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Asian American Feminism x Mental Health and Wellness

  • Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU 8 Washington Mews New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

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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 KhĂșc. 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 nycchapter@napawf.org.