Webinar Oct. 25, Thursday: How to Apply to Lead a NATC Workshop

is sponsoring a FREE webinar 
on Thursday, October 25, 2018 
from 4:30-6:00 pm Pacific

Let Michelle Fujii and Yurika Chiba guide you through the application process for proposing an NATC workshop for 2019.

Women and Taiko is a collective of taiko players focused on gender representation in the taiko community. This workshop is one of several outreach projects intended to expand women’s leadership.

Have you asked these questions while developing your workshop proposal?

What kinds of questions should I try to answer in my workshop proposal? Is my description clear and concise? How do I title my workshop? What is the committee looking for? Who can I ask for feedback?

Michelle and Yurika will host an informal discussion with helpful tips for crafting an informed workshop proposal.

This is not a brainstorming session, so we ask that participants* have at least a workshop title and description. Of course, we can't guarantee that your workshop will be accepted, but we will (time allowing) provide feedback on your draft and help you explore ways of thinking about what you have to offer!

FREE but registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/ybzlw9gg. A Zoom link will be sent once you have registered. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 24th at noon Pacific.

Not ready to lead?! No problem, observers welcome!*

New Publication by Angela Ahlgren

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We are thrilled that Angela K. Ahlgren’s long-awaited book Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance, and Cultural Politics was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. Her book explores how ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation inform taiko players’ activities, especially in the Midwest where she was most active as a taiko player and conducted much of her ethnographic research. But her book is much, much more than a local ethnography!

Angie opens up a truly intersectional way to think and talk about taiko. She draws her ideas from Asian American Studies in really fresh and needed ways. She takes a close look at PJ Hirabayashi’s “Ei Ja Nai Ka?” She talks with White and African American women to learn how they think about their place in taiko. She offers a model for how to acknowledge that taiko is powerfully and creatively queered by some players. She writes with joy and affection about Mu Daiko and Mu Performing Arts. Any taiko player will be thrilled by her close attention to Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Sascha Molina, the members of Mu Daiko, and many other women in the taiko community.

She approaches taiko as a form that provides many kinds of women with Asian American tools for cultural production. This book moves me and inspires me.

— Deborah Wong

July 21-22, 2018 Professional Development Workshop for Women in Taiko



Greetings everyone, we have some very exciting news!

We're announcing a new series of professional development workshops for women in taiko coming up NEXT MONTH facilitated by Tiffanyand Yeeman. Held at Asano Taiko US, this workshop weekend is a special opportunity to learn about teaching, performing and staging, as well as innovative drills and a new open source piece!

Dates are July 21 and 22, register now at: