The Asian/Pacific/American Institute presents an archives celebration from the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (Oct. 8), a screening of the documentary “Off the Menu” (Oct. 16), by award-winning director Grace Lee, and two book-launch events (Oct. 20 and Oct. 28).

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New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute presents an archives celebration from the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (Oct. 8), a screening of the documentary “Off the Menu” (Oct. 16), by award-winning director Grace Lee, and two book-launch events (Oct. 20 and Oct. 28).

All events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, please call 212.992.9653 or visit www.apa.nyu.edu/events. Subways (with exception of Oct. 28 event): N/R (8th Street), 6 (Astor Place)

Thurs., Oct. 8, 7-9 p.m.
25 Years Out: Celebrating the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) Records (exhibition opening and reception)
Location: NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia Pl and Schwartz Plaza), 10th Floor

Current and former Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) co-chairs offer reflections on the organization’s 25-year history and visions for the future. Leeroy Kun Young Kang contextualizes the significance of GAPIMNY’s Records in regards to queer A/P/A community-based archives and history in New York City. Tim Johnson (Head, Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives), Tim Naftali (Co-director, NYU Center for the United States and the Cold War and Associate Professor, NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service), and Jack Tchen (Founding Director, A/P/A Institute) offer welcome remarks, and an exhibition chronicling the organization’s history, curated by A/P/A Graduate Archives Scholar Paul Tran, Jason Tseng (GAPIMNY), and Dennis Chin (GAPIMNY), will be on display.

Co-presented by the A/P/A Institute at NYU, GAPIMNY, and NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Cosponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, NYU Archives and Public History Program, and NYU LGBTQ Student Center.

Fri., Oct. 16, 7-9 p.m.
“Off the Menu” (screening and reception)
Location: NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street (between University Place and Greene Street)

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee, “Off the Menu: Asian America” takes us on a road trip across the US—from Honolulu, Hawai’i to Oak Creek, Wisconsin to New York City—in an exploration of how family, history, faith, and geography shape our relationships to food and our communities. Lee, producer Eurie Chung, food scholar Krishnendu Ray (NYU Steinhardt’s Dept. of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health), chef Jonathan Wu, and his partner Wilson Tang join us for a post-screening discussion, moderated by film scholar Chi-hui Yang.

Co-sponsored by CAAM (Center for Asian American Media), Museum of Chinese in America, and Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Tues., Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Mapping a Literary Landscape: The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature (book launch)
Location: 8 Washington Mews (below 8th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place)

“The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature” (Cambridge University Press, 2015) provides insight into the myriad historical formations, cultural movements, and literary genres that have shaped the Asian American literary landscape. Co-editors Crystal Parikh (NYU Departments of English and Social & Cultural Analysis) and Daniel Y. Kim (Brown University Department of English) toast the Companion’s publication with contributors and leading scholars Josephine Park (University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program and Department of English) and Joseph Keith (Binghamton University Department of English). Asian American writers including Ed Lin (Ghost Month) read from recent works.

Co-sponsored by the NYU English Department and Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.

Wed., Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m.
The Artist, Invented: Luis Francia and Midori Yamamura (book launch)
Location: Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, Suite 600

Poet and nonfiction writer Luis Francia and Midori Yamamura read from their recently published works.

Moving between Salman Rushdie's first post-fatwa appearance in the United States to Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest in Burma and reaching back to José Rizal’s late-19th century visits to Spain, each essay in Francia's “RE: Recollections, Reviews, Reflections” (University of the Philippines Press, 2015) reflects the writer’s consciousness at a particular moment in time.

In “Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular” (MIT Press, 2015), Midori Yamamura employs Lisa Lowe’s theory of cultural hybridity as she traces the influences on Yayoi Kusama’s anti-conformist practice, considering how life in post-World War II Japan, migration to the US, the 1960s downtown New York art scene, and women’s liberation movement shaped Kusama’s work and career.

Subways: 1 (28th St.)

Co-presented by the A/P/A Institute at NYU, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and Hunter College Asian American Studies Program.
 

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