Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music
By Deborah Wong.
Deborah Wong, a professor of music and an ethnomusicologist at UC Riverside, documents music that has been created by Asian Americans. The 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 a 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.
Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music encompasses ethnomusicology, oral history, Asian-American studies and cultural performance studies. It sets a new standard for writing in these fields and raises new questions for scholars to tackle for many years to come. Paper: 352 pp.