Past Events

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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03 August 2022

The 45th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)

Presented by Asian CineVision. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. PROGRAM AND TICKETS This year’s Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) festival will be hybrid, with online and in-person screenings and events. AAIFF is proudly known as “The First Home to Asian American Cinema.” Organized by Asian CineVision, it’s the first and longest-running festival dedicated to showcasing the moving image work by media artists of Asian descent for and about the Asian diaspora experience. Every year, AAIFF attracts audiences…

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16 September 2022

A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group Workshop & Welcome Back Social

REGISTER   Join the A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group for its first workshop of the semester on Friday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. The group will discuss plans and goals for the upcoming semester and year. Working group member Linda Luu (PhD Candidate, NYU American Studies) will workshop a conference paper, “Race, Landscape, and Affect in Virtual Vietnam.” The paper will be circulated in advance to those who register for the workshop.   Following the workshop, the working group will…

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23 September 2022

Cane Fire: Screening and Discussion

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Media, Culture, and History. Co-sponsored by NYU Native Studies Forum, NYU Department of Anthropology, and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER This virtual screening of Cane Fire (2020, 90 mins.) will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Anthony Banua-Simon and Kanaka Maoli scholar and filmmaker Ikaika Ramones (NYU Department of Anthropology). Cane Fire explores the economic and cultural forces that cast Native Hawaiian and working-class people as “extras” in their…

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30 September 2022

Gastrodiplomacy: Book Talk with Heather R. Lee

Presented by the New York Center for Global Asia. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. REGISTER Heather Ruth Lee’s Gastrodiplomacy: Chinese Exclusion and the Ascent of Chinese Restaurants in New York, 1870-1949 (forthcoming) shows that a handful of Chinese immigrant men in New York changed the way a white majoritarian society ate. At a moment of intense anti-Chinese racism, the Chinese protagonists channeled their political activism through the Chinese restaurant. They…

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30 September 2022

NYU-Fordham Collaboration: Asian American Cultural Studies in Relational and Comparative Perspectives

Hosted by Stephen Hong Sohn and Crystal Parikh. Co-presented by Fordham University and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER “White Anality in The Help: A Theory of the Karen.” James Kim is an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham University, specializing in Asian American literature and culture. His scholarship has appeared in Camera Obscura, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, MELUS, and Asian American Literature in Transition, 1965-1996, edited by Asha Nadkarni and Cathy Schlund-Vials.…

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06 October 2022

A/P/A Reads Welcome Back Meeting

Hosted by A/P/A Reads. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.   REGISTER (NYU students only)   Launched in Fall 2020, A/P/A Reads is a student-run book club for NYU students with an interest in A/P/A writing and literature. Members meet monthly to discuss selected works, and engage in meaningful dialogue together.   We welcome new and returning members to join us for our first meeting of the fall 2022 semester on Thursday, October 6. Over food and drink, we will…

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07 October 2022

Singapore Unbound: Diasporic Poetics

Presented by the 2022 Singapore Literature Festival. Co-sponsored by the NYU Postcolonial, Race and Diaspora Studies Colloquium and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER In Diasporic Poetics: Asian Writing in the United States, Canada, and Australia, poetry scholar Timothy Yu argues that “racialized and nationally bounded ‘Asian’ identities often emerge from transnational political solidarities, from ‘Third World’ struggles against colonialism to the global influence of the American civil rights movement.” As such, Asian diasporic writers develop and maintain a critical stance…

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13 October 2022

America’s Forever Wars in Asia

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. REGISTER A virtual talk on US empire in Asia with 2022-23 A/P/A Institute at NYU Writer-in-Residence E. Tammy Kim in South Korea, writer Akemi Johnson in California, and journalist Jonathan de Santos in the Philippines. Accessibility note: This event will be hosted virtually on Zoom. A Zoom account, internet access, and a smartphone or computer is required. Closed captioning will be provided for all audio. If you have any access needs, please include…

