Working, studying, and living in New York City and the surrounding area, we at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU have witnessed the many challenges with which Asian/Pacific Americans have struggled over the past several years. In the face of a global pandemic, newly visible violence against A/PAs, and myriad economic and environmental uncertainties, we have been moved to seek collective modes of recovery and repair. As we mourn those who have been lost, we look to traditional and new modes of healing that Asian/Pacific Americans have fostered. Along with our Writer-in-Residence E. Tammy Kim, we turn to the past, striving to recover the knowledge and resources it might offer us for addressing our shared present. Collaborating with scholars, students, artists, writers, and activists who study and give life to A/P/A experiences and history, this year we will explore what might constitute resilience and flourishing for our communities. We are also looking forward to opportunities to once again gather more often in-person, as well as virtually, and I am especially grateful and excited to begin my second term as director.
—Crystal Parikh, Director