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Music in the American Diasporic Wedding

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Music in the American Diasporic Wedding explores the complex cultural adaptations, preservations, and fusions that occur in weddings between couples and families of diverse origins. Discussing weddings as a site of negotiations between generations, traditions, and religions, the essays gathered here argue that music is the mediating force between the young and the old, ritual and entertainment, and immigrant lore and assimilation. The contributors examine such colorful integrations as klezmer-tinged Mandarin tunes at a Jewish and Taiwanese American wedding, a wedding services industry in Chicago's South Asian community featuring a diversity of wedding music options, and Puerto Rican cultural activists dancing down the aisles of New York's St. Cecilia's church to the thunder of drums and maracas and rapping their marriage vows. These essays show us what wedding music and performance tell us about complex multiethnic diasporic identities and remind us that how we listen to and celebrate otherness defines who we are.

Part I.
1. Kay Shelemay, "From Generation to Generation: Musical Traditions and Political Negotiations in Weddings of the African Horn and Its Diaspora"
2. Kaley Mason, "Music Specialists, Wedding work, and the Politics of Intimate Recognition in Chicago’s South Asian Communities"
3. Carol Silverman, "Negotiating Gender, Community, and Ethnicity: Balkan Romani Transnational Weddings"

Part II.
4. Meredith Schweig, "Sounding the Harmonious Union: Musical Notes on a Taiwanese and Jewish American Wedding"
5. Natalie Zelensky, "Of Brides and Balalaikas: Playing ‘Diaspora’ in the Russian-American Wedding"
6. Adriana Helbig, "Singing Out: Gay Weddings in Diaspora"

Part III.
7. Shayna Silverstein, "(Re)Mixed Bridal Beats: Arab Dabke, Islamic Hiphop and the Politics of Difference in Arab-American Chicago"
8. Andrew Eisenberg, "Wedding Soundtracks and Diasporic Consciousness among Kenyans in the U.S."
9. Inna Naroditskaya, "Big Fat Diasporic Weddings: Music, Cinema, TV"



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Published 23 May 2019
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EAN13 9780253041784
Language English
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