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Research Colloquium: Panel with Jason Nguyen, Gillian Richards-Greaves, and Ed Wolf

Spring 2013 Research Colloquium Series

Friday, April 12, 2013, 3:30pm

Performance & Lecture Hall, 800 N Indiana Ave

Research Colloquium: Panel Format with Jason Nguyen, Gillian Richards-Greaves, and Ed Wolf
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Spring 2013 Research Colloquium Series

Friday, April 12, 2013
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Performance & Lecture Hall
800 N Indiana Ave

“Where is my Vietnam?”: Locating the Vietnamese Homeland
Jason Nguyen, Ethnomusicology MA Student

What do disjunctures of time and space do to groups with historically shared identities? In this roundtable, I map an analytic framework that emphasizes a discursive and rhetorical approach to diaspora, which I then use to examine the shifting discourses and identity politics of people of Vietnamese descent living in the United States. I argue that Vietnamese American identity discourses can be understood in part through the notion that “diaspora” is semiotically encoded and performed.

Kweh-kweh Ritual Performance and African Guyanese Rediasporization in New York City
Gillian Richards-Greaves, Ethnomusicology PhD Candidate

Each year, on the Friday before Labor Day, Guyanese in New York City come together to celebrate Come to My Kwe-Kwe, a reenactment of the pre-wedding ritual, kweh-kweh. Although Come to My Kwe-Kwe mirrors the wedding-based kweh-kweh in form it generally serves as a vehicle for cultural education and community-building. This paper examines the ways that music and dance in Come to My Kwe-Kwe facilitates the negotiation of African-Guyanese-American identities and rediasporization, that is, the creation of a secondary African Guyanese diaspora in the United States.

Making Afro-Chileans Visible: Diaspora as Partial Truth
Ed Wolf, Ethnomusicology PhD Candidate

While the African Diaspora is an important concept in understanding the cultural contributions of Africans and their descendants in the Americas, public presentation of the idea often fails to acknowledge its character as a multi-layered process. In this talk, I will discuss how this oversimplification has played out in the music-dance performance of Afro-descendant groups in northern Chile and consider its effects on the historic representation and legal recognition of minority groups in the Americas.