Orathai Northern is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation topic is on the cultural symbolic of African American hair in terms of race, gender, transnational trade and the Black Diaspora.
Amy Abugo Ongiri is an assistant professor of english at the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching focuses on Black literature and culture, transnational cinema, and gender and sexuality studies. During the academic year 2001-2002 she was a fellow at the John Hope Franklin Center for International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University. Her current book project Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Articulations of the Black Power Movement and the Search to Define a Black Aesthetic addresses the cultural and political articulations of the Black Power movement, particularly the aesthetic concerns of the Black Arts Movement’s search to define a “Black Aesthetic.” This essay is part of a larger project addressing the transnational circulation of Black popular culture.
Pei-te Lien is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She is the author of numerous articles on Asian American political participation as well as two books,The Political Participation of Asian Americans: Voting Behavior in Southern California (New York: Garland Publishing, 1997) and The Making of Asian America Through Political Participation (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001). [End Page 89]
Traise Yamamoto is an associate professor of english at the University of California, Riverside and the author of Masking Selves, Making Subjects: Japanese American Women, Identity, and the Body (University of California Press, 1999). Her poetry and fiction have been published in a number of anthologies and journals, and she is one of the subjects in a forthcoming documentary, Between the Lines: Asian American Women Poets. She is currently working on a book of Asian American feminist essays.
Deborah Wong is an associate professor of ethnomusicology and Director of the Center for Asian Pacific America at the University of California, Riverside, where she specializes in the musics of Thailand and Asian America. The author of two books: Sounding the Center: History and Aesthetics in Thai Buddhist Ritual (University of Chicago Press, 2001) and Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music (forthcoming), she is working on a book about taiko in Southern California. She is a member of Satori Daiko, the performing group for the Taiko Center of Los Angeles.