I have enjoyed my time as the Diversity Scholar for the IUPUI University Library. IUPUI Diversity Hotspot has been successful in advertising and promoting diversity events, celebrations, and activities on campus. It is my hope that this blog has helped to foster cultural learning.
A special thank you to everyone who attended the Diversity Film Festival for 2012-2013.
We will taking a continual hiatus, starting today. All information and past post will remain available for future reference.
Thank you again!If you follow this blog and would like me to continue to post events, please send me a message. Otherwise, IUPUI Diversity Hotspot will be on a continual hiatus.

I have enjoyed my time as the Diversity Scholar for the IUPUI University Library. IUPUI Diversity Hotspot has been successful in advertising and promoting diversity events, celebrations, and activities on campus. It is my hope that this blog has helped to foster cultural learning.

A special thank you to everyone who attended the Diversity Film Festival for 2012-2013.

We will taking a continual hiatus, starting today. All information and past post will remain available for future reference.

Thank you again!

If you follow this blog and would like me to continue to post events, please send me a message. Otherwise, IUPUI Diversity Hotspot will be on a continual hiatus.

Africa Awareness Week!

April 17th, 2013

Achebe Memorial

Campus Center RM 305

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

April 19th, 2013

Movie Night, “The Journey”

Lilly Auditorium

6 pm - 9 pm

April 20th, 2013

Africa Night

Campus Center RM 450

5 pm - 9 pm

Hosts: African Comedian Kanmi & Sedinam

Speaker: Walle Mafolasire

Cost: Free with IUPUI ID!

$5 for non-IUPUI affiliates

image courtesy of evoke-africa.tumblr.com

What is the definition of diversity? What do you think this quote means?

What is the definition of diversity? What do you think this quote means?

Have you…
learned about other cultures
experienced a cultural event/activity
listened to another cultures’ music
learned a new language

Have you…

learned about other cultures

experienced a cultural event/activity

listened to another cultures’ music

learned a new language

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Leehom Wang - "Gai Bian Zi Ji"
 
Birth name: Alexander Lee Hom Wang

Chinese-American and of Taiwanese decent

Genre: Pop, R&B, rap

Formally trained at the Eastman School of Music, Williams College and Berklee College of Music, his musical style is known for fusing Chinese elements with hip-hop and R&B.

source: wikipedia, goldsea

»Discussion: How does Leehom incorporate his Asian heritage into his music?

(To comment, visit our homepage and click “comments” at the top of this post).

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Jay Sean – “Do You Remember” (Acoustic)

Birth name: Kamaljit Singh Jhooti

Indian-British, of Indian decent

Genre: R&B

British R&B singer/songwriter Jay Sean is notable for being one of the first British-Asian crossover stars and also for his international popularity, including five consecutive Top 40 singles in America.

Me Against Myself (2004), his debut album, became a Top 30 hit in the U.K., spawning a pair of Top Ten hit singles (“Eyes on You,” “Stolen”); plus, the album became an even bigger hit in India, where it was a chart-topping success and went multi-platinum, thanks in part to Sean’s appearance in the Bollywood film Kya Kool Hain Hum (2005).

source: pandora, Jason Birchmeier, Rovi 

»Discussion: Why do you think Jay Sean’s music was able to crossover to America?

(To comment, visit our homepage and click “comments” at the top of this post).

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Far East Movement – Rocketeer ft. Ryan Tedder

Genre: Rap, pop/rock, electronic

Raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles

Group members: Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J-Splif (Jae Choung), and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia)

Far East Movement is the first Asian-American group to earn a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.“Rocketeer” featuring Ryan Tedder appeared on Free Wired, the band’s major-label debut.

sources: goldsea and allmusic

»Discussion: How do you think Far East Movement breaks stereotypes about rap music and Asian-Americans?

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Dia Frampton - “Inventing Shadows”

Genre: Indie pop, folk

Dia’s first album: Red, 2011

Her musical career

+   Dia Leif Frampton, Korean-American
+   Began with her sister in their band Meg & Dia
+   Their label dropped the Meg & Dia duo in 2009
+   Competed in The Voice, mentored by judge Blake Shelton
+   She became one of the season’s leading contestants and finished      second
+   “Inventing Shadows,” the song she performed during The Voice, became her biggest single to date, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and rising to the top of the iTunes charts.

source: allmusic

Interview with Dia Frampton via halfkorean

Q: How did your parents meet?
Dia: My mom took English lessons in Seoul, Korea, and my dad was an English teacher. He was not, however, her personal teacher. His friend also went over with my dad from America to teach English. His friend was my mom’s teacher. He set them up on a blind date.

Q: What do people who meet/see you think your ethnicity is?
Dia: Filipino, Hawaiian or somewhere from South America.

Q: Did you ever experience any identity issues while growing up?
Dia: No. I was actually always quite proud of being a little different.

Q: What is your favorite Korean food?
Dia: All of it. I just learned how to make kimchee (김치) the other day from my mom. I really love bibimbop (비빔밥).

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»Discussion: What did you think about Inventing Shadows? What is the song communicating?

Music Around the World Asia featuring Asian American and Asian artists

Justin Nozuka - “My Heart is Yours”

“My Heart is Yours” exemplifies Nozuka’s easy-going style of folk music that includes detailed lyrics and intricate harmonies.

Other songs by Justin Nozuka

  • “Heartless”
  • “Golden Train”
  • “After Tonight”
  • “I Carried You”
  • “You I Wind Land and Sea”

» What do you think about My Heart is Yours? Have you listened to folk music before?

About Justin Nozuka

Justin Tokimitsu Nozuka is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter. Justin was born in New York to a Japanese father and an Canadian mother. He began writing songs at the age of 12.

His debut album “Holly” is named after his brave mother, who raised her seven children as a single mother.

source: Imdb

How does Justin Nozuka incorporate his Japanese-American heritage into his music? Why is he different from other folk singers-songwriters?

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