The Beat of Asian America

A collage of taiko drummers assemble under the heading the Beat of Asian America.

The Beat of Asian America is a radio show about drum cultures of the Asian diaspora.

In Season One we are featuring oral histories from Taiko drummers. Taiko is a rich form of drumming that has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries, and in our show, prominent artists will discuss their practice, asian history, and the impacts of the pandemic in Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. 

All episodes were aired on local radio stations WPEB at Scribe Video, and WPPM at PhillyCAM.

This season of Beat of Asian America is brought to you by Asian Arts Initiative and made possible by major support from the Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the William Penn Foundation. It is produced by Asian Arts Initiative in partnership with Rowhome Productions.
Our producer is Dallas Taylor. The executive producers from Rowhome Productions are Alex Lewis and John Myers. Special thanks to Dr. Lei X. Ouyang and students of her course “Taiko and Asian American Experiences” at Swarthmore College.

Image credit, from left to right:
Brian Yamami, Executive Director and Co-Founder of TAIKOPROJECT
Sascha Molina, Assistant Director of Sacramento Taiko Dan and Director of the Sacramento Taiko Dan Youth Ensemble
PJ Hirabayashi, founder of TaikoPeace, President of Kodo Arts Sphere America, and co-founder of Creatives for Compassionate Communities
Jennifer Weir, Executive Director and Founder of TaikoArts Midwest