Taiko Boom by Shawn BenderWith its thunderous sounds and dazzling choreography, Japanese taiko drumming has captivated audiences in Japan and across the world, making it one of the most successful performing arts to emerge from Japan in the past century. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among taiko groups in Japan, Taiko Boom explores the origins of taiko in the early postwar period and its popularization over the following decades of rapid economic growth in Japan's cities and countryside. Building on the insights of globalization studies, the book argues that taiko developed within and has come to express new forms of communal association in a Japan increasingly engaged with global cultural flows. While its popularity has created new opportunities for Japanese to participate in community life, this study also reveals how the discourses and practices of taiko drummers dramatize tensions inherent in Japanese conceptions of race, the body, gender, authenticity, and locality.
Call Number: ML1038.T35 B46 2012
Reading Chinese Music and Beyond by Joys H. Y. Cheung ; King Chung Wong.Music of qin: from the scholar's study to the concert stage / Bell Yung -- Pipa stories as cultural history of Chinese music / Joseph S. C. Lam -- Making of a national musical icon: Xian Xinghai and his Yellow river cantata / Hon-Lun Yang -- "North wind blows": sounding bitterness in The white-haired girl, a communist political ritual / Joys H. Y. Cheung -- Representing the minority other in Chinese music / Chuen-Fung Wong -- Trafficking in Taiwan Aboriginal voices revisited / Nancy Guy.
Call Number: ML336.5 .R43 2010
Asian DanceAsian Dance, Second Edition introduces readers to the rich variety of dance traditions of India, Thailand, Java, Bali, China, and Japan. From the profound impact Hindu deities had on dance in India and later in Southeast Asia thousands of years ago to the 20th-century development of Butoh in Japan, dance has been a means for people to express themselves religiously, culturally, and socially in celebration. In learning about the varied Asian dances across the world's largest continent, readers will discover how the art form is an essential way for Asians to express themselves and their history.
Call Number: GV1689 .D47 2010
The Koreas by Mary E. Connor (Editor)Asia in Focus: The Koreas is the most complete, accessible, and up-to-date resource available on both North Korea and South Korea. Asia in Focus: The Koreas presents an authoritative and unprecedented look at the contrasts and similarities between the history, geography, politics, economy, culture, and society of North Korea and South Korea. It offers a wealth of new insights into North Korean life, as well as extensive explorations of Korean music, arts, language, cuisine, and popular culture, including the "Korean wave," which began with the export of Korean television dramas to other parts of Asia and has spread South Korean culture around the world. Also included are sections on women's history and roles, class and ethnicity, and a wide range of contemporary issues. For a deeper understanding of one of the most closely watched regions of the globe, this volume is a must. Six contributing scholars with considerable experience and expertise conveying a deep understanding and appreciation for Korean culture 100 photographs, including many from author Mary Connor's travels to North and South Korea, as well as a complete compilation of maps
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Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania by Kathleen M. Nadeau (Editor); Jeremy A. Murray (Editor)This ready reference is a comprehensive guide to pop culture in Asia and Oceania, including topics such as top Korean singers, Thailand's sports heroes, and Japanese fashion. This entertaining introduction to Asian pop culture covers the global superstars, music idols, blockbuster films, and current trends--from the eclectic to the underground--of East Asia and South Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Pakistan, as well as Oceania. The rich content features an exploration of the politics and personalities of Bollywood, a look at how baseball became a huge phenomenon in Taiwan and Japan, the ways in which censorship affects social media use in these regions, and the influence of the United States on the movies, music, and Internet in Asia. Topics include contemporary literature, movies, television and radio, the Internet, sports, video games, and fashion. Brief overviews of each topic precede entries featuring key musicians, songs, published works, actors and actresses, popular websites, top athletes, video games, and clothing fads and designers. The book also contains top-ten lists, a chronology of pop culture events, and a bibliography. Sidebars throughout the text provide additional anecdotal information. Supports the National Geography Standards by examining cultural mosaics and the globalization of cultural change Connects popular culture to many disciplines, including anthropology, history, literature, film studies, political science, and sociology Allows for cross-cultural comparisons between pop culture in the United States and Asia Focuses on East Asia and South Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Pakistan, among other countries Features a detailed introduction with important contextual information about pop culture in Asia and an extensive chronology
Publication Date: 2016-08-15
China with a Cut by Jeroen de KloetIn the wake of intense globalisation and commercialisation in the 1990s, China saw the emergence of a vibrant popular culture. Drawing on sixteen years of research, Jeroen de Kloet explores the popular music industry in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, providing a fascinating history of its emergence and extensive audience analysis, while also exploring the effect of censorship on the music scene in China.China with a Cut pays particular attention to the dakou culture: so named after a cut nicked into the edge to render them unsellable, these illegally imported Western CDs still play most of the tracks. They also played a crucial role in the emergence of the new music and youth culture. De Kloet's impressive study demonstrates how the young Chinese cope with the rapid economic and social changes in a period of intense globalisation, and offers a unique insight into the socio-cultural and political transformations of a rising global power.
Publication Date: 2010-01-17
Unplayed Melodies by Marc PerlmanCognitive preliminaries: the nature of musical knowledge and the processes of creative thinking -- A brief introduction to karawitan -- Karawitan as a multipart music: the relations between the melodic parts -- The balungan as melodic guide -- Theorizing melodic guidance: the social and historical context of Javanese music theory -- Three concepts of unplayed melody -- Implicit-melody concepts in perspective -- Patterns of conceptual innovation in music theory: a comparative approach.