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Tenzin Choegyal. Screen shot from Homegrown Concert video.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on the Folklife Today Podcast

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We’re back with another episode of the Folklife Today podcast! Find it at this page on the Library’s website, or on Stitcher, iTunes, or your usual podcatcher.

In this episode, John Fenn and I talk to several of our colleagues about collections of interest to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. We also hear the voices and instruments of Asian and Pacific Islander people who are documented in our collections, from the 19th century up to last year. You’ll find more about these collections below. But first…

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Five people photographed on a platform overlooking the Himalayas
Jomos in the Kinnaur district, circa 1995-circa 1996, AFC 2017/049: PH042, Box 14, Linda LaMacchia collection.


As is often the case, much of the material in the podcast is discussed elsewhere on the blog, and related resources are available on the Library’s website. Find the relevant links below!

The Blogs Behind the Podcast

The podcast had three main segments, each based on a blog post:

The segment on AFC’s 1896 Korean cylinders, the first known recordings of Korean music in the world, was based on Allina Migoni’s blog post at this link. It includes the full embedded video of Robert Provine’s lecture on the cylinders, several embedded songs, and links to liner notes from the CD release of the cylinders (in Korean).

The segment on AFC’s Linda LaMacchia collection was based on Sara Ludewig’s guest post at this link. It includes striking photos that we weren’t able to show in a podcast format, and a link to the finding aid for this large multiformat collection relating to both Tibet and India.

The segment with Grammy-nominated Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal was based on the Homegrown Plus blog at this link. It featured a song and an instrumental piece from the concert, and a story Tenzin told me during our interview. The blog features the complete videos of both the concert and the interview.

The opening theme music was played by Herb Ohta, Jr., whose full concert and interview were presented in the Homegrown Plus blog at this link.


General Asian American and Pacific Islander Resources

Visit the following links for general resources:

The government’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month portal

All Folklife Today blogs on Asian American History

All Folklife Today blogs on Pacific Islander History

All Library of Congress blogs on Asian American History

All Library of Congress blogs on Pacific Islander History

Find a list of all AFC topical Collection Guides at this link, from which you can find detailed guides to our collections on Asian and Pacific Island topics.

That should give you a lot to explore!

As always, thanks for reading and thanks for listening!

In case you need that podcast link again…here it is!

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