Asian American / Asian Research Institute
The City University of New York

20 Elizabeth Street,
Manhattan, New York

December 6, 2018
6:30PM to 9:30PM

Dr. K. York & M. Noelle Chynn
CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest

The annual CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest is intended to promote and stimulate thinking by college students at CUNY about the topic of ethics, morality, and virtuous behavior in their lives.

October 12, 2018 / 6PM - 8PM

Set within an all-too-real administrative imaginary of budget cuts, metric-laden assessments, programmatic justifications, and shrinking faculty lines, Ethnic Studies (along with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) occupies a decidedly precarious position within the so-termed “corporate university.” It is against this admittedly dystopic backdrop of planned obsolescence, which reflects and refracts the foci of Flashpoints for Asian American Studies, that this presentation considers possible sites and administrative practices of strategic resistance.

October 19, 2018 / 6PM - 8PM

In recent decades under runaway neoliberalism, “foreignized” and unauthorized immigrants have increasingly made political inroads by way of grassroots community activism and by sidestepping the need for formal political channels and, at times, even dismissing them. By way of nearly four years of ethnographic observation, 49 in-depth interviews, and extensive document analysis, Nadia Y. Kim focuses on one of these growing Asian and Latinx immigrant mobilizations, that for Environmental (Health) Justice (and secondarily, immigration and education reform) in industrial-port Los Angeles.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Play – Intrusion Off Broadway

    Aug 28 at 8:00 PM - Sep 27 at 9:00 PM
  2. APIA Health Forum Book Reception

    Sep 25 at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  3. National Voter Registration Day

    Sep 25 at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  4. Virtual Journeys: Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Digital Era

    Sep 27 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  5. Resilience: Womankind Art Exhibit Opening Reception

    Sep 27 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM