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Taiko and the Asian American Movement: the Making of a Modern Folk Art

©Stanley N. Shikuma

(This is a heavily edited version of a longer paper by Stan that traces the development of Taiko in the Northwest. All errors are the editors. The full version of Stan's paper, "Making A Modern Folk Art: Taiko in the Pacific Northwest/Canadian Southwest Region" is available by e-mail)

Taiko in Japan

Movie Review: Romeo Must Die

by Kye Leung

Will real Asian men please stand up? Contrary to what Hollywood would like us to believe, there are actually some Asian men who are not kung-fu masters, gangsters, businessmen or illegal immigrants. So what is Romeo Must Die? In short, it's a cheap reference to the Shakespeare play where no one is named Romeo and where you put some Asian gangs, Black gangs, and White businessmen together with a lot of boom but no bang between Han (played by Jet Li) and Trish (Aaliyah). What's up Hollywood? Can't an Asian male kiss a non-Asian female on screen?

Film Review: Snow Falling on Cedars

Scott Hick's Snow Falling on Cedars is a beautifully crafted film but not a good Asian American film. The film is based upon David Guterson's best selling novel about a triangular entanglement among a white newspaperman and a Japanese American women and her husband wrapped around a murder. Hicks however reduces the story's focus solely to the moral dilemma of the journalist, Ishmael, played by Ethan Hawke.

An Interview with Akira Tana

from AA Music
interview by Theo Feng
- (Oct. 98)

(Thanks to Mary Huey for transcribing the interview.)

This jazz drummer, who's Japanese American, has had a long career. He's played and recorded with people like Art Farmer, the Heath Brothers, Jim Hall, James Moody, Lena Horne, and Ruth Brown. His best-known recordings may be the series released under the artistic name, TanaReid. The name comes from a collaboration with bassist, Rufus Reid, as co-leaders of a changing ensemble.

An Interview with Akira Tana

from AA Music
interview by Theo Feng
- (Oct. 98)

(Thanks to Mary Huey for transcribing the interview.)

This jazz drummer, who's Japanese American, has had a long career. He's played and recorded with people like Art Farmer, the Heath Brothers, Jim Hall, James Moody, Lena Horne, and Ruth Brown. His best-known recordings may be the series released under the artistic name, TanaReid. The name comes from a collaboration with bassist, Rufus Reid, as co-leaders of a changing ensemble.

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