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By Mina Yang

ISBN-10: 0252032438

ISBN-13: 9780252032431

What does it suggest to be "Californian"? California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads indicates a solution that lies on the intersection of musicology, cultural heritage, and politics. such as a chain of musical case reviews of significant ethnic teams in California, this publication methods the inspiration of Californian id from various views, each one nuanced through classification, gender, and sexuality.

In the early 20th century, the concept that of the Pacific Rim and an orientalist fascination with Asian song and tradition ruled the preferred mind's eye of white Californians, influencing their interactions with the Asian different. numerous a long time later, as tensions rose among the l. a. Police division and the African American group, the once-thriving jazz and blues nightclub scene of Forties crucial road turned a main aim for legislation enforcement's anti-vice campaign. The reactionary nature of the musical ratings for Hollywood's noir motion pictures of the realm conflict II and postwar eras negotiated the perceived loss of life of white lady sexuality within the face of black tradition and concrete corruption. Mina Yang additionally considers Mexican americans' conflicted assimilation into the white American mainstream from the early 1900s during the Nineteen Seventies, in addition to modern Korean american citizens' struggles to specific their cultural and nationwide identities via hip-hop, a style often linked to African Americans.

According to Yang, there hasn't ever been an easy definition of "Californian." This so much populous and so much prosperous country within the Union has been surroundings musical and cultural developments for many years, and Yang's research thoughtfully illuminates the multiculutral nature of its musics.

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Furthermore, the majority of the immigrants came from the Midwest, bringing to the Southland Anglo-Protestant values of conservatism and a lifestyle revolving around church and family. The rapid and horizontal nature of the city’s growth impeded the consolidation of civic life, as each suburb upheld its own autonomous sovereignty. The fortunes of the city’s oligarchs, led by publisher of the Los Angeles Times Harrison Gray Otis and his heir Harry Chandler, were based on the constant demand for new land parcels, subdivided for ever more strips of tract housing.

19 The early fairs touted the natural endowments of the region and its agricultural production. S. indd 20 1/7/08 9:52:00 AM Early History of California Life 21 in San Diego from 1915 to 1917) and the Golden Gate International Exposition (on San Francisco’s Treasure Island from 1939 to 1940) began to identify the state as an industrial and cultural hub of the Pacific Basin, an emergent transnational space, and to celebrate the diversity of its people. The promotion of pluralism as a uniquely Californian attribute belied the white supremacist agenda behind the design and program of the fairs.

Freund, San Franciscans sought to acquire cultural status through the founding of a symphony orchestra but faced a few obstacles in achieving this end: San Francisco wants a symphony orchestra. The absence of one is unquestionably a sore spot in the artistic conscience of the city. San Francisco is a very peculiar city, entirely different in some respects from any other city in America.  .  . and of the world. It is essentially a city of promise—the city of the Golden Gate. 23 As early as 1910, the critic was noting the countervailing forces within Californian culture that pulled its development in two opposing directions, tradition and innovation.

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