Videos from RUSSIA

Yesterday, we watched and discussed the infamous video that got Pussy Riot sentenced for hooliganism.

We also discussed the potential meanings behind this video, given that the song was released in the mid-’90s when Russia was in the midst of a major economic downturn:

If you missed class, I’d be happy to send you the lyrics to the second video.

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Materials for Week 8: Musical Resistance in S. East Asia

March in Protest of Red Shirt  Clash with Thai Police via AP

Anniversary March in Protest of Red Shirt Clash with Thai Police via AP

For this unit, we are mostly contending with issues of censorship and political resistance. The focus for week 8 is on Thailand and China. Here is the reading for Monday. The reading for Thursday is the essay by Brace and Friedlander in Rockin’ The Boat.

Music will be posted by Sunday evening. Here is a link to the music for Monday (Thailand), and here is the music for Thursday (China).

Cui Jian and his famous blindfold

Cui Jian and his famous blindfold