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University of Wisconsin Press

Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance

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Title: Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance
Author: Wong, Yutian
ISBN: 9780299308704
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Published: 2016
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Publisher Description:
The definition of Asian American dance is as contested as the definition of "Asian American." The term encompasses not only a range of national origins but also a dazzling variety of theoretical frameworks, disciplinary methods, and genres--from traditional to postmodern to hip hop.
The contributors to this volume address such topics as the role of the 1960s Asian American Movement in creating Japanese American taiko groups, and the experience of internment during World War II influencing butoh dance in Canada. Essays about artists such as Jay Hirabayashi, Alvin Tolentino, Shen Wei, Kun-Yang Lin, Yasuko Yokoshi, Eiko & Koma, Sam Kim, Roko Kawai, and Denise Uyehara look closely at the politics of how Asian aesthetics are set into motion and marketed. The volume includes first-person narratives, interviews, ethnography, cultural studies, performance studies, and comparative ethnic studies.