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04 February 2019

NYU MLK Week 2019: What’s Left of the Dream?

Presented by the NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. For the forteenth consecutive year, NYU will commemorate Dr. King’s visit and his legacy by hosting a week-long schedule of special events. The theme for this year’s NYU Martin Luther King, Jr. Week is, What’s Left of the Dream? See the full calendar of events here.

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07 February 2019

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: Helen Zia, Laurence Coderre, and Pacharee Sudhinaraset

UPDATE: This event has reached full capacity. Should additional tickets become available, they will be released on Eventbrite and an announcement will be made in our newsletter.  Coinciding with the seventieth anniversary of the Chinese Communist Revolution, activist and former A/P/A Institute at NYU Writer-in-Residence Helen Zia launches her new book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution (Ballantine Books, 2019). Through the stories of four young people, Zia chronicles the historic…

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13 February 2019

A/P/A at the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference

The A/P/A Institute at NYU participates in the CAA 2019 Annual Conference with a variety of activities including a screening of Kusama-Infinity featuring director Heather Lenz at the Museum of Modern Art (Feb. 13), a celebration for the Virtual Asian American Art Museum (VAAAM) (Feb. 14), and a panel on “Asian Diasporic Art and the Narrative of Modernism” (Feb. 16) featuring SooJin Lee (Hongik University), Margo Machida (University of Connecticut), Tom Wolf (Bard College), and Midori Yamamura (CUNY Kingsborough Community…

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26 February 2019

Migration as Survival in the Era of Climate Crisis

UPDATES: This event has reached full capacity. Should additional tickets become available, they will be released on Eventbrite and an announcement will be made in our newsletter. Please note the new location. This event will now take place at the NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center located at 53 Washington Square South. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and the Department of Art & Public Policy, NYU Tisch School of the…

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07 March 2019

Offering Refuge, Building Solidarity: Universities as Sanctuaries  

Co-presented by NYU Sanctuary and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, and NYU Dream Team. At a time of growing global anti-democratic repression against migrants, minorities and dissidents, how can the university serve as a Sanctuary? The expansion of the New Sanctuary movement beyond places of worship into universities began in the…

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13 March 2019

Dreaming Our Futures: A Transnational Asian Feminisms Gathering

Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Asian American Feminist Collective, Bangladeshi Feminist Collective, Chinese Feminist Collective, and GABRIELA-NY. Join the Asian American Feminist Collective, Bangladeshi Feminist Collective, Chinese Feminist Collective, and GABRIELA-NY for a gathering at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, where We Imagine Sanctuary, created by Jess X. Snow and Ushka (Thanushka Yakupitiyage) is on view. The mural and sound installation, which was created in collaboration with NYU students, articulates migrant, queer, diasporic, and Indigenous ideas of sanctuary. This gathering will offer an opportunity to…

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14 March 2019

Untying the Knot: Colonial Entanglements, Sexual Regulation, and the Politics of Marriage in Hawaiʻi

Presented by Native Studies Forum. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses on Indigenous studies, critical race studies, settler colonial studies, and anarchist studies. She is the current chair of American Studies and the current director of the Center for the Americas. Her first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008),…

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23 March 2019

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network: A Discussion Among Writers

Co-presented by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. In the Summer of 2018, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network invited writers from the US, Canada, Australia, France, and Indonesia to California to participate in a writing residency, foster the Vietnamese literary community, and stage a series of conversations. This Spring, in New York, those conversations continue in front of a live audience. Featuring Amy Quan Barry, Matty Huynh, Violet Kupersmith,…

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25 March 2019

SKIRBALL TALKS: Linda Sarsour

Presented by NYU Skirball and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by NYU Sanctuary, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, Islamic Center at NYU, NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU Jewish Voice for Peace, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, and Jewish Voice for Peace – New York City. Award-winning, Brooklyn-born Palestinian American Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist Linda Sarsour delivers a lecture on migration, refugees, and the politics of sanctuary. Best known for…

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04 April 2019

Sexuality and Borders

Presented by the NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. How do sexuality and borders intersect? What role does sexuality play in the production, maintenance and disruption of contemporary border regimes? How do borders as features of racial capitalism multiply inequalities via sexuality and, conversely, how is sexuality mediated through racialized border regimes? The two-day symposium “Sexuality and Borders” will address these questions by interrogating the role of sexuality in current border regimes.…

