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Guide to the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) Records TAM.675

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 07, 2018
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)
Source - dnr: Chin, Dennis
Source - dnr: Tseng, Jason
Title: Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1994-2014
Abstract: Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) is a volunteer-run community organization that provides social, educational, and cultural programming for gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender people who are Asian and/or Pacific Islander in the greater New York City area. In collaboration with other community organizations, GAPIMNY works to provide peer-support, educational resources, and programming on issues such as race, sexuality, gender, public health, and immigration law. Materials include pamphlets, flyers, leaflets, brochures, stickers, photographs, newsletters, correspondence, meeting memoranda, and some artifacts that were used in parades or demonstrations. The collection also includes magazines, literary journals, and materials produced by related organizations. This collection documents individual activists and community organizations providing support and resources for its membership, and addressing concerns of visibility, representation, and marginalization.
Quantity: 7 Linear Feet in 3 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize flat boxes, and 1 small artifact box
Language: Materials are primarily in English, with some multilingual material in English, Chinese, and Korean.
Call Phrase: TAM.675

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Historical/Biographical Note

Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) is a volunteer-run community organization that provides social, educational, and cultural programming for gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender Asians and/or Pacific Islanders in the greater New York City area. In collaboration with other community organizations, GAPIMNY works to provide peer-support, educational resources, and programming on issues such as race, sexuality, gender, public health, and immigration law. GAPIMNY was founded in 1990 by Don Kao, John Chin, and John Manzon. In the early 1990s, GAPIMNY organized with related groups to achieve greater visibility within the LGBT community and protest stereotypical public representations of Asian men and women. As the organization grew, it started hosting workshops for its community, established an online presence, and organized DynasTea, the organization's featured event from 1997 until 2006. In 2010, the organization debuted a newsmagazine called PersuAsian. In more recent years, GAPIMNY has increasingly partnered with other organizations to lead workshops and sponsor public programs on issues such as visibility, immigration, public health, and marriage equality. Some such collaborations include the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Pacific American Coalition for Equality (APACE), Asian Media Watchdog, and Asian Queer United in Action (AQUA). Recent programs and campaigns include participation in Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade; continued protest over various examples of racial discrimination, homophobia, or transphobia; and DowneTime, a support program to provide a confidential space to discuss identity issues, attend health workshops, and connect with other members of the community.

Source: http://gapimny.org/gapimny-history/

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of material created and collected by the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) during the mid-1990s through the present in the course of their social, educational, and cultural programming for gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender Asians and/or Pacific Islanders in the New York City area. Materials created by GAPIMNY include pamphlets, flyers, leaflets, brochures, stickers, photographs, newsletters, correspondence, meeting memoranda, and some artifacts that were used in parades or demonstrations. Many of these materials were used or intended for distribution, with both general informational documents about the organization and materials specific to particular events or individual advocacy campaigns related to issues such as racism, immigration, or public health. The ephemeral formats present display some of the methods by which the organization sought to reach out to and advocate for its membership. Some of the GAPIMNY initiatives documented in the collection include the multilingual "Love Has No Borders" campaign and the "(In)Visibly American" immigration program. The collection also includes magazines, literary journals, and materials produced by related organizations, the most prominent being the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). This collection documents individual activists and community organizations providing support and resources for its membership, and addressing concerns of visibility, representation, and marginalization.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by title or subject.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Chin, Dennis
  • Tseng, Jason

Subject Topics

  • Pacific Islander American gays.
  • Pacific Islander American sexual minorities.
  • Asian American gays.
  • Emigration and immigration law -- United States.
  • Gay rights -- United States.
  • Gay rights movement.
  • Racism -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by the Gay Asian and Pacific Island Men of New York (GAPIMNY), was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Gay & Asian Pacific Islander Men and New York (GAPIMNY) Records; TAM 675; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Records (TAM.321)

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dennis Chin and Jason Tseng on behalf of the Gay Asian and Pacific Island Men of New York (GAPIMNY) in 2015. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 2015.046 and 2015.052.

Processing Information

Upon receipt, the majority of materials in this collection were loose, unarranged, and in no apparent order. Some like materials had been grouped together (e.g. - selections of leaflets and copies of newsletters), and these groupings were retained as much as possible. The loose material was examined with the intent of keeping materials together if they were created, used, or collected for the same purpose (e.g.- steering committee meeting agendas, "Love Has No Borders" campaign). A partial inventory of the materials was provided by the donors, which was used as the basis for both identification and description of items. Because of the variety of formats and the presence of oversized items, intellectual arrangement does not necessarily reflect physical arrangement.

