The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) was established on November 19, 2001, by The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees, in a resolution introduced by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. The Institute is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans. It covers four areas: Asian American Studies; East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies; and Trade & Technology Studies.
Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Zs New Path to Success (Book Talk)
At first glance, Generation Z (youth born after 1997) seems to be made up of anxious overachievers, hounded by Tiger Moms and constantly tracked on social media. One would think that competitors in the National Spelling Bee the most popular brain sport in America would be the worst off. Counterintuitively, anthropologist Shalini Shankar argues that, far from being simply overstressed and overscheduled, Gen Z spelling bee competitors are learning crucial twenty-first-century skills from their high-powered lives, displaying a sophisticated understanding of self-promotion, self-direction, and social mobility. Drawing on original ethnographic research, including interviews with participants, judges, and parents, Shankar examines the outsize impact of immigrant parents and explains why Gen Z kids are on a path to success.
2020 Census Hard To Count Map and the Asian American Community
The 2020 Census could miss millions of immigrants and others who are historically hard to count, affecting everything from seats in Congress to federal funds for education. Because of this, officials and groups from New York to California are using The City University of New Yorks interactive Census mapping tool to focus their efforts on neighborhoods that will be the hardest to count. Steven Romalewski, Director of the CUNY Mapping Service, will discuss the Census 2020 Hard To Count Map, how it works, and the efforts by CUNY to ensure a fair and accurate count through the New York City Complete Count Fund, Get Out the Count events, and the CUNY Census Corps.
Found in Korea (Documentary)
Abandoned and left in the streets as a newborn baby, KAD (Nam) returns home to find the world she lost as a baby. In search of her birth parents, she attempts to retrace her journey from birth to being adopted by a family in America, but old records and 35 years of economic growth have transformed the Korea of her infancy into a country where information held on paper is a thing of the past, leaving her with no trail to follow.
Blurred Lines: The Pursuit of Superiority in the Vietnamese Diaspora
Focusing on microlevel social interactions in the homeland, this lecture explores the projection and achievement of superiority within the context of Vietnamese diasporic and transnational repertoires. As a country undergoing dramatic economic transformation for more than two decades, Vietnam is a site of contradictory new hierarchies with the increasing return of overseas migrants who encounter a growing new monied class. Prof. Hung Cam Thai examines the formation of these hierarchies in situations where individuals seek to establish themselves as social betters in determining criteria of worthiness.
Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project
Setsuko Winchester, Japanese American ceramic artist, photographer and journalist will discuss her conceptual art work, Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project. The FFF/YBP is an attempt to shine a new light onto an old aspect of Americas history with race and ethnicity, prejudice and bias and how they shaped this countrys ideas of freedom, justice and citizenship.
AAARI 18th Annual Gala (2019)
Join the celebration! AAARIs annual fundraiser is attended by 450+ Asian and non-Asian academic, business, civic and community leaders, faculty, staff and students. At the gala, AAARI will be honoring distinguished CUNY alumni, leaders from the community, and student scholarship recipients. Proceeds from the gala go towards AAARIs academic publications and public programs such as lectures, annual conference, and student film festival.