In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Hertiage Month, Sister Diaspora for Liberation and the Asian American Feminist Collective present an initmate reading and discussion of "My Transgender Ghost Story" with writer Andy Marra.
From Korean mudang, to spirits, and issues of identity and culture, this unique short story takes us through Marra's spiritual experiences and connection to her Korean ancestors. Join us at the Asian American Writers Workshop for a short reading and open facilitated discussion.
This is a safe space for all self-identified womxn of color. Allies are welcome.
Andy Marra (she/her) is executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF). Prior to TLDEF, she spent five years leading external communications at the Arcus Foundation; managed public relations at GLSEN, a national organization focused on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education; was co-director at Nodutdol for Korean Community Development; and served as a senior media strategist at GLAAD. Andy currently serves on two boards including Freedom for All Americans and Just Detention International. She has previously served on the boards and advisory councils of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Andy has been honored by the White House and the City of New York for her contributions to the LGBTQ community, profiled in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40,” and listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People.” She is also a past recipient of the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Award, NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award, and the Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award.
Alex Myung is a NYC-based animator and illustrator whose most recent short film,“Arrival,” has showed at over 30 international film festivals worldwide and been viewed over 2.5 million times on Youtube. The 22-minute short tells the tale of a young man in the city struggling to come out to his mother back home.
Julie Ae Kim (she/her) is a Queens raised community organizer and writer. She works in local politics and focuses on issues of gender, immigration, and Asian America. She served as one of the lead organizers in the initial Asian American Feminism event series.
Patrick Lee is a queer Korean American filmmaker and journalist. He’s currently working on films about Asian American coming out stories, LGBTQ self-representation, and queer Asian history. He also works with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and helps produce a monthly pan-Asian drag show in New York. Patrick’s favorite snack is peanut butter.
In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Hertiage Month, Sister Diaspora for Liberation and the Asian American Feminist Collective present an initmate reading and discussion of "My Transgender Ghost Story" with writer Andy Marra.
Celebrate APAHM with an arts showcase and fundraiser for the Asian American Feminist Collective! We’ve put together the Asian American and Pacific Islander artist lineup that showcases our brilliant and diverse community’s creative explorations across medium and genre in relation to identity, memory, gender, personal history, and more. Come out to support us and be inspired by these amazing women, queer, and TGNC artists whose music, poetry, and performances bring us to new understandings of ourselves and the richness of our communities.
Comedian Jes Tom
Writer Thahitun Mariam
Poet Kay Ulanday Barrett
Writer Ashna Ali
Music by Joanie Leon Guerrero
*and a special drag performance*
from Wo Chan AKA The Illustrious Pearl
This will be a night to remember! Come out and laugh, hang, explore, & build with us. Your ticket sales directly support AAFC in sustaining and growing our community building, political education, and media-making work. Tickets are $25 pre-order/$30 at door. Buy tickets here.
Edited by S. Heijin Lee (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Christina H. Moon (Parsons School of Design), and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia (NYU Press, 2019) considers the role of bodily aesthetics in the shaping of Asian modernities and the formation of the so-called “Asian Century.” Transnational and interdisciplinary in approach, the volume brings together the fields of ethnic, gender, area, fashion, and cultural studies, and maps the way that fashion and beauty practices travel through imaginations, aspirations, and geographies (from Guangzhou to Los Angeles, Saigon to Seoul, New York to Toronto).
The editors participate in a roundtable discussion with contributors Jessamyn Hatcher (NYU Liberal Studies), Minh-Ha T. Pham (Pratt Institute), and Denise Cruz (Columbia University).
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 NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.
Notes on accessibility: This venue is accessible via elevator. Restrooms are single-stalled, and all gender.
As part of the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s ongoing programs engaging art and social justice, the New Museum hosts its third Youth Summit, a day of workshops and celebration organized by artists, activists, and collectives committed to community building, including Asian American Feminist Collective, Scope of Work (SOW), Unapologetically Brown Series, and the New Museum Youth Council. Each summit builds upon and reinterprets the principles of healing, self-love, skill building, political education, and empowerment established by the inaugural committee.
This year’s program emphasizes alternative forms of resistance that persist in spite of their commercialized, mainstream incarnations. The committee envisions an event that prioritizes those with intersecting marginalized identities, ensuring their concerns and their power remain central to the program. The Summit defines youth broadly, focusing on how young people change the social and political landscape by creating possibilities for self and community within it. Multiple generations are welcome to participate and share knowledge.
Presenters include A1BAZAAR, Emilia Ortiz, the Free Black Women’s Library, Kei Williams, Movement Netlab, Veggie Mijas, Fariha Róisín, Women of Color in Solidarity, #FreeToo Yoga, and more. This year’s Summit concludes with an after-party featuring rising Baltimore hip-hop artist Lor Choc in the New Museum Theater and Brooklyn-based collective DisCakes in the Sky Room.
Capacity for this event is limited. Tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Please leave all backpacks and large bags at home! If you need to bring one along, it must be checked on arrival.
Youth Summit co-organizers include:
The Asian American Feminist Collective engages intersectional feminist politics grounded within communities of those with East, Southeast, and South Asian; Pacific Islander; and multiethnic and diasporic Asian identities. The collective seeks to foster dialogue that explores the intersections of Asian/American identity with issues of social justice in order to build toward collective liberation. They continue to interrogate and define the Asian-American feminist movement through media, event curation, and digital storytelling.
Scope of Work (SOW) is a talent development agency for underrepresented young people aged seventeen to twenty-four. SOW aims to establish equity in the creative industry, bridging the gap between the creative sector and an untapped pool of creatives of color. Founded in 2016 by Geneva White and Eda Levenson, two career artists and educators of color with over a decade of experience in youth development and arts education. SOW’s vision is to build a more inclusive creative ecosystem.
The Unapologetically Brown Series is a multimedia street-based visual series highlighting communities of color, created by Salvadoran-born artist Johanna Toruño. The Unapologetically Brown Series focuses on the importance of storytelling through accessible public art and of acknowledging queer folks in the arts.
For more information: http://bit.ly/ScammingPatriarchy
We dream of an anti-imperialist and anti-patriarchal future without borders, wars, military occupation, and forced migration.
Join us for an evening at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU as we gather and convene in the mural and sound installation We Imagine Sanctuary, created by Jess X. Snow and Ushka (Thanushka Yakupitiyage) in collaboration with NYU students. Meet other organizers, leaders, artists, and activists from different NYC-based collectives and hear from collectives doing transnational movement work. Collectives will share their political visions and goals for the coming year and also discuss context-specific challenges and lessons from movement building.
Hosted by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Asian American Feminist Collective, Bangladeshi Feminist Collective, Chinese Feminist Collective, and GABRIELA-NY.
Let's talk about sex and sexuality! How do we explore fantasy and desire? What are our relationships with our own bodies like? What was our personal sex education experience, and what do we wish it was? We aim to create an open, radical, empathetic space to discuss the intimate topics of sex and sexuality from our personal perspectives and lived experiences. We come into this conversation with open-mindedness and tenderness for those around us, with a deep understanding that everybody’s journey is unique. This will be a sex-positive, slut-shaming-free space.
Due to space limitations, we only have a handful of spots open to community members who are interested in attending.
Note: This event is for those who self-identify as East, Southeast, and South Asian, Pacific Islander, multi-ethnic and diasporic Asian women, femmes, and TGNC folks.
Illustration by @artwhoring
The Asian American Feminist Collective presents a community screening of the documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. The film chronicles Matangi, the daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka's armed Tamil resistance, and her journey from refugee to international pop star M.I.A. We follow along different stages of her art, music, and activism, from going ‘back home’ and untangling her desires to reconnect with her roots to becoming a representative voice in the Western cultural landscape of genocide in Sri Lanka.
Following the screening, AAFC will host a facilitated talk-back to dissect and contextualize M.I.A.'s story. We’ll be discussing M.I.A. as an important figure of South Asian representation in the West and what it means to acknowledge and condemn her anti-Black comments regarding Black Lives Matter while holding space for her refugee status and fraught personal history. What do we make of M.I.A. as a complex and controversial cultural figure? What does she mean to us as Asian Americans and as activists? What can we learn from her story, and what does her journey illuminate about larger tensions between Asian and Black communities?
Ticket price includes screening + wine (for 21+ only).
The Militant Manatee will be serving Taiwanese comfort food at low cost, sliding scale prices!
This event is open to all ages.
Unfortunately the screening space (the downstairs at New Women Space) is not wheelchair accessible. Read more about NWS’ accessibility here: https://bit.ly/2Ey14sv
Do you have specially accommodation needs? Please reach out to us at email@example.com with ‘ACCESSIBILITY’ in the subject line.
Come celebrate the official launch of the Asian American Feminist Collective at Ode to Babel in Brooklyn! We’ll be releasing a zine version of our manifesto and resources, and first call for submissions for our storytelling project. RSVP here.
$5-15 suggested donation (sliding scale)**
**No QTPOC/POC will be denied entry for lack of funds
(Credit for artwork: Courtesy of the Gidra Collection, Densho)
The Asian American Feminist Collective presents a roundtable on gender-based violence featuring guest Winnie Li. The roundtable will be on Tuesday, June 19 from 6:30 - 8 pm at 239 Greene Street, Room 205.
Bringing together ongoing discussions from #MeToo with Asian American feminism, topics in this roundtable include the racialized dimensions of gender-based violence and also discussing how media-making and storytelling serve as interventions to cultures of violence and also supports healing from trauma.
Winnie M Li is a PhD researcher at the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics working on a project about the impact of social media on the public discourse about rape and sexual assault. She is the author of the novel Dark Chapter and also the artistic director and co-founder of the Clear Lines Festival.
This session is intended for people of color, highlighting those who self-identify as Asian, South Asian, West Asian, and/or Pacific Islander, and/or a member of those diasporas.
How do gender and/or sexuality intersect with and inform our (feminist) activism?
“Queering Asian American Feminism” brings together thought leaders and artists to gather and share thoughts on the current state of our Asian American/feminist movements, contextualized through the LGBTQ+ lens.
Performances and panel discussion with —
AC Dumlao (Call Me They)
Parissah Lin (YELLOW JACKETS)
Moderated by Julie Ae Kim
*Please RVSP through Eventbrite link to secure your spot - seating at the venue will be limited
**Tickets are donation-based, $5-15 suggested donation based on your ability to give. All donations will go toward sustaining the Asian American Feminism event series. For those who are unable to donate the minimum of $1, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
***We will be live-streaming the event for those who'd like to tune in (and donate)
Join NAPAWF*New York City and the Museum of Chinese in America(MOCA) for the fifth and final installment of our series, Asian American Feminism x Politics, to hear from Asian American elected officials on their experiences serving the community, practicing Asian American feminism, and navigating local, state, and national politics. The final installment brings together previous conversations on movement building in the Trump Era to think through material justice in the arena of legislative politics.
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Councilmember Margaret S. Chin, Councilmember Jannie Chung of Closter, NJ, and Program Associate of The New American Leaders Project Marian Guerra will discuss the work of their respective offices and how Asian American feminism shapes and informs their issue areas such as immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, domestic violence, surveillance and police violence, and workers’ rights. Speakers will also discuss their experiences campaigning, legislating, and doing community-based work.
NAPAWF*NYC, the New York City chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, is a community of Asian American/Pacific Islander women dedicated to advocating for the advancement and wellness of AAPI women in New York City through the provision of multi-issue resources and a robust support network. Twitter: @napawfnyc #AAFeminism
Decolonization as a Form of Mental Health Practice (Healing Ancestral Wounds of the Mind, Passed Down from Generation to Generation): a Workshop with Jana Lynne Umipig
This workshop exposes participants to methods of self-care and emphasizes ways in which we can connect with the pre-colonial past as well as anti-colonial, anti-racist, transinclusive, feminist politics in our contemporary times. We will also uphold and create messages of revolutionary and resilient affirmation to begin processes of spiritual, expressive, and intellectual liberation.
The workshop will involve physical movement and time for reflective contemplation so please bring comfortable clothing and something to write with for the workshop.
This is an echo event of the Asian American Feminism x Mental Health and Wellness installation. This event is open to the general public.
In our current political moment, the resistance must grow in its resilience. NAPAWF*NYC invites you to take a moment to begin thinking about how systems of oppression manifest in our bodies as well as practices we can use to disrupt patterns of trauma and grief. We will be sharing opportunities for reflection, connection and simple healing practices you can take with you.
Conveners for this community workshop will be AnneMarie Ladlad and Connie Cho, who will be sharing lessons primarily drawn from the work of Kate Werning and Shawna Wakefield, who teach trauma-informed yoga at the Third Root Community Center and other resilience focused workshops. This space is an echo event of the Asian American Feminism x Mental Health and Wellness installation.
Come as you are, no prior experiences necessary.
Please note: this is -not- a clinical workshop or a group therapy session.
What does (un)wellness look like in the context of Asian America? In the context of student life? How are our experiences of health and sense of self shaped by racism, sexism, immigration experiences, war, and intergenerational trauma? How can you care for yourself in these times? How can you support your peers?
Join us in creating a space for students to share narratives and unpack notions of mental health, mental capacity, and (un)wellness that are embedded in the academy, our families, and the world around us. We will use the The Asian American Literary Review's Open in Emergency Special Issue (http://bit.ly/2iMlpy8) to reclaim non-Western forms of meaning-making and work to understand the relationship between traumatic stress responses and interpersonal, institutional and structural violence.
