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In this immersive, indie-folk concert, singer-songwriter Julian Saporiti and vocalist Erin Aoyama illuminate the Asian-American experience through song, storytelling, and imagery. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of the Asian-American experience, Nashville-raised Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming—one of the 10 Japanese-American concentration camps—No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness.
Please join us for a post-show talk with artists Erin Aoyama and Julian Saporiti, moderated by Theodora Yoshikami.
Producer and Cultural Consultant Theodora Emiko Morita Yoshikami was born in Tule Lake (Relocation) concentration camp, one of ten U.S. concentration camps during WW II. Having a passion for dance, Yoshikami founded the Morita Dance Company that she ran from 1978–1986, followed by 18 years as the Public Programs manager at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC until 2011. She also was a member of Soh Daiko taiko group from 1980–2011. Recipient of several awards for her choreography and cultural work, she has traveled to Cambodia, Mongolia, Siberia, and Vietnam, to name a few.
Presented in collaboration with Asian American Arts Alliance
The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. The Alliance convenes artists and audiences around issues of race, identity, and art-making through its bimonthly Town Hall gatherings, panels and workshops, and fellowships programs.
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Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.