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Music 323: Performing Asian America

Guided Annotations

This guide is intended to serve as a resource for students in Music 323:  Performing Asian America as you write guided annotations.

The objective of this assignment is to facilitate your own scholarly research on a specific question that interests you on the topic of performing Asian America. You will locate (5) pieces of academic scholarship that largely address a research question that you construct on the topic. You will put these pieces of scholarship into dialogue, with each other, and on your larger question. Your question can be inspired by larger threads we’ve studied this semester, including: model minority narratives; the productivity of the term “Asian America,” sectarian strife, dominance, racialized solidarities (ex. Black-Asian American), “unsettled coalitions,” and many others. Examples of research questions might include:

  • How do second-generation refugee Asian American migrants inherit the consequences of refuge/asylum (rather than voluntary migration), and how is this reflected in performance? 
  • How are Central Asians (ex. Tajiks, Uzbeks, Afghans) peripheral in discussions of Asian America?
  • What is the function of Chinese festivals in contributing to the construction of Asian American identity?
  • How, why, and for whom are Asian American food bloggers writing?

Select five pieces of scholarship, which could include: peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters in single-authored books, and chapters in multi-authored edited volumes/anthologies. A maximum of (2) of your five pieces of scholarship can come from a single book. One of your pieces should include ethnography in its scholarly methods, such that it is clear that the author conducted ethnography to write the resulting piece.