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Open in Emergency: Conversations on Asian American Mental Health

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

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 ( 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: