Kuoching Ngu, American Ethnic Studies

Contact kngu@u.washington.edu

Asian Americans in Hip Hop

I will be exploring the role Asian Americans play in the Hip Hop
community/culture. With all the negative connotations associated with Hip
Hop, I will be attempting to show the positive aspects of the culture and
how individuals and groups involved are able to re-empower themselves
through expression in creating and reaffirming their identities. Deeply
rooted in the African American community, Hip Hop has spread, touching
diverse communities worldwide, including the Asian American community. I
hope to use visual representation in portraying the positive and
empowering aspects of Hip Hop by exploring the culture through its many
disciplines: spoken word, emceeing, djing, grafitti art, and
breakdancing.