Documenting the Asian/Pacific/American Community

Documenting the Asian/Pacific/American Community


Tung Pok Chin at work in a Brooklyn laundry, circa 1950, Wing Fong Chin and Tung Pok Chin Photographs Collection

Thursday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 for members and nonmembers
Location: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, 41 East 11th Street, 7th Floor, NYC
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New York’s Asian Americans have long been considered the “forgotten minority.” While politics and demographics have certainly played a role, the lack of an archival repository dedicated to the preservation of the communities’ historical memory has also contributed to this invisibility.

In 2003, NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute and the Tamiment Library (a special collection that documents the struggle for progressive social change) launched an A/P/A collecting initiative that is currently being supported by a subcontract with METRO’s Documentary Heritage Program.

This workshop will discuss the project’s outreach and survey work. The presenters will describe how two recent exhibitions—“Arts, Activism, and Archives” and “The Yellow Peril”—have successfully involved community groups with this project. The presenters will also summarize the challenges and opportunities posed by community-based archival survey projects, discuss survey methodology, and review the role of archives in preserving social memory. The discussion will relate theory to practice so that attendees will be able to understand the relationship between archival work and preserving historical memory.

Presenters: Dr. Jack Tchen (Director of the A/P/A Institute and professor of history at NYU), Michael Nash (Director of the Tamiment Library at NYU), and three graduate students in the NYU Archives and Public History program who are working on the A/P/A survey project.

For more information, contact Dottie Hiebing, Executive Director, at 212-228-2320 x 10 or .

Sam Streed
Author: Sam Streed
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