From the Gardens of Our Grief: A Reading

April 13, 2022
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NYU Silver Center, Jurow Hall & Silverstein Lounge

31 Washington Place, 1st Floor
New York, NY

Photograph by Khaty Xiong.

Photograph by Khaty Xiong.

“In grief, we seldom arrive with the language to help us translate the pain of our losses; even when the sorrow is shared by others, the act of grieving can be quite solitary. Particularly in diasporic communities, where war and displacement have shaped many generations, concepts of healing may be hard to define (with the search for forgiveness and acceptance even harder paths to traverse). How, then, do we meet our grief and face it with confidence? In what ways can we nurture ourselves and each other while living under this current political climate?”

As part of her residency with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Khaty Xiong curates a reading of creative and academic work about grief and loss, themes which have been central to the artist’s recent creative practice.

This panel centers the experiences and histories of Asian American communities, and will feature both readings and remarks from Mimi Khúc (writer and scholar), Jennifer Cho (Boston University), David L. Eng (via Zoom, University of Pennsylvania), and Jess X. Snow (NYU Tisch Film graduate student and artist). Xiong, whose immersive poetry installation Grief Garden is currently on view, moderates.

This in-person event is open to the NYU community with a current NYU ID and green pass. Masks must be worn at all times. A recording will be posted online following the event date.

Accessibility note: The NYU Silver Center, Jurow Hall & Silverstein Lounge is on the first floor and is accessible for wheelchair users via the 31 Washington Place entrance. Restrooms (which are gender-segregated) are accessible via elevator. If you have any access needs, please email