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VC Classics

We present these films produced by Visual Communications as a reflection of our American histories and experiences. From jazz fusion and marching bands, to hula and kite making, these stories reflect our contributions to American cultures. Click here to learn more about our VC Archives, one of the largest photographic and moving image archives on Asian Pacific experiences in America.

The roots of the popular jazz fusion band Hiroshima are in pre-redevelopment Little Tokyo. Select group members discuss the sociological and cultural pulse of the early 1970s. Dan Kuramoto describes the political movements of the 1960s out of which Asian American music emerged, while June Kuramoto relates being ridiculed in her youth for playing the Japanese koto. Percussionist Johnny Mori delves into the influence of African American, Latino, and rock ‘n roll music on his art. The film goes beyond a mere profile of a band to investigate the core and influences of Asian American music.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    24 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Duane Kubo
  • Executive Producer
    Visual Communications