Louder and Faster : Pain, Joy, and the Body Politic in Asian American Taiko / Deborah Wong.

Wong, Deborah [Browse]
  • Oakland University of California Press 2019
  • Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2019]
  • ©2019
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A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org.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.
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In English.
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • List of Video and Audio Examples
  • Introduction
  • Transition: Don
  • 1. Looking, Listening, and Moving
  • 2. Inventories: The Material Culture of Taiko
  • Transition: She Dances on a Taiko
  • 3. Dancing the Body Politic
  • Transition: Unison and Circles
  • 4. Good Gigs, Bad Gigs: Drumming between Hope and Anger
  • 5. Taiko, Erotics, and Anger
  • Transition: From My Journal-Learning and Playing "Miyake," May 8, 2006
  • 6. Pain and the Body Politic: Taiko Players Talk about Blisters and More
  • 7. Cruising the Pac Rim: Driven to Thrill
  • Transition: How to Leave a Taiko Group
  • Conclusion: Core Values
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Glossary
  • References
  • American Crossroads
  • Index
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  • 10.1525/luminos.71
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