In this Book

California Polyphony
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What does it mean to be "Californian"? Mina Yang suggests an answer that lies at the intersection of musicology, cultural history, and politics. Consisting of a series of musical case studies of major ethnic groups in California, this book approaches the notion of Californian identity from diverse perspectives, each nuanced by class, gender, and sexuality. This most populous and most affluent state in the Union has been setting musical and cultural trends for decades, and Yang's study thoughtfully illuminates the multiculutral nature of its musics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. The Early History of California Cultural and Musical Life
  2. pp. 11-32
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  1. 2. The Transpacific Gaze: Orientalism, Queerness, and Californian Experimentalism
  2. pp. 33-59
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  1. 3. A Thin Blue Line down Central Avenue: The LAPD and the Demise of a Musical Hub
  2. pp. 60-79
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  1. 4. Noir Entanglements: Black Music, White Women, and the Dark City
  2. pp. 80-97
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  1. 5. From the Mission Myth to Chicano Nationalism: The Evolution of Mestizo Identities and Music
  2. pp. 98-117
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  1. 6. After Sa-i-ku: Korean American Hip-Hop since the Rodney King Uprising
  2. pp. 118-136
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 137-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-164
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 165-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-184
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