March 18, 2022, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Seminar Room, UBC Rare Books and Special Collections, UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Archives provide the pathway through which one can enter the historical field. Yet the scarcity of Chinese materials in institutional archives has long corroborated their inconsequence and invisibility in American history. This workshop explores ways that we might interrogate the archives, reading “against the grain” to resuscitate what was a lively music history of early Chinese immigrants. What to do with the risk of underscoring the authority of the archives, the weight of the yellowed historical documents? How can we create a space for sonic imagination unconfined by the words? 


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