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Asian American Music

MUSIC 48 (4.0 units)Session II

This course will examine music made by Asian Americans throughout US cultural history from the 1960s to the current day. While the term Asian American is overwhelmingly broad, in this course, we approach it as a panethnic political identity, and thus we will be closely examining cultural and political ramifications of music made by Asian Americans as well as the music itself. Rather than focus on traditional Asian musical practices performed in the US, we will be focusing more on other ways that Asian Americans have engaged with this panethnic political identity. We will consider a wide range of Asian American musicians including members of the influential Bay Area Asian American jazz scene of the 1970s, contemporary hip-hop artists such as Awkwafina and Dumbfoundead, and experimental musicians like Okkyung Lee and Miya Masaoka. We will be analyzing aspects of music, including issues of form, melody, harmony, as well as the political impact of the music and musicians, drawing on writings from cultural theorists and musicologists. Students will complete weekly reading responses, an individual creative project, a group presentation, and a final project in which they can choose between a research paper or creative work. Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary. (IV)

Instructor(s) STAFF
Schedule MW 1:00 - 3:50pm, Room To Be Announced TBA
Units 4.0
Course Code 04100
Fees
UC Undergraduate (per unit) $ 279.00
UC Graduate (per unit) $ 349.00
Visitor (per unit) $ 349.00
Note(s) None