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08 December 2020

Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value

Presented by the New Museum. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Department of Art and Public Policy at NYU Tisch, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago, and Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. This event celebrates the launch of Saturation: Race, Art and the Circulation of Value (MIT Press, 2020). Taking cues from this new anthology and highlighting the artistic practices of the panelists, this…

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19 February 2021

Bodies, Sexualities, and the Law

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Ashoka University Centre for Studies of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Any expression of desire and sexuality, in theory and lived experiences, across time and culture, is haunted by the spectre of the law. The laws, supported by the socio-political enforcement of stringent norms, constantly produce bodies and sexualities that become “deviant” and “undesirable.” The most recent manifestations of such laws include one…

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22 February 2021

Mending in Ongoing Crisis: Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Voices and COVID-19

An A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project Event. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), Nā ‘Ōiwi NYC, NYU Native Studies Forum, NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and Institute for Public Knowledge.  In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing violence, precarity, and insecurity in the US, with disproportionate repercussions for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander (NHPI) peoples. As part of the A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19…

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26 February 2021

Transnational Feminisms & Reimagining Futures in the (Post-)Covid World

Presented by LS NYUWomXn100. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation; NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; SouthAsia | NYU; and New York Center for Global Asia. What gendered lives are valued and which are made expendable? How can we better understand and appreciate our local and global interdependencies? Join feminist scholars and activists for a series of panels reflecting on our current historical moment. Drawing from contexts across…

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10 March 2021

Queer Diasporic Visual Art: Islamicate Contexts

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. This panel explores questions of queerness and diaspora through the lens of visual art. NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality Visiting Scholar Andrew Gayed will be in conversation with acclaimed contemporary artists Alireza Shojaian, Laurence Rasti, and Sarp Karem Yavuz. Alireza Shojaian is a Paris-based, Iranian-born artist who uses…

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15 March 2021

The 20th Annual Fred T. Korematsu Lecture, “Eternal Vigilance and Democracy: Revisiting the Lessons of Korematsu”

Presented by NYU Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and NYU School of Law. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The Fred T. Korematsu Lecture series was founded in 2000 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. Judge Edward M. Chen, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, will deliver the 2021…

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17 March 2021

SKIRBALL TV: Ai-jen Poo

UPDATE: We at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU have been deeply shaken by the intensification of anti-Asian violence and especially the tragic events that unfolded in Georgia last night. In light of this, we have shifted the format of this program. We will begin with a conversation between Ai-jen Poo and Alina Das, and then move to a dialogue with the audience, in order to provide an opportunity for sharing and reflection. We hope to see you this evening.  …

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26 March 2021

Anti-Asian Violence: A Check-in for the Asian American NYU Community

Hosted by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU in collaboration with affiliated faculty.  Join NYU faculty and students working in the field of Asian/Pacific/American Studies to reflect, contextualize, and process the rising anti-Asian racism and violence made most visible by last week’s murders in Georgia. How do we make sense of anti-Asian violence in the context of on one hand rampant mass shootings, and on the other, escalating xenophobia and racism of the last five years? In this community “Check-in” we…

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01 April 2021

Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Humanities, NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, and Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu’s (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis) Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam (Duke University Press, 2021) examines the afterlife of the Vietnam War, and its continued impact…

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09 April 2021

Trans* Bodies & Cultures

Presented by the Centre for Studies of Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University and the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. ‘Trans*’ as a prefix suggests movement and boundary-crossing. Most productively, it has also come to denote the mobility and transitions across genders and sexualities. How can we think about trans-ness trans-nationally and trans-culturally? This panel will focus on multiple ways of thinking about cross-border embodiments and movements through gender…

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13 April 2021

Haunting and Healing: Family, War, and Transgenerational Trauma

Presented by LS NYUWomXn100. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation; NYU Liberal Studies Dean’s Office; NYU Liberal Studies Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; and New York Center for Global Asia. REGISTER   This panel discussion interrogates how creative and academic engagements grapple with transgenerational trauma in families. Inspired by the themes of the play ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME by Daniel K. Isaac, the panelists will engage in a conversation…

