Louder and Faster: Pain, Joy, and the Body Politic in Asian American Taiko (Deborah Wong, UC Riverside)

Tuesday, February 18 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

As part of UCSB Ethnomusicology Forum, Deborah Wong (Professor of Ethnomusicology, UC Riverside) will present a lecture titled "Louder and Faster: Pain, Joy, and the Body Politic in Asian American Taiko," on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 3-4:30 pm in Seminar Room 2406 in the Music Library. Recently published, Louder and Faster is a study of taiko in California, focused on the play of sound, performance, identity, ethnicity, race, gender, and politics. Wong explores taiko as a music/dance art form that creates spaces in which memories of the WW2 Japanese American incarceration, Asian American identity, and a desire to be seen/heard intersect with global capitalism, the complications of mediation, and legacies of imperialism. Based on two decades of participatory ethnographic work, the book offers a vivid glimpse of an Asian American presence both loud and fragile. Wong will reflect on the process of researching taiko in Southern California, read short passages from the book, and consider how and why Japanese American activism matters.

Deborah Wong is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Sounding the Center and Speak it Louder.

Music Library Seminar Room 2406