Ana Paulina Lee is Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. She held an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Tulane University and was a 2013-14 Fulbright scholar. Her book manuscript examines China-Brazil historical cultural relations and the conditions of modern Brazilian citizenship.
Beatrice Glow is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. Her practice is comprised of sculptural installations, trilingual publishing, and participatory/ lecture performances. Her research mines the relationship between Asia and the Americas, investigating trans-Pacific economic and cultural circulations, as well as persistent, romanticized notions of the exotic “other.” She holds a BFA in studio art from NYU and is a Visiting Scholar in NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute. Her work has been featured in recent exhibitions at Wave Hill (New York); the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Zebrastraat Gallery (Belgium), among others. In 2008–2009, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a research-creation project in Peru on Asian Latin America.
Alexandra Chang is the Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, where she is the Project Director of the Virtual Asian American Museum and Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA).She is Co-Curator and Senior Researcher for exhibition research on Chinese Caribbean art titled “Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art” with the Chinese American Museum of LA, California African American Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Alice Yard, and A/P/A Institute at NYU supported by the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA initiative. She is the author of Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Art Collectives from Godzilla, Godzookie, to the Barnstormers (2008 Timezone 8).
Anna Kazumi Stahl is a fiction writer and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores Asian-Latin American cultural expressions and comparative analysis with Asian-North American perspectives. She is author of Catastrofes naturales and Flores de un solo día. She teaches Creative Writing at NYUBA.
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Much of the history of Asians in the Americas involves a constant confrontation with enclosures and forced divisions that have also resulted in the erasure of blackness and the dispossession of indigenous lands. Social worlds have been closed off and made impossible through interconnected political and economic processes of exclusion and expulsion. This work group asks how performance, visual culture, and various modes of memory-making have served to produce alternative forms of organizing and convening that resist or lie outside of the purview of dominant cultures that continue to determine racial and class-based hierarchies in contemporary and hemispheric American contexts. We will explore ways in which embodied practice not only resists but actually produces and sustains knowledge production about the foreclosed past, and how new practices of meaning making de-essentialize persistent colonial residues of racial, gendered, and ethnic divisions.