Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance


Wong Contemporary Directions In Asian American Dance C

Editor: Yutian Wong

Contributors: Angela K. Ahlgren, Rosemary Candelario, Eury Colin Chang, Brian Su-Jen Chung, Maura Nguyen Donohue, Ellen V. P. Gerdes, Roko Kawai, Denise Uyehara, and Yutian Wong

An essential guide and model for current studies of Asian American dance

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.

Yutian Wong is an associate professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Choreographing Asian America.