The history of taiko has an undeniable and intrinsic connection to activism in the United States and Canada. As a part of RE-IMAGINING A NEW WORLD: Building Practices of Awareness, Activism and Anti-Racism as a Taiko Community, Michelle Fujii interviews Stan Shikuma. They dig into the lifelong and ever-evolving personal practices and roots of activism, identify connections between past historical patterns and the issues we face today, and recognize the opportunity for transformative change at this moment in time.
RE-IMAGINING A NEW WORLD was a series of virtual gatherings over the span of 4 weeks in the summer of 2020, made urgent by COVID-19 pandemic and the BLM, anti-racism movement. This project centered around building practices to address racism, anti-blackness, systemic oppression and activism together as a Taiko Community. Organized by Michelle Fujii and Karen Young, 23 taiko thought leaders came together to facilitate unique topics that were personally relevant and authentic to each of them. Together, they aimed to create a space that represented an opportunity to learn, grow, and build practices of awareness, so that the taiko community could move together against the systemic oppression that has impacted many lives.
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