371 Ryder Hall

Susan Asai, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology, Traditional Japanese Music, Asian-American Music

Susan M. Asai is an Associate Professor. Her primary areas of interest and research are Asian American music, particularly issues of music and identity, and Japanese folk performing arts.

Asai’s key publications include her book, Nomai Dance Drama: A Surviving Spirit of Medieval Japan, published in November 1999 by Greenwood Publishing Group, and the articles, “Transformations of Tradition: Three Generations of Japanese American Music Making,” “Sansei Voices in the Community: Japanese American Musicians in California,” and “Origins of the Musical and Spiritual Syncretism in Nomai Dance Drama of Northern Japan.”

She teaches the following courses: “Music as a Means of Social Expression,” “Music of Asia,” “Music of Latin America and the Caribbean,” “Historical Traditions: World Music,” and “Introduction to World Music”

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