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Author Wong, Deborah Anne, author

Title Louder and faster : pain, joy, and the body politic in Asian American taiko / Deborah Wong
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource
Series American Crossroads ; 55
American crossroads ; 55.
Contents Introduction -- Looking, listening, and moving -- Inventories : the material culture of taiko -- Dancing the body politic : obon and bon-odori -- Good gigs, bad gigs : drumming between hope and anger -- Taiko, erotics, and anger -- Pain and the body politic : taiko players talk about blisters and more -- Cruising the Pac Rim : driven to thrill -- Conclusions : core values
Summary "Louder and Faster is a cultural study of the phenomenon of Asian American taiko, the thundering, athletic drumming tradition that originated in Japan. Immersed in the taiko scene for twenty years, Deborah Wong has witnessed cultural and demographic changes and the exponential growth and expansion of taiko particularly in Southern California. Through her participatory ethnographic work, she reveals a complicated story embedded in memories of Japanese American internment and legacies of imperialism, Asian American identity and politics, a desire to be seen and heard, and the intersection of culture and global capitalism. Exploring the materialities of the drums, costumes, and bodies that make sound, analyzing the relationship of these to capitalist multiculturalism, and investigating the gender politics of taiko, Louder and Faster considers both the promises and pitfalls of music and performance as an antiracist practice. The result is a vivid glimpse of an Asian American presence that is both loud and fragile"--Provided by publisher
Analysis asian american presence
asian american taiko
gender politics of taiko
japanese american internment
legacies of imperialism
music and performance as antiracist practice
originated in japan
study of asian american taiko
taiko growth in southern california
thundering athletic drumming tradition
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Taiko (Drum ensemble) -- United States -- History
Asian American musicians.
Japanese American musicians.
Society & social sciences.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
Asian American musicians
Japanese American musicians
Taiko (Drum ensemble)
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019000209
ISBN 9780520973152