Appraisal

Two 3.5 inch floppy disks were discarded after imagining process determined there was no data present.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 15th Anniversary Banquet
2005
Box: 4 15th Anniversary Film
2008
Box: 1 Folder : 2 1998 Beyond 2000 Sexual Health Survey
1999
Box: 1 Folder : 3 1999 Winter Ball
1999
Box: 1 Folder : 4 A Magazine
2000
Box: 1 Folder : 5 "American Identity" Program
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 6 amFAR AIDS Research Annual Report
1998-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Asian Pride Project
2014
Box: 1 Folder : 8 The Audra Lorde Project
2000 May 4
Box: 1 Folder : 9 B2K
1998-1999
Box: 9 Banner
circa 1994-2014
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Brix
1998
Box: 1 Folder : 11-12 Brochures and Flyers
circa 1998-2014
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Brooklyn Pride
1998
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Business Cards
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Bylaws
1994 November
Box: 1 Folder : 16 "Coming Out, Coming Home" Campaign
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 "Community Voices: The Next Gender Asian" Program
2013
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Dari Project
2013
Box: 1 Folder : 19 DC Connections
1999
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Details Magazine "Gay or Asian?" Response
2004 April
Box: 1 Folder : 21 DowneTime Postcards
circa 2007-2013
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Dragun
1999
Box: 1 Folder : 23-25 DynasTea Dance and Fundraiser
1999-2006
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Financial Summaries
1998-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 27-29 GAPIMNY News
1999-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 30 GAPIMNY Newsletter
1995-1999
Box: 5 Folder : 1 GAPIMNY Newsletter Page Proofs
1999-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 31 GAPIMNY Retreat
1999
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Gay City News
2000 May 9
Box: 1 Folder : 33 General Information Flyer About GAPIMNY
2014
Box: 1 Folder : 34 General Information Pamphlets About GAPIMNY
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Green Tea Dance Party
2000-2001
Box: 1 Folder : 36 "Hong Kong Ex-Gay" Campaign Leaflets
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 37 "Honoring Our Heroes": Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
2001 May 6
Box: 1 Folder : 38-40 HX
1998-2006
Box: 1 Folder : 41 "(In)Visibly American" Campaign
2009
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Lavendar Godzilla (Gay Asian Pacific Alliance)
2001
Box: 1 Folder : 43-44 Lesbian and Gay New York
2000-2002
Box: 2 Folder : 1 "Love Goes with Any Gender" Campaign
circa 2000-2005
Box: 2 Folder : 2 "Love Has No Borders" Campaign
circa 2000-2005
Box: 6 Lunar New Year and Pride Parade: Banner
circa 1998-2014
Box: 8 Lunar New Year and Pride Parade: Horse Costume
2014
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Media Kits
2000
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Membership and Support Flyers
2013-2014
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Metrosource New York
2000
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Mochi Balls
2001
Box: 7 Mug with GAPIMNY Logo
circa 1998-2014
Box: 2 Folder : 7-10 National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
2009-2014
Box: 4 National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA): National Conference Video Highlights
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 11-13 New York Blade News
2000-2002
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Newspaper Clippings
1996-2002
Box: 2 Folder : 15-16 Next
1998-2006
Box: 2 Folder : 17-23 PersuAsian Newsmagazine
2000-2007
Box: 4 Photograph Albums
circa 1998-2014
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Planning Notes
2013
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Postcards
circa 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 25 POZ
2000 July
Box: 2 Folder : 26-27 "Reflections" 10th Anniversary Banquet
2000
Box: 2 Folder : 28-29 Rice Conference Materials
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Rice Paper (Gay Asian Community Health Empowerment Project [GACHEP])
2000
Box: 2 Folder : 31 "The Rising Voice of Asian America": Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
2000 May
Box: 2 Folder : 32 "Springderella" Banquet
2002
Box: 3 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142063294063]) Steering Committee
1996-2006
Box: 2 Folder : 33 (Mixed Materials [31142063294055])
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Stickers
circa 2000-2014
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Ten (Asian American Writers' Workshop)
1999
Box: 3 Folder : 8-9 Time Out New York
1998, 2000
Box: 3 Folder : 10 "Tongzhi/Comrade: Out in Asia America": Installation at Museum of Chinese in America
2000
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Trivia Leaflet
circa 2012
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Business Cards
circa 1990s-2000s

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