Yellow Power, Yellow Soul

The Radical Art of Fred Ho
Author: Edited by Roger N. Buckley and Tamara Roberts
Potent takes on the larger-than-life dissident musician and activist
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Publication Date
Paperback: 04/29/2013
Cloth: 04/29/2013
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About the Book

Saxophonist Fred Ho is an unabashedly revolutionary artist who offers up music that is illuminating, daring, informative, scholarly, ambitious, brashly confident and vigorous, meticulous, extravagant, and emotionally sweeping. A foremost voice in the history of West Coast Asian American jazz, the East Coast avant-garde, and numerous antioppression movements, Ho has spent his life redefining the relationship between art and politics.

This dynamic collection explores the life, work, and persona of Fred Ho. Scholars, artists, and friends give their unique takes on Ho's career, articulating his artistic contributions, their joint projects, and personal stories. Interspersed throughout is original poetry inspired by Ho's work. Amplifying his musical and theatrical work, his political theory and activism, and his personal life as it relates to politics, Yellow Power, Yellow Soul offers an intimate appreciation of the entirety of Fred Ho's irrepressible and truly original creative spirit.

Contributors are Roger N. Buckley, Peggy Myo-Young Choy, Jayne Cortez, Kevin Fellezs, Diane C. Fujino, Magdalena Gomez, Richard Hamasaki, Esther Iverem, Robert Kocik, Genny Lim, Ruth Margraff, Bill V. Mullen, Tamara Roberts, Arthur J. Sabatini, Kalamu ya Salaam, Miyoshi Smith, Arthur Song, and Salim Washington.

About the Author

Roger N. Buckley is a professor of history and the founding director of the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Tamara Roberts is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology and performance studies at the University of California, Berkeley.


"Those genuinely interested in the transgressive and transcendent potential of performance and cultural production as well as the political power of transcultural solidarity would do well to engage Yellow Power Yellow Soul."--Journal of Asian American Studies

"[Yellow Power, Yellow Soul] provides great insight into Ho's formative years, his writing process with a variety of collaborators, and the evolution of his aesthetics and philosophies."--Journal of the Society for American Music


"This powerful volume is an antiphonal response to Fred Ho's revolutionary music and politics. Ho's aesthetics are assertive, demanding, unequivocal, absolute, polemical, unrelenting, and beautiful, and his friends and colleagues have responded in kind. This collection carries forward Ho's message."--Deborah Wong, author of Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music