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Distinguished Lecture Series: Deborah Wong

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center 231


Louder and Faster: Reflections on Writing a Book about Pain, Joy, and the Body Politic in Asian American Taiko
Deborah Wong (University of California, Riverside)

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.

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