The Race and Popular Music Program Initiative Presents: Listening Against: Disobedience & U.S. Popular Music in Filipino America

DUC 234, 4:00pm



Disobedient listening—or listening against—is a method that aims to denaturalize tropes surrounding U.S. popular music and its study. Disobedient listening requires a phonographic approach to popular music, one that pays attention to where the sonic, literary, visual, and the bodily intersect. Disobedient listening not only aims to uncover cultural truths or to right the wrongs of previous scholarship. It also helps us to hear differently what popular music produces.

Christine Bacareza Balance is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. Her writing on former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, Asian American YouTube artists, Bruno Mars, Glee’s karaoke aesthetics, and spree killer Andrew Cunanan has been published in Women and Performance: a feminist journal, the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS), the Journal of Popular Music Studies (JPMS) and Theatre Journal. Balance’s first book, Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America (Duke University Press, 2016), examines the performance and reception of post-World War II Filipino and Filipino American musicians. Her next book project, The Afterlives of Martial Law, investigates the sensational politics and fictions of dictatorship enacted by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ 21-year rule over the Philippines. She continues to collaborate with Prof. Lucy San Pablo Burns (UCLA) on an edited collection entitled California Dreaming: Production and Aesthetics in Asian American Art (forthcoming University of Hawai’i Press). She is one-eighth of the New York-based indie rock band, The Jack Lords Orchestra.

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