Claiming Diaspora: Music, Transnationalism, and Cultural Politics in Asian/Chinese America

Claiming Diaspora: Music, Transnationalism, and Cultural Politics in Asian/Chinese America

by Su Zheng
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199873593

ISBN-13: 9780199873593

Pub. Date: 11/01/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Framed by a century and a half of racialized Chinese American musical experiences, Claiming Diaspora explores the thriving contemporary musical culture of Asian/Chinese America. Ranging from traditional operas to modern instrumental music, from ethnic media networks to popular music, from Asian American jazz to the work of recent avant-garde composers, author Su

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Framed by a century and a half of racialized Chinese American musical experiences, Claiming Diaspora explores the thriving contemporary musical culture of Asian/Chinese America. Ranging from traditional operas to modern instrumental music, from ethnic media networks to popular music, from Asian American jazz to the work of recent avant-garde composers, author Su Zheng reveals the rich and diverse musical activities among Chinese Americans and tells of the struggles of Chinese Americans to gain a foothold in the American cultural terrain. She not only tells their stories, but also examines the dynamics of the diasporic connections of this musical culture, revealing how Chinese American musical activities both reflect and contribute to local, national, and transnational cultural politics, and challenging us to take a fresh look at the increasingly plural and complex nature of American cultural identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199873593
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Series:
American Musicspheres Series
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Figures
Tables
Musical Examples
Technical Notes
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction
2. The Formation of a Diasporic Musical Culture as a Site of Contradiction
3. New York and the Transpacific Routes: Music in the Racialized History of Chinese American
Experience
4. Music Here and Now: A Diasporic Soundscape in a Global City
5. From Private Realm to Public Display of Multiculturalism: Mapping the Local Geocultural
Processes of Music Production, Consumption, and (Re)Presentations
6. "Our Goal Is to Be in Sync with Other Areas of the World": Transnational Media Culture and
Popular Music
7. The Poetics and Politics of Displacement: Portraits of Seven Immigrant Musicians
8. The Ambiguities of Cultural Politics in Asian/Chinese American Music Discourse

Notes

Appendix I. Chinese American Musical Groups in the New York/New Jersey/Greater New
York Metropolitan Area
Appendix II. Sheung Chi Ng's Taishan Muyu Song Repertories
Appendix III. Complete Chinese Texts of Poems and Lyrics Cited

Glossary
Bibliography
Discography
Filmography

Index

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