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A/P/A Studies = Asian / Pacific / American Studies
This guide is based on the essential bibliography A Guide for Establishing Asian American Core Collections by Wei Chi Poon, published in 1989.
"The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University recognizes that as the world becomes connected at higher speeds on a certain level, international cultural connection, translation and a shared re-imagined space come increasingly into play. A/P/A Institute aims to promote discourse on Asian/Pacific America defying traditional boundaries, spanning Asia, to the Americas, through the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds. A/P/A Institute works to dispel socio-cultural and political misconceptions, provide cultural and scholarly connections, lead collections building, and encourage innovative research and interdisciplinary exploration. A/P/A Institute’s goal is to serve as an international nexus of interactive exchange and access for scholars, cultural producers, and communities from New York to beyond."
"The Program in Asian/Pacific/American Studies is part of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. A/P/A Studies explores the histories, experiences and cultural production of peoples of Asian or Pacific origins living in and moving through the Americas. Our classes cross boundaries between literature, history, visual culture, urban studies, legal studies, and gender/sexuality studies, and connect the lives and concerns of local communities to national and global dynamics.
Its faculty members, many of whom also operate as museologists, artists, journalists and community activists, have a broad range of research interests in the realm of APA Studies including contemporary piracy, the fashion industry and avant-garde cinema. Classes, while open to everyone, have traditionally been of particular interest to students majoring in politics, East Asian studies, psychology, food studies, history, literature, sociology. The Program is also a close partner of the A/P/A Institute."