Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance, and Cultural Politics

Item # 154021.

By Angela K. Ahlgren.

This book places North American taiko in the context of Asian American identity, the Asian American movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and the history of taiko in Japan. It further defines the scope and aims of the study, highlighting gender, race, and sexuality as key lenses through which taiko can be understood.

The work defines and complicates what “Asian America” means and how it intersects productively with embodied performance, ultimately arguing that taiko players from a range of backgrounds express Asian American politics through their involvement in the art form. A brief history of taiko in the United States draws on more than 20 original interviews conducted by the Japanese American National Museum. Paper: 200 pp.

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