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21 October 2022

A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group Workshop: Dang Weiyu

REGISTER   The A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group reconvenes on Friday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. Working group member Dang Weiyu (PhD Candidate, NYU American Studies) will workshop a conference paper, “The Inner Asian Business: Inter-Area Studies and the Asian Heartland in US Imperial Fantasies.” The paper (abstract below) will be circulated in advance to those who register for the workshop.   The A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary working group for graduate students interested in and/or working…

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23 October 2022

Memories on Mosco: Arts Fest Block Party

Presented by Think!Chinatown in partnership with Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA).  DETAILS Think!Chinatown hosts its last block party of the year. YiuYiu 瑶瑶 brings her special collection of Chinese records inherited from Chinatown neighbors and families. Muralist Jess X. Snow, musician treya lam, and AR artist Wiena Lin present an interactive meditative poetry and music experience in front of Snow’s…

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09 November 2022

Imperial Aftermaths: Refugees, Reckonings, and Resurgences

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the New York Center for Global Asia. REGISTER This panel considers the lasting impact of twentieth-century US warfare in Asia on transpacific cultural memory and political life. It will bring together the authors of recently published monographs about US military and economic imperialism in Asia and the Pacific during the Cold War and its afterlives. Featuring: Amanda C. Demmer (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), After Saigon’s Fall: Refugees and US-Vietnamese Relations,…

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10 November 2022

A/P/A Reads: Human Acts by Han Kang

REGISTER   For its November meeting, A/P/A Reads will discuss Human Acts (Hogarth, 2017) by Han Kang. Set during the democratization uprising of May 1980, Human Acts is a fictionalized story about the death of a young boy named Dong-ho amidst a violent student uprising in South Korea. This tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets…

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15 November 2022

THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE TEHCHING HSIEH FREE THINKING GROUP: An Archival Exhibition and Conversation Between Lisa Hsiao Chen & Eugene Lim

REGISTER Presented by the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture & The Fales Downtown Collection. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. “To me, he’s a master. I am just a little student of him.” —Marina Abramovich Where to start with Tehching Hsieh? Born in Taiwan, a high school dropout, a nascent artist who created a piece entitled Throw Up in which he kept eating fried rice until he vomited, then a seaman who jumped ship near Philadelphia and blew nearly all his savings…

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18 November 2022

A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group Workshop: Cindy Gao

REGISTER   The A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group reconvenes on Friday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. Working group member Cindy Gao (PhD Candidate, NYU American Studies) will workshop, “From Third Worldism to the Rainbow Coalition: The League of Revolutionary Struggle and the US Left in Transition, 1978-1990.” The paper (abstract below) will be circulated in advance to those who register for the workshop.   The A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary working group for graduate students interested in…

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30 November 2022

Cane Fire: Screening and Q&A with Director Anthony Banua-Simon

Presented by Firehouse: DCTV’s Cinema for Documentary Film. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. TICKETS The Hawaiian island of Kaua’i is seen as a paradise of leisure and pristine natural beauty, but these escapist fantasies obscure the colonial displacement, hyper-exploitation of workers, and destructive environmental extraction that have actually shaped life on the island for the last 250 years. Cane Fire critically examines the island’s history—and the various strategies by which Hollywood has represented it—through four generations of director…

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01 December 2022

Time to Say Goodbye LIVE + Stay True

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. TICKETS (SOLD OUT!) A Time to Say Goodbye IRL podcast jam with co-hosts E. Tammy Kim (Writer-in-Residence, A/P/A Institute at NYU) and Jay Caspian Kang, celebrating the new memoir, Stay True (Penguin Random House, 2022), by special guest Hua Hsu. Time to Say Goodbye is a podcast and a newsletter about left politics, culture, pandemic life, Asia, and Asian America — or “Asian Americans trashing neoliberalism.” Time to Say Goodbye has been featured in…

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