S2E32: Hip-Hop Writer Joy Ng
Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
Joy Ng is a born-and-raised San Franciscan. In Part 1, Joy talks about her childhood, in Chinatown, North Beach, and a couple other neighborhoods. She ends with her time at SF State, where she changed her major and got involved in community organizing. A large influence in that shift was Curtis Choy's documentary, The Fall of the I-Hotel. Here's the trailer for that film:
The Fall of the I-Hotel from Manilatown Media on Vimeo.
FoundSF has more info on the story of the International Hotel eviction and demolition.
At SF State, Joy’s senior thesis covered the history of hip-hop as resistance and using the art form to make something out of nothing. Since graduating, she has run a website of critical essays with the tagline, "Hip Hop x Asian America."
In Part 2, Joy discusses the cultural context that gave rise to hip-hop, the history of the genre, local artist Ruby Ibarra, and her deep dives into Asian-American identity, empowerment, history, and how they intersect with music.
We recorded this podcast in June 2019 at the Bayanihan Community Center.
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