OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance, and Cultural Politics

ISBN : 9780199374021

Price(incl.tax): 
¥5,390
Author: 
Angela K. Ahlgren
Pages
200 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018

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Taiko is a dynamic form of drumming that originated in 1950s Japan and inspired Japanese Americans in the 1960s. Through interviews, historical research, and the author's taiko experience, Drumming Asian America connects taiko with Asian American politics, arguing that taiko players of many identities perform Asian America on and off stage.

Index: 

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: Drumming Asian America, Performing Cultural Politics
2. A New Taiko Folk Dance: San Jose Taiko and Asian American Movements
3. Taiko Scenarios: Performing Asian America in the Land of 10,000 Lakes
4. Practicing Ambivalence: White and Black Women in Asian American Performance
5. Butch Bodies, Big Drums: Queering North American Taiko
6. Conclusion: This Occasion Needs Context
Appendix A: List of Interviews by the Author
Appendix B: List of Life History Interview Transcripts Consulted
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Angela K. Ahlgren is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University, where she teaches Theater History and Performance Studies and advises a collegiate taiko group. She is affiliated with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and American Culture Studies at BGSU.

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