NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Institute will host virtual events in April: a book launch for Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu’s "Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam" and an event showcasing the protect Mauna Kea movement.
New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute will host virtual events in April: a book launch for Professor Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu’s Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam (April 1) and a collaboration with Carnegie Hall featuring a panel discussion and musical performances from the protect Mauna Kea movement—an effort to stop construction of a telescope atop a volcano that is a sacred site for Native Hawaiians (April 16).
The events are free and open to the public; registration is required at A/P/A's events page. Zoom coordinates will be sent to attendees prior to the event.
Thurs., April 1, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu’s Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam (Duke University Press, 2021) examines the afterlife of the Vietnam War and its continued impact on our understanding of race and beauty. Framing skin as the site around which these ideas have been formed, Tu, a professor in NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, foregrounds the histories of U.S. militarism, biomedical investigations, and chemical warfare.
After a presentation from Tu, Anne Cheng (Princeton University), Avery Gordon (University of California Santa Barbara), lê thi diem thúy (Hampshire College), and Chandan Reddy (University of Washington) will participate in a roundtable.
Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Humanities, NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program.
Fri., April 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Mele Kiaʻi Mauna: Where Creativity and Community Commitment Collide
Curated by Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio.
Out of the ongoing struggle led by Native Hawaiian people to protect Mauna a Wākea (Maunakea), a movement was born and cultivated by families and cultural practitioners who have lived in relationship to this sacred ʻāina for generations. To honor their expression and practice of Aloha ʻĀina, the event will highlight some of the creativity that has been inspired by this movement. Some participants have been involved in this fight for over a decade, while others have joined in the last few years. Featuring Pua Case, Hāwane Rios, Kapulei Flores, Kaumakaʻiwa Kanakaʻole, Punahele Kutzen, Ihilani Lasconia, Zachary Lum, Jonathan Kamakawiwoʻole Kay Osorio, and Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio.
Co-sponsored by Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), Nā ʻŌiwi NYC, and NYU Native Studies Forum.
This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope festival.