Remembering 9/11: An Events and Resource Guide

September 9, 2011


There are numerous Asian American projects around the country commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We've compiled a list of selected events, as well as links to online educational resources and special publications, for the anniversary.

Our Executive Director Irene Kao also shares her thoughts on the occasion:

The commemorations of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will inspire a lot of reflection as well as elicit great anxiety and tension.  There is still so much for us to learn and change as we all negotiate a post-9/11 world, but I am still hopeful that an event that was both deeply personal and political and infinitely echoes around the globe will continue to push our community to have more dialogues and be more inclusive.  We must bring light to discrimination, racism and xenophobia, as well as highlight the beautiful complexities of who we are with great insight and courage.  While our community is neither uniform nor on the same page, we must stay committed to a sense of solidarity and empathy in the spirit of fighting the hate, malice and fear that has brought us here to this point.  I dedicate Hyphen to all you, our family and friends, in honor of this time and this intent.

Selected Events:

  • South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) has compiled a list of 9/11 ten-year anniversary events around the country, as well as in parts of Europe, which you can find here.
  • The Asian American / Asian Research Institute's Friday Evening Lecture Series presents a special screening/discussion, Tribute and Remembrance: Asian Americans After 9/11 - A Decade Later, on Friday, September 9, 2011, from 6PM to 8PM, at the CUNY Graduate Center's Martin Segal Theatre, 365 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Admission is free, but registration is required due to limited capacity. More details can be found here.
  • "10 Years After 9/11, A South Asian Reaction": Includes short film screenings and a panel discussion, hosted by Friends of South Asia; 1-4 p.m., Sept. 11, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St; free;
  • From August 30 through September 15, 2011, "Post 9/11: Commemorative Display" will be on view in the Library of Congress’ Asian Division Reading Room, located in Room L J 150 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The display includes includes news coverage from various front pages of Asian periodicals, poetry, and “Portraits of New York Chinatown after 9/11,” photographs drawn from the Lia Chang Photography Collection. More info on the Library of Congress Asian Reading Room is here.

Online educational resources:


  • New America Media's package of 9/11 stories here.
  • A special issue of the journal Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts, produced in partnership with SAALT, here.
  • The Asian American Literary Review's special issue, previously mentioned by Hyphen, here.
  • Amerasia Journal's blog presents an edited collection here.

Robin Lapid

Online Editor
Robin Lapid is the Online Editor for Hyphen.