Julian Saporiti, the musician and scholar behind the No-No Boy project, joins Princeton Public Library staff to watch, listen to, and discuss his work connecting Asian American history with the present day through song.
No-No Boy is an immersive multimedia work blending original folk songs, storytelling, and projected archival images to illuminate hidden American histories. Taking inspiration from his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, as well as interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors and other stories of Asian American experience, Nashville born songwriter Julian Saporiti has transformed years of doctoral research at Brown University into an innovative project bridging a divide between art and scholarship. By turning archival study and fieldwork into a large repertoire of folk songs and visuals, No-No Boy has evolved into a project aimed at recovering difficult pasts, making connections across communities, and imagining better futures. Learn more about the project here: https://www.nonoboyproject.com/