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ISBN-10: 9813250518
ISBN-13: 9789813250512
Publisher: National University of Singapore Press
Publish Date: 10/15/2019
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.60" H

Tales of Southeast Asia’s Jazz Age: Filipinos, Indonesians and Popular Culture, 1920-1936

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Luis Borromeo was the Philippines’s “King of Jazz,” who at the height of his popularity created a Filipino answer to the Ziegfeld Follies. Miss Riboet was a world-famous Javanese opera singer who ruled the theater world. While each represented a unique corner of the entertainment world, the rise and fall of these two superstar figures tell an important story of Southeast Asia’s 1920s Jazz Age.
This artistic era was marked by experimentation and adaption, and this was reflected in both Borromeo’s and Riboet’s styles. They were pioneering cultural brokers who dealt in hybrids. They were adept at combining high art and banal entertainment, tradition and modernity, and the foreign and the local.
Leaning on cultural studies and the work on cosmopolitanism and modernity by Henry Jenkins and Joel Kahn, Peter Keppy examines pop culture at this time as a contradictory social phenomenon. He challenges notions of Southeast Asia’s popular culture as lowbrow entertainment created by elites and commerce to manipulate the masses, arguing instead that audiences seized on this popular culture to channel emancipatory activities, to articulate social critique, and to propagate an inclusive nationalism without being radically anticolonial.

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"...a scientific, well-researched study...Peter Keppy has written a particularly interesting book about the role of popular culture in two countries. The influence of western and contemporary pop culture - as is evident from this study - played a much greater role in building local national consciousness than was previously assumed. An emancipating, identity-giving and therefore also political role. It unmistakably shows what the power of music consists of and how it can contribute to broad changes with great significance."

–Ben Taffijn "Draai om je oren" (5/11/2019 12:00:00 AM)
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ISBN-10: 9813250518
ISBN-13: 9789813250512
Publisher: National University of Singapore Press
Publish Date: 10/15/2019
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.60" H
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