Our Mission


The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University recognizes that as the world becomes connected at higher speeds on a certain level, international cultural connection, translation and a shared re-imagined space come increasingly into play. A/P/A Institute aims to promote discourse on Asian/Pacific America defying traditional boundaries, spanning Asia, to the Americas, through the Atlantic and […]


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Each year, New York University hosts an acclaimed artist to hold residency with its Asian/Pacific/American Institute. Artists-in-Residence are invited to bring their notoriety, artistic work, and history of involvement with the Asian/Pacific American community to NYU. The Artist-in-Residence uses his/her time at A/P/A to create important new work, artistic retrospectives, forums, or conferences. Scholars, fellow […]



The Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute connects New York’s Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) communities with students and scholars, promoting exchanges of knowledges to encourage change. Founded in 1996 in response to student interest, the A/P/A Institute nurtures the production of academic, literary, and artistic work about the largely marginalized experience of A/PAs. The building of collections and archives […]


The Gallery at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute presents two to three exhibitions per year, focusing on the work of both emerging and established artists of Asian/Pacific... Read More

Video Highlights

  • Form Fitting

      On March 26, 2014, the A/P/A Institute at NYU presented a guided tour through some of the most adventurous, formally innovative and unusual films and videos to emerge in the last year. Defying easy classification, these short, non-fictive works play at the intersection of forms–experimental, documentary, animation–to produce inquiries into how ideas can be […]

  • Voices from the Canefields

    Through the poetic lyrics of holehole bushi (Japanese folksongs), Franklin Odo (Founding Director, Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Program) traces the experiences of Japanese immigrant plantation sugar workers caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From despair and defiance to love and lust, the […]

  • Celebrating the NYTWA

    A 17,000-member strong union, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance builds power for one of the most visible, yet vulnerable, immigrant workforces in New York City. Through the A/P/A Institute’s Asian/Pacific American Archives Survey project, the Alliance’s records found a home at the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, where they will […]

  • “Coolie” Diaspora

    Two groundbreaking works on the history of indentured labor and the Asian diaspora in the Caribbean came into conversation with one another on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. In Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press, 2013), Gaiutra Bahadur traces the story of her great-grandmother, who in 1903 journeyed from India to Guyana […]

  • 2013-2014 AIR Welcome

    On Thursday, October 10, 2013, A/P/A Institute at NYU welcomed Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani as its 2013-2014 Artists-in-Residence with a public program featuring the artists in conversation with Gayatri Gopinath. Here, Ganesh and Ghani discuss their collaborative project Index of the Disappeared, which is both a physical archive of post-9/11 disappearances and a mobile platform for public […]


    On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, we screened Lynne Sachs‘s Your Day Is My Night. In the moving hybrid documentary/performance piece, the bed becomes stage as immigrant residents of a shift-bed apartment in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown are both performers and participants, storytellers and actors. Sharing their experiences as migrants and city dwellers, they reveal […]

  • Roger Shimomura

    We marked Roger Shimomura’s 2012-13 residency with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU with this short piece about his work, life, and inspiration.

  • Refashioning Race

    Refashioning Race, Gender, and Economy What possibilities do technologies pose for alternative fashions, embodiments, and representations? How can relationships between consumer and producer shift in the digital realm? On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, Minh-ha T. Pham (Threadbared; Of Another Fashion; Cornell University), Ashley Mears (Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model; Boston University), Mimi […]


    In Who We Be: The Colorization of America (forthcoming Fall 2013), Jeff Chang (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Stanford) carefully analyzes the gaps between what we see and what we think. He asks us to consider, how did multiculturalists, in fact, win the culture wars? And despite the change in our visual culture and the proliferation […]

  • Sovereign Pedagogies

    Sovereign Pedagogies: Two Talks and Spoken Word from Hawai‘i to Palestine Thursday, May 2, 2013 Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua discusses her new book, The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School (University of Minnesota Press, March 2013). Hālau Kū Māna is one of the only Hawaiian culture-based charter schools in urban Honolulu. Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua reveals […]

The A/P/A Institute brings together accomplished scholars, community builders, and artists from New York City and beyond in interactive forums, reflection, and new research.



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