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Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama

Singer-Songwriters, Known for their "No-No Boy's" Multimedia Concert

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Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama Biography

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness.

Performing everywhere from universities and cultural centers to rural churches and bars, No-No Boy aims to illuminate an understudied past and in doing so, generate conversations about the present with diverse audiences. Using music to process their research and family legacies, Saporiti and Aoyama return often to a refrain they’ve heard spoken by those who have lived through the trauma of war and incarceration, “Do not let this happen, again.”

From 2004-2010, Julian Saporiti fronted the Berklee trained indie-rock group The Young Republic. After releasing several well received albums and touring extensively around North America and Europe, Saporiti relocated to Laramie, Wyoming to pursue an MA in American Studies, where upon completion, he took a job lecturing at the University. While living out west, Julian made several trips to the remains of the Heart Mountain concentration camp in northwest Wyoming where, during WW2, the US government unconstitutionally incarcerated over 10,000 people of Japanese descent, most of whom were US citizens. These trips made a profound impact and inspired Saporiti to begin interviewing camp survivors and researching the music performed in the camps. From these interviews, and thinking about his own displaced family of Vietnamese refugees, he began writing No-No Boy. He is currently living in Providence, Rhode Island, continuing this research, composing and recording music, and pursuing a PhD at Brown University where he also directs the Brown Arts Initiative Songwriters Workshop and teaches a course expanding the No-No Boy project.

Erin Aoyama is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the American Studies department at Brown University. Her involvement with the No-No Boy Project began when she and Saporiti met in August of 2017 as participants on the Brown Japanese American Incarceration Mobile Workshop. Her research focuses on the interplay between Japanese American incarceration and the experiences of African Americans in the Jim Crow South - focusing on the two World War II concentration camps in Arkansas and the segregated American military. Aoyama’s work with the No-No Boy Project is also deeply personal. She is a legacy of Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming, where her grandmother was incarcerated during the war, and her involvement with the No-No Boy Project has been a powerful way to connect with her family’s history, using art and storytelling.

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Singer-Songwriters, Known for their "No-No Boy's" Multimedia Concert

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Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama Biography

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness.

Performing everywhere from universities and cultural centers to rural churches and bars, No-No Boy aims to illuminate an understudied past and in doing so, generate conversations about the present with diverse audiences. Using music to process their research and family legacies, Saporiti and Aoyama return often to a refrain they’ve heard spoken by those who have lived through the trauma of war and incarceration, “Do not let this happen, again.”

From 2004-2010, Julian Saporiti fronted the Berklee trained indie-rock group The Young Republic. After releasing several well received albums and touring extensively around North America and Europe, Saporiti relocated to Laramie, Wyoming to pursue an MA in American Studies, where upon completion, he took a job lecturing at the University. While living out west, Julian made several trips to the remains of the Heart Mountain concentration camp in northwest Wyoming where, during WW2, the US government unconstitutionally incarcerated over 10,000 people of Japanese descent, most of whom were US citizens. These trips made a profound impact and inspired Saporiti to begin interviewing camp survivors and researching the music performed in the camps. From these interviews, and thinking about his own displaced family of Vietnamese refugees, he began writing No-No Boy. He is currently living in Providence, Rhode Island, continuing this research, composing and recording music, and pursuing a PhD at Brown University where he also directs the Brown Arts Initiative Songwriters Workshop and teaches a course expanding the No-No Boy project.

Erin Aoyama is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the American Studies department at Brown University. Her involvement with the No-No Boy Project began when she and Saporiti met in August of 2017 as participants on the Brown Japanese American Incarceration Mobile Workshop. Her research focuses on the interplay between Japanese American incarceration and the experiences of African Americans in the Jim Crow South - focusing on the two World War II concentration camps in Arkansas and the segregated American military. Aoyama’s work with the No-No Boy Project is also deeply personal. She is a legacy of Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming, where her grandmother was incarcerated during the war, and her involvement with the No-No Boy Project has been a powerful way to connect with her family’s history, using art and storytelling.

Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama Videos

  • Smithsonian Folkways Presents: No-No Boy - A Documentary on ...
    Mar 10, 2021 ... Smithsonian Folkways Presents "No-No Boy," a documentary exploring the mind and deeply immersive vision behind Julian Saporiti's ...
  • Julian Saporiti & Erin Aoyama at #BIF2018: Creating Immersive ...
    Jun 25, 2019 ... Inspired by his doctoral research as well as experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee, Julian and Erin use their...
  • No-No Boy: A Multimedia Concert - YouTube
    Feb 14, 2019 ... On November 3, 2018, JANM presented "No-No Boy," a multimedia concert of folk songs performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama.

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  • How to book Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama?

    Booking fees for Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama for your event is available upon request. Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama generally travels from Providence, RI, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are No-No Boy, John W. Dower, Herbert P. Bix, Virginia Berridge and Porochista Khakpour. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama Speaker Videos

  • Smithsonian Folkways Presents: No-No Boy - A Documentary on ...
    Mar 10, 2021 ... Smithsonian Folkways Presents "No-No Boy," a documentary exploring the mind and deeply immersive vision behind Julian Saporiti's ...
    Julian Saporiti & Erin Aoyama at #BIF2018: Creating Immersive ...
    Jun 25, 2019 ... Inspired by his doctoral research as well as experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee, Julian and Erin use their original ...
  • No-No Boy: A Multimedia Concert - YouTube
    Feb 14, 2019 ... On November 3, 2018, JANM presented "No-No Boy," a multimedia concert of folk songs performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama.
    Teaching America's history through song - YouTube
    Dec 20, 2017 ... Julian Saporiti AM'17 has a uniquely Brunonian approach to research. ... Julian and bandmate Erin Aoyama PhD'23 use their performances to ...

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