First Friday: Crushing the Myth — An Asian American Speaker Series

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Featuring Crushing the Myth and Rock the Boat

Friends at Asia Society's Leo Bar (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society.)

Friends at Asia Society's Leo Bar (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society.)

Kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) at a special edition of First Friday featuring Asian American voices and stories, presented by special guests Crushing the Myth and Rock the Boat.

Stop by to hear unique perspectives on the Asian American experience, enjoy specialty drinks with friends, and check out our current exhibitions for free! 

  • CRUSHING THE MYTH: An Asian American Speaker Series
  • FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION
  • EXHIBITION TOURS 
  • DRINK SPECIALS by Great Performances
    (happy hour prices from 6–7 p.m.)
  • ASIAN-INSPIRED BITES
  • ASIASTORE DISCOUNTS 
    with a focus on Asian American designers

Free admission. Cash bar.


Crushing the Myth: An Asian American Speaker Series

Join us for a special lineup of speakers who will share their stories and talk about cultural issues that are important to a young Asian American generation.



Topics and Speakers:

  • Case 84-1410: My Korean Adoptee Experience (Edward Pokropski)
  • Following your dreams is too long term for me (Calvin D. Sun)
  • The Day My Dad Found Out I'm Bi-Polar (Jon Chang)
  • How I Built This: 150K Followers on Tik Tok (Tyger Wen)
  • F. Camaraderie (Lynne Guey & Lucia Liu)
  • Be Unapologetically Authentic (Roni Mazumdar)
  • American Dream... gone? (Vicki Zheng)
  • How I Walked On The UConn Mens Basketball Team (Ace Watanasuparp)
  • What I Would Tell My Young Costume Designer Self (Vera Chow)

Crushing the Myth is a traveling speaker series dedicated to Asian American topics. Speakers from different backgrounds challenge the outdated “Model Minority” label and CRUSH the myth.

Rock the Boat is a narrative podcast that features Asian Americans who are challenging the status quo. They are launching Season 2 in partnership with Crushing The Myth just in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Season 2 will feature Asian American storytellers, entertainers, and those who work in media. You can listen to Season 1 of Rock The Boat here or wherever you get your podcasts.


Exhibitions on view at the museum:

A Complete Map of the World: The Eighteenth-century Convergence of China and Europe
Through May 5, 2019
This small, focused exhibition uses one of the rare prints of Ma Junliang’s map of the world, Jingban tianwen quantu, as a starting point to consider the interaction between China and Europe during the eighteenth century. The exhibition also includes Chinese eighteenth-century artworks that appropriate and reinterpret European images and techniques.

Reza Aramesh: 12 noon, Monday 5 August 1, 1963
Through August 4, 2019
Reza Aramesh examines the power imbalance between captor and captive and the aestheticization of violence in media coverage of wartime atrocities. 

M.F. Husain: Art and the Nation
Through August 4, 2019
An exhibition focused on M.F. Husain's mural-sized painting Lightning, created for then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party public rally in 1975.

Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection
Through August 4, 2019
This exhibition features a selection of the finest artworks from the renowned Asia Society Museum Collection. 


This spring, Asia Society presents Asian in America — a series of public events, performances, conversations, and celebrations of the remarkably diverse experiences of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States.

Event Details

Fri 03 May 2019
6 - 9:30 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue 
New York, NY 10021

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