Deborah Wong (NHC Fellow, 2005–06)

Project Title:

Big Beats: Taiko in Asian-American California

University of California, Riverside

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2005–06

Deborah Wong completed three chapters of her book on taiko in Asian American California, and a chapter on "Hip-Hop Generations in Asian America: Jin's 'Learn Chinese' " for a collection edited by Paul DiMaggio and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly. She wrote two journal articles: "Ethnomusicology and Difference" for Ethnomusicology (vol. 50, no. 2, 2006) and "Asian/American Improvisation in Chicago: Tatsu Aoki and the 'New' Japanese American Taiko" for Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études Critiques en Improvisation (vol. 1, no. 3, 2006, www.criticalimprov.com). In addition, she reviewed several books including For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism under Fire, by James Yee and Aimee Molloy, for the Journal of Asian American Studies); Thai Classical Singing: Its History, Musical Characteristics and Transmission, by Dusadee Swangviboonpong, for Asian Music; Power Plays: Wayang Golek Theater of West Java, by Andrew N. Weintraub, for Fontes Artis Musicae, the journal of the International Association of Music Libraries; and Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures, edited by Paul D. Greene and Thomas Porcello, for Ethnomusicology.