A Kavad for Remembering 9/11:
Together We Are New York


The sense of urgency to write often comes from a place of necessity – to discover truth, to challenge the simplification of stories. ~ Hossannah Asuncion

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 brought an outpouring of emotions and remembrances: “Together We Are New York: Asian Americans Remember and Re-Vision 9/11,” ensured that Asian American community voices were presented and shared as a vital part of the fabric of our city memory and our nation’s journey forward.

This project added to the texture of 9/11 remembrances while enabling the public to engage with Asian Americans as Americans as well as the difficult issues of hate crimes, religious tolerance, and civil rights. Furthermore, the poems will be available for future generations to mark how this moment in history has had such diverse legacies – and how we can respond as one community in the strongest diverse, inclusive spirit of New York City and the United States.

To see a short film with excerpts from this project, click here.

Prior Performances & Dialogues: Sept. 13, Sept. 28, and Dec. 18, 2011; March 13 and 24, 2012

Featured poets for the original performances included: Hossannah Asuncion, Tamiko Beyer, Marlon  Esguerra, April Naoko Heck, Eugenia Leigh, Bushra Rehman, Zohra Saed, Purvi  Shah, and R.A. Villanueva.

Our September 2011 launch event was hosted by Fordham University at Lincoln Center and our Brooklyn show in late September took place at the Blue Gem Room at the Paul Robeson Theater. 

We subsequently had another performance in Chinatown at the Chen Dance Center attended by about 35 individuals. Featured poets for this December 2011 show and an excerpted performance on March 13, 2012 at Hunter College included Marlon  Esguerra, April Naoko Heck, Eugenia  Leigh, Zohra Saed, and Purvi  Shah. Finally, April Naoko Heck, Zohra Saed, and Purvi  Shah presented an excerpted segment of the show at the 2012 Split This Rock poetry festival on March 24, 2012. To see a slideshow of our launch performance, click here.

The Brooklyn Together We Are New York performance received a mention in a The New York Times community round-up.

Community member Cristina D.C. Pastor, an interviewee for the Together We Are New York project, provided her response to the project and spoke to its significance.

Kundiman thanks the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University, Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the, Manhattan Borough Needs Program of the Manhattan Borough President's Office, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for your valuable partnerships! Check out the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's information on this Kundiman program here.

For more information on Together We Are New York, please contact project director Purvi Shah at purvi@purvipoets.net