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15 April 2021

Book Launch & Roundtable for Hentyle Yapp’s Minor China

Presented by the Department of Art and Public Policy at the NYU Tisch School for the Arts. Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Center for the Humanities, NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU Department of Performance Studies, and NYU Department of Comparative Literature. This virtual book launch marks the release of Hentyle Yapp‘s (NYU Department of Art and Public Policy) new book, Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and the Aesthetic (Duke University Press, 2021). A roundtable will…

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16 April 2021

Mele Kiaʻi Mauna: Where Creativity and Community Commitment Collide

Curated by Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), Nā ʻŌiwi NYC, and NYU Native Studies Forum. The moʻolelo of the desecration of Mauna a Wākea (Maunakea) begins in 1968 when the State of Hawaiʻi via the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) issued a sixty-five-year general lease for 13,321 acres of ceded lands at the summit of Maunakea to the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) to build one observatory.…

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22 April 2021

Radical Kinship: Solidarity & Political Belonging

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and The Latinx Project at NYU. This panel explores contemporary debates on solidarity and coalitional politics that are instrumental to conceptualizing political subjectivity, collectivity and belonging in our current political conjuncture. Engaging with questions of intersectionality, afro-pessimism and Marxism, this session invites speakers Lisa Duggan (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Che Gossett (Rutgers University New Brunswick), Shellyne Rodriguez (artist…

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04 May 2021

On the Frontlines: Filipino/Filipinx Healthcare Workers

Sponsored by Sulo: The Philippine Studies Initiative at NYU; New York Southeast Asia Network; NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service; NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing; NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation; and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Nearly a third of the nurses who have died of coronavirus in the United States are Filipino/Filipinx, according to National Nurses United, even though Filipino/Filipinx nurses make up just 4.5% of the nursing workforce nationwide. About 25% of…

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12 May 2021

Abolition, Not Assimilation: A Retrospective of Christine Choy

Co-presented by Third World Newsreel and Visual Communications, with the collaboration of the Documentary Forum at CCNY. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Guest curated by Peter Kim George. REGISTER Christine Choy (NYU Tisch School of the Arts) has long demonstrated an abiding concern for the voices of the disenfranchised and a keen eye for the difficult intersections of individual and national histories, race, and class. Choy’s Academy-nominated Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987, with Renee Tajima-Peña) brought the murder…

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01 October 2021

BETWEEN YOU & ME… A PORTAL TO THE FUTURE

A Meditation, Conversation, and Workshop on Embodied Safety, Solidarity, and Abolition  Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, W.O.W. Project, and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. REGISTER Join us in welcoming Jess X. Snow, the Fall 2021 Student Artist-in-Residence, to the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Snow organizes a virtual gathering to envision together a future marked by safety, mutual care, and communal protection and free of violence, policing, borders, and binaries. The program will begin with a land acknowledgement by…

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13 October 2021

Proliferating A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project

A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project volunteers Tomie Arai (artist), Minju Bae (Rutgers University), Crystal Mun-hye Baik (University of California, Riverside), Preeti Sharma (California State University, Long Beach), Vivian Truong (Swarthmore College), Diane Wong (Rutgers University), and Mi Hyun Yoon (Rutgers University) participate in a “Campfire Session” entitled “Proliferating A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project” at the 2021 Virtual Meeting of the Oral History Association. Campfire Sessions begin with a speaker (or multiple speakers) at the front of…

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26 October 2021

Asian American Studies Now!: A Conversation with Alums and Faculty on the Founding of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute at NYU Twenty-Five Years Later

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Curated by Eric Tang. REGISTER In the 1990s, decades after the pivotal student strikes that led to the establishment of the first Asian American studies programs in California, college students, many of whom were children of the post-1965 generation, in the midwest and on the east coast began fighting for the establishment of similar programs on their campuses.  Here at…

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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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