AAPIP Voices

New York Happenings


With the upcoming annual meeting in New York, here’s a small taste of the larger universe of what’s happening in and around the Big Apple:


Spotlight on Local Community Partners

Since 2005, Adhikaar has been committed to improving the lives of Nepali-speaking communities and getting their voices heard in the social justice movement. They are in the final stages of completing a report for their Nail Salon Campaign, completing almost 200 surveys of Nepali-speaking nail salon and beauty salon workers on health and safety issues at the workplace, as well as focus group discussions. 

Damayan (which means “helping each other” in Tagalog) is a grassroots organization of Filipino immigrant workers with over 8000 dues paying members across the region.  They educate, organize and mobilize low wage Filipino workers to fight for their labor, health, gender and immigration rights; contribute to the building of the domestic workers movement for fair labor standards, dignity and justice; and help build workers’ power and solidarity towards justice and liberation.

Founded in 1973 as the first community based service agency in the Korean community, Korean Community Services is a voluntary, non-profit, to develop and deliver a broad range of community services to meet the various needs of the community within the areas of Aging, Community, Workforce Development and Public Health.

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.  The current museum space was designed by Maya Lin to promote dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs.

Meet some of New York’s talent

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is an award-winning spoken word poet, playwright, and filmmakerShe has been described as a one-person artistic movement (a compliment by playwright David Henry Hwang)!

Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning actor, writer, filmmaker and advocate for inclusion in the arts. Currently appearing in the New York premiere of TOUGH TITTY at the Paradise Factory in NYC which opens on April 23rd!

Raymond J. Lee made his acting debut in NY’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”  Past credits include RTC’s Tony Award Winning Revival of ANYTHING GOES, Smash (NBC), MAMMA MIA! (Broadway), and APPLAUSE (City Center Encores!)

Sampling of New York Asian American Happenings

Wednesday, April 23rd :

The Muslims Are Coming Film screening hosted by the Asian Women Giving Circle

Apex For Youth Annual Gala at Cipriani Wall Street

Thursday, April 24th :

Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink Exhibit Opening at MOCA

Friday, April 25th & Saturday, April 26th:  

Workshop on Infrastructures of Empire: Mediated Activism and (Counter) Revolutions  6:00 PM (and again on April 26 @ 6:30 PM)  co-hosted by NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute.  This includes

Documentary screenings (open to the public):

Wounds of Warziristan: Film Screening and Discussion with Madiha Tahir

Friday, 6-7:30PM at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, 50 Washington Square South (enter at 255 Sullivan Street)

Postcards from Tora Bora: Film screening and Discussion with Wazhmah Osman

Saturday, 5-6:30pm at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place, main floor

Saturday, April 26th:

8th Annual NYC Asian American Students Conference


Pat Eng is the NY Chapter Co-Chair of AAPIP and has worked in numerous philanthropic settings including the Ms. Foundation for Women and Bolder Giving.