Labor of Love @ Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives, New York [13 February]

Labor of Love

16:30 - 18:30

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives
70 Washington Sq S, Fl 10th, New York, New York 10012
Labor of Love: A Conversation with Tomie Arai, May Ying Chen, and Bhairavi Desai

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center. Co-sponsored by The Fales Library & Special Collections and Labor Arts. Curated by Minju Bae.

This roundtable will bring longtime Asian American women activists and organizers together to approach labor studies in multidisciplinary ways. Tomie Arai (Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队), May Ying Chen (Local 23-25), and Bhairavi Desai (NY Taxi Workers Alliance) will share their experiences as labor organizers and movement builders dedicated to establishing a more just, equitable city for workers, immigrants, women, and people of color.


Moderated by Minju Bae (Agnese N. Haury Dissertaton Fellow, NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War and PhD candidate, Temple University), this discussion will also highlight the Asian/Pacific American labor archives that were donated to NYU Libraries via the Asian/Pacific American Archives Survey Project. All three panelists have donated personal and/or organizational records to NYU Libraries to support continued research and scholarship on labor movements in New York City.

The Asian/Pacific American Archives Survey Project was established in 2008 by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. It was the first systematic attempt to map existing and potential Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) archival collections in the New York metropolitan area. The project seeks to address the underrepresentation of East Coast Asian America in historic scholarship and archives by surveying the collections of community-based organizations and individuals. From 2008 to 2011, the Project surveyed over 90 archival collections and helped transfer some of them into the Fales Library & Special Collections and the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives at New York University. Today, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute remains involved in bringing in A/PA archival collections to New York University’s archival repositories.

Image credit: Illustration by Tomie Arai (1979). Asian Women United Records and Photographs, Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.
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