MUSIC 16N: Behind “Swingposium”: Activism in Performing Arts
Meet the Instructors | General Education Requirements
What brings together taiko, swing dance, jazz band, Asian American theater and immersive theater? Swingposium! These performing arts are the components of Swingposium, an immersive theater production being brought to Stanford by San Jose Taiko that tells a hidden history of music and dance during Japanese American incarceration in WWII. Through hands-on experience, conversations with artists, readings, discussion and a field trip to San Jose Japantown we will immerse ourselves in the community, culture, arts, and issues surrounding the Japanese American (JA) community then and now. More significantly, by diving deep, we learn the roots of these art forms, the historical and contemporary relations of the JA community with other communities, and consider issues of arts and activism, and cultural appropriation and appreciation that apply beyond a single production and a single community. In this course students will dive deep into Swingposium, its component arts, and its story with the hope that each will consider a pivotal moment from their community that bears sharing.
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Meet the Instructors
“My 'official' position at Stanford is as the Director of Choral Studies, in which capacity I conduct two of the Department of Music’s choral ensembles, teach conducting, and administrate the Choral Studies Program. In the choral arena, I’ve conducted festival, honor, and collegiate choirs from over 20 states as well as professional and collegiate choirs from England, Germany, Austria, Australia, Canada, and Japan. I also serve as the Faculty Director of Asian American Studies, and my deep and abiding passion for North American taiko serves as a foundation for my engagement in this new IntroSem."
"I’m a linguist, techie, taiko enthusiast, sansei - third generation Japanese American (JA) - and Adjunct Lecturer in Taiko,. I’ve done research on ASL and language in the Asian American community, and worked in digital design and computational linguistics. I joined Stanford Taiko in its first year, and have had a front row seat to the growth of collegiate taiko and its effect on the expansion of taiko in North America. I’m a San Jose Taiko alum, former board member of the Taiko Community Alliance, and am currently devoted to Jun Daiko and taiko at Mountain View Buddhist Temple. I’m excited to have this opportunity to immerse students in our JA, taiko, and Stanford student performing arts communities."