Tuesday, October 11, 2011
9-11 by Giddra: Japanese hip-hop takes on the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath
Today, in my "After 9/11" class, we were discussing the film "Syriana," and situating al-Qaeda as a kind of symptom of globalization and its discontents. A student from the class sent me this video (thanks Stephani), a Japanese hip-hop artist's take on 9/11, connecting it to Japanese experiences of the nuclear bomb, but in the style and content delivery that shows the true global reach of hip-hop itself. Pretty stunning to see the gestures of Giddra as a hybrid product of American culture and Japanese culture.