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Speak it louder : Asian Americans making music
Wong, Deborah Anne.
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New York : Routledge, [2004]

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xii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.).
Southeast Asian immigrants sounding off. Asian American performativities ; History, memory, re-membering ; Taking (to) the street : Cambodian immigrants in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade ; Karaoke as phantasm : mass mediation and agency in Vietnamese American popular music ; Vietnamese American technoculture in Orange County : Pham Duy at home -- Encounters. Taking (to) the streets again : theorizing the Asian American Festival ; Listening to local practices : Asian American performance and identity politics in Riverside, California -- New interventions. The Asian American body in performance ; Taiko in Asian America ; Just being there : making Asian American space in the recording industry ; Finding an Asian American audience : the problem of listening ; ImprovisAsians : free improvisation as Asian American resistance ; Ethnography, ethnomusicology and post-white theory ; My father's life in music.

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Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music documents the variety of musics-from traditional Asian through jazz, classical, and pop-that have been created by Asian Americans. This book is not about "Asian American music" but rather about Asian Americans making music. This key distinction allows the author to track a wide range of musical genres. Wong covers an astonishing variety of music, ethnically as well as stylistically: Laotian song, Cambodian music drama, karaoke, Vietnamese pop, Japanese American taiko, Asian American hip hop, and panethnic Asian American improvisational music (encompassing jazz and avant-garde classical styles). In Wong's hands these diverse styles coalesce brilliantly around a coherent and consistent set of questions about what it means for Asian Americans to make music in environments of inter-ethnic contact, about the role of performativity in shaping social identities, and about the ways in which commercially and technologically mediated cultural production and reception transform individual perceptions of time, space, and society. Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music encompasses ethnomusicology, oral history, Asian American studies, and cultural performance studies. It promises to set a new standard for writing in these fields, and will raise new questions for scholars to tackle for many years to come.

Author Notes

Deborah Wong is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Riverside. She is a widely recognized authority on Asian and Asian American music and performance, popular media, and cultural studies. She resides in Riverside, CA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
I Southeast Asian Immigrants Sounding Offp. 1
1 Asian American Performativitiesp. 3
2 History, Memory, Re-Memberingp. 19
3 Taking (To) the Street: Cambodian Immigrants in the Philadelphia Mummers Paradep. 53
4 Karaoke, Mass Mediation and Agency in Vietnamese American Popular Musicp. 69
5 Pham Duy at Home: Vietnamese American Technoculture in Orange Countyp. 89
II Encountersp. 115
6 Making Space, Making Noise: Locating Asian American Resistance in the Festivalp. 117
7 Listening to Local Practices: Performance and Identity Politics in Riverside, Californiap. 139
III New Interventionsp. 159
8 The Asian American Body in Performancep. 161
9 Taiko in Asian Americap. 195
10 Just Being There: Making Asian American Space in the Recording Industryp. 233
11 Finding an Asian American Audience: the Problem of Listeningp. 257
12 Improvisasians: Free Improvisation as Asian American Resistancep. 275
13 Ethnography, Ethnomusicology, and Post-White Theoryp. 299
14 My Father's Life in Musicp. 321
Appendixp. 339
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 383