The Asian/Pacific/American Institute will host events in October focused on the impact of war as related to the historical and contemporary migrations, diasporas, and encounters that have resulted.

Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong, A/P/A's Artist-in-Residence for the 2019-20 academic year, will take part in an Oct. 2 panel discussion. Image courtesy of Pete Bienkowski.

New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute will host events in October focused on the impact of war as related to the historical and contemporary migrations, diasporas, and encounters that have resulted. These include a reading by Artist-in-Residence Ocean Vuong (October 2), a round table discussion on the Korean War (October 10), and a discussion on drag and queer Muslim futures (October 15).

The events are free and open to the public; registration is required at apa.nyu.edu/events or by calling 212.992.9653.

Wed., Oct. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Artist-in-Residence Welcome Event: Ocean Vuong
NYU Kimmel Center for Student Life, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South, 4th floor

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU welcomes award-winning writer and poet Ocean Vuong as its 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence. Vuong will read from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press, 2019), his critically acclaimed debut novel⁠, which reveals the intergenerational impact and ongoing haunting of war, violence, and forced displacement. He is joined in conversation by friends and special guests Mahogany L. Browne (Black Girl Magic), Alexander Chee (How to Write an Autobiographical Novel), Monica Sok (A Nail the Evening Hangs On), and NYU Gallatin Professor Sinan Antoon (The Book of Collateral Damage).
Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, C, E, B, D, F, M (West 4th)

Update: In September, Vuong, who received an MFA from NYU's Creative Writing Program in 2016, was named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. MacArthur fellows are recipients of the foundation’s “genius grants,” who each receive $625,000 over a five-year period to pursue intellectual, social, and artistic endeavors.

Thurs., Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, 1st floor

The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press, 2019), by Monica Kim (NYU Department of History), is a trans-Pacific history of decolonization told through the experiences of two generations of people creating and navigating military interrogation rooms of the Korean War. Following a reading from Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Columbia University) and a presentation from Kim, Crystal Baik (University of California, Riverside), Joan Scott (Institute for Advanced Study), and Naoko Shibusawa (Brown University) offer comments. E. Tammy Kim (The New York Times contributing opinion writer) moderates a discussion.
Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of History, NYU Department of East Asian Studies, and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development.
Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 Astor Place; A, C, E, B, D, F, M (West 4th)

Tues., Oct. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Terrifying Drag: Conversation with Faluda Islam and LaWhore Vagistan
8 Washington Mews, between University Place and 5th Avenue

This conversation brings together two U.S.-based South Asian drag queens, Faluda Islam and LaWhore Vagistan, to discuss a broad array of topics connected to the aesthetics of their practices: pastiche as a mode of re-making the world; death as well as conviviality as strategies in drag; camp theory and a discussion of it more broadly in relation to race and ethnicity; “queer Muslim futures,” the title of one of Faluda Islam’s events; the futurity of drag more generally; national/transnational frames of reference; and online vs. live performances. Curated and moderated by A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar Alpesh Kantilal Patel (Florida International University).
Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.
Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 Astor Place; A, C, E, B, D, F, M (West 4th)

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