The Clarinet People Podcast

This four-part series is a continuation of The Clarinet People podcast I started as a musicology project. I invited fellow Asian-American musicians Michelle Ho, Leo Kim, and Sole Chang to join our discussion and speak to their own individual experiences. Each episode focuses on specific questions about how our Asian-American identity fits into our growing careers, and the various pressures we may or may not have faced in regards to our identity in music. Identity is not typically a part of our training as classical musicians, but it is a topic worth exploring, especially given the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and the growing discussions and calls for change. What is unique about the experience of Asian and Asian-American musicians is that we are not particularly underrepresented but we are not really seen either. As quoted from Hyeyung Yoon in the New York Times article, “Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?,” cultural institutions often exclude Asians from discussions about bringing more diversity to classical music because they are assumed to be adequately represented. The four parts of this series will be based on the following questions and topics:

  1. What does it mean to be an Asian-American musician? Do we regard ourselves as Asian-American musicians or does that not factor into our career?

  2. Being an Asian-American female musician

  3. How has your Asian-American identity played into your repertoire choices? Have you felt pressured to seek out and perform music from Asian or Asian-American composers?

  4. Do we feel that Asian-American music is underrepresented? Are Asian-American musicians underrepresented?

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The Clarinet People Episode 1
00:00 / 12:39

What does it mean to be an Asian-American musician?

Guests Michelle Ho, Leo Kim, Sole Chang

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Being an Asian-American female musician

The Clarinet People Episode 2
00:00 / 15:35

Guest Michelle Ho

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The Clarinet People Episode 3
00:00 / 15:47

How has your Asian-American identity played into your repertoire choices?

Guests Michelle Ho, Leo Kim, Sole Chang

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Do we feel that Asian-American music and musicians are underrepresented?

The Clarinet People Episode 4
00:00 / 21:27

Guests Michelle Ho, Leo Kim, Sole Chang