MOCACITIZEN: Race & Representation: The era of Yellow Peril|2015

Thu, Jul 2, 2015 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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How do we envision an alternative to the deeply embedded tradition of yellow perilism in the Western imagination? In conjunction with the launch of the Yellow Peril Digital Archives, please join us in an exploration of the significance of this online collection of anti-Asian images drawn from pop culture ephemera, and how contemporary artists interact with these images to create new expressions of identity, and shape new conversations about race and society. Moderated by Jack Tchen, Founding Director, A/P/A Institute, NYU and Victoria Loke, Editor of the Yellow Peril Archive editorial, includes presentations by: Dylan Yeats and Ashley Syed, and panelists: Chi-hui Yang, Pato Hebert, and Juliet Shen.


About the Presenters:

Ashley Rahimi Syed is a first-generation US American of Iranian and Pakistani descent. She recently graduated with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and uses visual media to dissect the harmonies and hostilities between her multiple cultural identifications. She is also the co-founder of an online magazine and live exhibition series called Young, Colored & Angry, which exclusively features the fine art and academia of young People of Color. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine’s Bedford + Bowery, Dis Magazine, i-D, Musee and Teen Vogue.


Dylan Yeats is a doctoral candidate in History at New York University. He specializes in American history with a focus on the political demonology and structures of authority. As a public historian and trained archivist, he has curated and consulted on numerous exhibits in New York City, where he also gives tours of Brooklyn as a licensed sightseeing guide. He is coauthor and coeditor of Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear (2014).


About the Panelists:

Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. As a guest curator, Yang has presented film and video series at film festivals and events internationally, including the MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar ("The Age of Migration"), Seattle International Film Festival, Washington D.C. International Film Festival and Barcelona Asian Film Festival. From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the U.S. Yang is also the programmer of "Cinema Asian America," a new On-Demand service offered by Comcast.

Juliet Shen is a fast, fierce, and furious feminist residing in New York City. She is the Co-Founder of the Coalition of API Americans Collaborating Together to Unite the Southwest (CAACTUS), a regional organization aiming to engage and connect students in the Southwest through social media. Juliet developed several online communities while blogging at, formerly organized with New York Students Rising, and now works with 18 Million Rising doing exciting things at the intersection of technology and civil rights. Juliet is a young, powerful, and rising leader in AAPI, new media, and social justice movements.

Patrick "Pato" Hebert is an artist, educator and cultural worker based in Los Angeles and New York. His work explores the aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness. The practice works across a range of media including photography, installation, sculpture, language, light, temporality and graphic design. Progressive praxis, spatial dynamics and the spirit of social topographies are of particular interest.

This program is co-sponsored by A/P/A Institute at NYU.