Professor Nina d’Alessandro and her Global Writing Seminar and LS students braved last night’s snow storm to attend No-No Boy’s concert and discuss their work at Lincoln Center Atrium. The discussion was led by Theodora Yoshikami, who was born in an internment camp, and is the founder of Morita Dance Company.
Musician scholars Julian Saporiti and Erin Aiyana developed this project about Asian Americans through their Ph.D. Studies at Brown. “We attempt to draw together histories that can be too easily compartmentalized and kept separate in our history books and in our national memory,” they say. Their explorations of post-colonial identities in the Asian Pacific, the US, Vietnamese immigrants to the US and France, and survivors of Japanese incarceration, were sensitively, powerfully presented. They emphasized the importance of acknowledging the many silences in historical accounts, and of investigating those silences, giving voice to erased populations and a fuller understanding of who we all are. Their music and accompanying videos are beautiful and deeply moving. Their work, the stories they gathered and shared, their approach to academic research, all are fresh and exciting.
The brilliant and eclectic concert series at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium is managed and produced by LS alumna Meera Dugal.