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09 April 2019

Academic Freedom: University Ethics and Practices at Home and Overseas

Presented by the NYU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Co-sponsored by the Gallatin Human Rights Initiative, NYU Sanctuary, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Department of Cinema Studies, NYU Department of English, NYU Department of History, NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, and the NYU Program in American Studies. Academics today work in national contexts of deepening repression and authoritarianism, as well as rising tides of anti-democratic and…

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12 April 2019

Diasporic Sound: Migration, Resilience, and Remix

UPDATE: This panel is sold-out and has reached full capacity. Should additional tickets become available, they will be released on Eventbrite. Advance tickets to No Borders, the after-party and fundraiser, have also sold out, but a limited number of $10 tickets will be available at the door. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. A Carnegie Hall Migrations: The Making of America Festival Program.  6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Panel at the NYU Silver Center, Jurow Hall & Silverstein Lounge 31 Washington…

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17 April 2019

Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia

UPDATE: This event is sold-out and has reached full capacity. We do not maintain waitlists for our programs. Should additional tickets become available due to cancellations, they will be automatically released on Eventbrite. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design; Asian American Feminist Collective; and the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Edited by S. Heijin Lee (NYU Department of…

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21 April 2019

Korean “Comfort” Women For US Troops Speak

Presented by Nodutdol for Korean Community Development. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Asian American Political Activism Coalition at NYU, and Rutgers Global. Since 1953, the United States has stationed soldiers in South Korea. “Camptowns,” constructed near and around US military bases and installations, are heavily regulated areas characterized by forced prostitution and inhumane conditions for the women and sex workers living in the camps. For over six decades, soldiers, with cooperation from South Korean authorities and the US military,…

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22 April 2019

Celebrating Guernica Magazine’s “Climate Fiction: A Special Issue”

Co-sponsored by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Climate Working Group and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and Asian American Writer’s Workshop. “These stories exemplify the genre of ‘climate fiction,’ or ‘cli-fi,’ by exploring what the world might become if climate change continues unabated. Its roots are in science fiction, but here, it’s tinged, beautifully so, with realism and the supernatural. At its best, cli-fi conjures, spell-like, meditative spaces in which we ponder our deepest fears before emerging transfigured.” —Amy…

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24 April 2019

Fighting Anti-Asian Discrimination in Nineteenth Century Greenwich Village: A Guided Tour

UPDATE: All tours are sold-out and have reached full capacity. We do not maintain waitlists for our programs. Should additional tickets become available due to cancellations, they will be automatically released on Eventbrite. Following the passage of the 1882 Exclusion Acts, thousands of Chinese Americans moved to New York City to escape the increase of racist violence sweeping the nation. Once here, they formed new organizations to defend their rights and assert their interests. While most of this took place…

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27 April 2019

New York City Asian American Student Conference 2019: COLLISION

Presented by the New York City Asian American Student Conference. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Coalition for Asian American Children+Families, NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health, and Insomnia Cookies. The 2019 New York City Asian American Student Conference will revisit the roots of the term “Asian American.” How can students today learn from the student activists who coined the term “Asian American” in the 1960s as a statement of solidarity, and a commitment to unite…

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29 April 2019

Migrant & Indigenous Sanctuaries: An Evening of Film & Music

UPDATE: This event is sold-out, and has reached full capacity. We do not maintain waitlists for our programs. Should additional tickets become available due to cancellations, they will be automatically released on Eventbrite. As one of the final events in the installation We Imagine Sanctuary, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents an evening of Indigenous and migrant films and music. Featured artists include Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), Shane McSauby (Gichi Wiikwedong Odawa Anishinaabek), Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Diné), Génesis Mancheren Abaj (Kaqchikel),…

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02 May 2019

A/P/A Institute Scholar Slam

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Each year, the A/P/A Institute at NYU sponsors scholars and artists to further research projects using the libraries and archives at NYU. This semester, we host our fourth Scholar Slam featuring ten-minute (and ten-slide) presentations from current Visiting Scholars. Minju Bae (Temple University) presents on Asian/American rank-and-file activists’ fight for language accessibility in New York’s garment industry at the…

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04 May 2019

Opening: Deities (Part One)

Presented by RISE (Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity). Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Deities (Part One) features thirteen digital prints composed by artist and A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar Andil Gosine (York University). The prints were created during the artist’s participation in Project Prithvi, a monthly clean-up of Jamaica Bay organized by the Queens-based…

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