Music of Asian America Research Center
In 1988, Gayatri C. Spivak asked a simple question, “Can the subaltern speak?” Can we truly
hear the ideas and emotions of those without any power? Or can they really only speak through
intermediaries—media organizations, university professors—who might subvert their
messages? In the world of Western Classical Music, the subaltern’s messages are filtered
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