred Chin, co-author of Paper Son: One Man’s Story, moderates a discussion with veterans of the strike. May Chen, retired ILGWU leader and translator of the book, leads a discussion about the resonance of the strike in…

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04 May 2022

Mỹ Việt Story Slam

Presented by Vietnamese Boat People. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER Vietnamese Boat People host its annual story slam event showcasing Việt stories on a live virtual platform. Five storytellers will explore the theme, “lost and found,” focusing on Vietnamese diasporic experiences. From the organizers: “Many of us have experienced losses that have changed our lives. We have lost loved ones to war, violence, and arduous migrations or to illnesses, age and more recently to the pandemic. But…

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14 June 2022

Visiting Paradise Camp: Indigenous and Asian Art Agency from Gauguin to Climate Crisis

REGISTER Curator Natalie King leads a virtual tour of artist Yuki Kihara’s Paradise Camp, presented in the New Zealand Pavilion at this year’s 59th Venice Biennale. A conversation with Kihara and Jacqueline Lo (University of Adelaide and the Australian National University) on topics related to the Fa’afafine community, Gauguin, and climate change will follow. This program will stream live from the Arsenale in Venice and is a part of the Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX). GAX 2022 Venice is sponsored…

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14 June 2022

Indigenous Art and Archives: Care and the Global Community

REGISTER Curators, scholars, and researchers Liisa-Ravna Finbog, Biung Ismahasan, Việt Lê, and Annie Jael Kwan discuss their work on the Sámi Pavilion and (People of Remarkable Talents) PORT Perak Pera + Flora + Fauna at the 59th Venice Biennale. The panelists will discuss Trans-Indigenous art practices, global networks, and “invisible” archives that sit outside the value system of the colonial archive. John Tain chairs this panel, which will also explore the themes of community, care, healing, and relationships to the…

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