This is an echo event of the Asian American Feminism x Mental Health and Wellness installation co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NAPAWF*New York City. While it is open to the general public, this event is primarily intended for current or recent students.
This community workshop is co-created and co-led by students from the NYU Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) and the undergraduate chapter of APAMSA of New York University, Jenn Fang from the Asian American Feminist blog Reappropriate, NAPAWF*New York City chapter members, and Kevin Nadal, the President of the Asian American Psychological Association.
--Guest Facilitator Bio--
Dr. Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal is an award-winning scholar/activist who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in New York City. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center (GC) at the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as an Associate Professor of psychology at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and GC-CUNY. He is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions, or subtle forms of discrimination, on the mental and physical health of people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people; and other marginalized groups. He is the author of five books and the current President of the Asian American Psychological Association. For more information see: http://kevinnadal.com/.
Join NAPAWF*NYC Community and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU for a participatory gallery installation exploring mental health and wellness from an Asian American feminist perspective. We will be displaying and interacting with materials from The Asian American Literary Review's amazing Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health (http://bit.ly/2oloSDR), which brings together a dynamic mix of writing, visual art and interactive mini-projects into a "mental health toolkit."
The task of decolonizing mental health, recalibrating our understanding of wellness for ourselves, and breaking down barriers to addressing intergenerational trauma as people of color has only become more of a political imperative as we resist and reenvision the racialized and gendered political structures that have perpetuated our deeply inadequate systems of care.
Come to bear witness to each other and create a space for collective healing through creative interactive installations featuring and inspired by decks of Asian American tarot cards, a "hacked DSM," an brochure on post-partum depression annotated with the narratives of Asian-American womxn, a testimonial tapestry, and intergenerational letters (daughters to mothers).
Please plan to stay for the entirety of the event, including the opening and closing ceremonies led by multimedia artist Bex Kwan (http://www.bexkwan.com/) and a welcome from the editor of the Special Issue, Mimi Khúc. We will also have a healing space with tea and noms where you can quietly reflect or meet other attendees. If you have access needs and/or need support in attending this event, please email email@example.com.
What does intersectional feminist organizing in our communities look like in practice? As Asian American feminists, how do we help build a truly inclusive movement?
Join us for the third installment of our Asian American Feminism series, where you will hear from several leading Asian American feminist organizers who are currently engaged in long term struggles for social justice in areas such as immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, domestic violence, surveillance and police violence, and workers’ rights. Speakers will share their perspectives on what lies ahead for movement building work and offer insights on how individuals can contribute to existing campaigns in New York.
Tuesday, April 11th from 7-9pm
Location: NYU Silver Center, 31 Washington Place, Room 408
Co-presented with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
Co-sponsored by NYU A/P/A BRIDGE
Cathy Dang, Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities
Shalini Somayaji, Sakhi for South Asian Women
Clara Yoon, API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC
Vijou Bryant, Apicha Community Health Center / GABRIELA USA /Gabriela NY
Chhaya Chhoum, Mekong NYC
Vivian Truong, A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar
Q&A with audience to follow the panel discussion. We encourage you to share your burning questions and thoughts with us on social media!
**Please bring an ID for entrance as there will be security*
In the next installment of our Asian American Feminism series, NAPAWF*NYC will be hosting a workshop on Asian American history through a feminist lens. The Chinese Exclusion Act, World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, and the Southeast Asian refugee crisis have been raised in national conversations on the persecution of South Asian, Arab, Sikh and Muslim communities. In these times, understanding Asian American history and our place in it has become more critical than ever.
Join us as we commemorate Womxn’s History Month by exploring the marginalized histories of our communities and families and challenging the ways in which history has been traditionally told, with the goal of identifying how we can shape those narratives into our own.
The workshop will include a brief presentation, interactive timeline, and discussion on our personal connections to Asian American history. Note that no prior knowledge in Asian American history or studies is required to participate in this workshop.
Special thanks to the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for opening its space to us for this timely conversation.
***RSVP as space is limited***
What is Asian American Feminism?
What is Intersectional Feminism?
After the Women's March, NAPAWF*NYC is excited to kick off a series of events exploring Asian American Feminism especially with the ongoing attacks on women's and gender rights under Donald Trump. This event will serve as a post march debrief, an intersectional feminism 101, and a discussion on what is Asian American feminism.
FREE To attend (Picture ID Needed to enter the building)