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The Dawn-Elissa Fischer Collection: Japanese Hiphop
The Dawn-Elissa Fischer Collection contains books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals, event programs, and flyers from Japan. Professor Fischer began collecting material in Japan in the late 1990s while she was a student at the University of Florida, Gainesville. This collection features a "Dictionary of African American Slang" by Nami Makoto written for Japanese youth. It also includes a number of promotional materials for the breakdance events and concerts from Bboy Park, Japan's annual Hiphop festival that takes place in Yoyogi Park, and periodicals like Woofin' Magazine which offer insight into how American artists are received by Japan's hiphop community.
The audio and video component of this collection features a 2002 documentary co-produced by the collections donor, Prof. Dawn-Elissa Fischer, entitled "Nihon Style." Along with this DVD there are various mixes by DJ Kaori and records from Zeebra to name a few. This collection will be incorporated into the Hiphop Archive's World Hiphop website in Fall 2009.
About Prof. Dawn-Elissa Fischer
Dawn-Elissa Fischer (a.k.a. the "D.E.F." Professor) is one of the Associate Directors assisting Professor Morgan at the Hiphop Archive. The DEF Prof currently works with the Hiphop University, Youth Education, Gender and Sexuality as well as Japanese Hiphop projects at the Hiphop Archive. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, where she teaches courses on black popular culture, digital research design and visual ethnography. DEF has worked on a number of different community-based campaigns using Hiphop to address issues of voter disenfranchisement, gender based violence, literacy and the digital divide. For over 15 years, she has been traveling within and outside of the United States, committing herself to academic and political work. She has studied and worked with Hiphop social movement organizations internationally in Japan, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Sweden, China, Norway, Cuba, Jamaica and Russia. She has received various awards and grants for her research, including support from the Japan Foundation, the Mellon Mays Fellowship Program and the Social Science Research Council. DEF is currently working on a manuscript concerning Hiphop, race and blackness in Japan.