The Association for Asian Performance joins other professional and artistic organizations in decrying the Trump Administration’s Executive Order of January 27, 2017. The sudden and ill-considered administrative move to block people with formal, national identities linked to Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the USA not only defies reason, but also assaults the AAP’s own, fundamental interest in cultural encounter and exchange across national borders.
AAP members include scholars and artists around the world, whose work and creative activity both facilitate cross-cultural understanding and depend on the direct, personal interaction of individuals who emerge from different regions and circumstances. AAP members cannot do what they do, cannot contribute as they contribute, under the accomplished fact and the continuing threat of such baseless opposition to transnational movement.
The discrimination that is embedded in recent executive action has harmed scholars, artists, and others, has undone scholarly and artistic projects, has undermined legally-established employment, and has unjustifiably separated families, friends, and colleagues. The executive action’s rationale presumes a threat from people on account of their national identity and/or religious identity. This rationale smacks of prejudice and runs irreconcilably counter to AAP’s values.
Reiterating its non-partisan, non-political, and non-profit character, the Association for Asian Performance opposes executive actions that place a narrow-minded nationalism above human care and concern.