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Louder and faster : pain, joy, and the body politic in Asian American taiko / Deborah Wong.
Wong, Deborah Anne
Oakland, California : University of California Press, 
xvi, 273 pages ; 23 cm.
Taiko (Drum ensemble)
Japanese American musicians
Asian American musicians
American crossroads ; 55.
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"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.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-258) and index.
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Looking, listening, and moving
Inventories: the material culture of taiko
Dancing the body politic
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
Conclusion: Core values.
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