“Whack Until Proven Real”?: The Plight of the Asian American Artist

Over the course of my last 3 blog posts, I have attempted to unpack some of the most overarching themes (in my opinion) of Asian American music as we have been studying it. I have tried to succeed in this endeavor through the lens of particular Asian American musicians and their particular artistic works, both musical and literary. In doing so, with my limited Asian American studies education, I have only grazed the surface of this deep well of talent and accompanying critical analysis and inquiry. However, with what I have touched on in my writing from the first blog … Continue reading “Whack Until Proven Real”?: The Plight of the Asian American Artist

Curatorial Statement: Materialism, Materialism, Materialism (the Anti-Capitalist Kind, of Course)

Throughout the quarter, I feel like I have been introduced to so many new artists, songs, and approaches to musical that are considered to be “Asian American music”. In the course of analyzing all of this content that tackles the big question of what constitutes Asian American music, and what this means for the music industry (or Asian Americans) in general, something has emerged as a very clear theme not only through the writings that I have posted on this blog, but also just throughout the course and its curriculum in general. This theme is something that I have explored for … Continue reading Curatorial Statement: Materialism, Materialism, Materialism (the Anti-Capitalist Kind, of Course)

Curatorial Statement: Contradictions in Asian American Music and Identity

Over the course of a quarter spent diving into Asian American history, art, and politics, it has often felt like we are only talking in circles, hitting the same walls with the same questions over and over again. While it has been heartening to be surrounded by other students who bring different perspectives and fresh analysis to these issues, and while I highly value the conversations and contributions my peers and professors have given, at the same time it is difficult to dig into recent artistic works by Asian American artists, only to find them facing the same creative challenges … Continue reading Curatorial Statement: Contradictions in Asian American Music and Identity