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  • (L to R) Charlie, Nobuko, and Chris rehearsing in the kitchen of Folk City before a performance, New York City, ca. 1971. Photo by and courtesy of Bob Hsiang

    (L to R) Charlie, Nobuko, and Chris rehearsing in the kitchen of Folk City before a performance, New York City, ca. 1971. Photo by and courtesy of Bob Hsiang

    Smithsonian Folkways Magazine: Spring 2011 - Asian American Music

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and the Spring 2011 edition of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine takes a deeper look at the influential 1973 album A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America.

    The album, recorded by three young activists in New York City, reflects the experiences of the first generation to identify with the term and concept “Asian American” – a pan-ethnic association formulated upon a shared history of discrimination. Read more...

    Also featured:

    • Recording Spotlight: Dan Milner discussed the process of recording 19th-century ballads heard on the new album Civil War Naval Songs
    • Archive Spotlight: Watch newly digitized footage of pioneering woman of bluegrass Hazel Dickens (1935-2011) performing at the 1978 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
    • Tools for Teaching: Learn and teach about jazz with a new interactive education website
    • Video Spotlight: An introduction to jazz music with music curator John Edward Hasse

    Smithsonian Folkways Magazine is the free, quarterly, online multimedia publication of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and the Spring 2011 edition of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine takes a deeper look at the influential 1973 album A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America.

    The album, recorded by three young activists in New York City, reflects the experiences of the first generation to identify with the term and concept “Asian American” – a pan-ethnic association formulated upon a shared history of discrimination. Read more...

    Also featured:

    • Recording Spotlight: Dan Milner discussed the process of recording 19th-century ballads heard on the new album Civil War Naval Songs
    • Archive Spotlight: Watch newly digitized footage of pioneering woman of bluegrass Hazel Dickens (1935-2011) performing at the 1978 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
    • Tools for Teaching: Learn and teach about jazz with a new interactive education website
    • Video Spotlight: An introduction to jazz music with music curator John Edward Hasse

    Smithsonian Folkways Magazine is the free, quarterly, online multimedia publication of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.