Dessen focuses on a group of San Francisco Bay Area musicians known as the Asian American Creative Music Movement. Inspired by the musical innovation and explicit political engagement of African-American experimental jazz, these musicians drew on their own ethnic traditions to make a statement about their contemporary situation. Their very success, however, compelled them to resist their cooptation by the media and music industry into an ethnic "ornament" on conventional jazz.
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Afro-Asian, AIR, Asian American creative music movement, Asian improv arts, Asian-African conference, Bandung, Chinese American, Chinese progressive association, CPA, Japanese American, non-aligned movement, social change, social struggle, trans-racial