Hear Me Speak

Hear Me Speak


Naomi Nakanishi


Download Paper (.pdf) (97 KB)

Download Presentation (.pdf) (853 KB)

Download Audio Files (.zip) (318.7 MB)

Download Scores (.zip) (341 KB)

Download Video (.mp4) (443.7 MB)


Hear Me Speak is a multidisciplinary, sonic portrait consisting of five original poems and compositions each drawing from my personal experiences as a queer, femme, and Asian-American musician. It is accompanied with a short film by videographer, Olivia Blaisdell, whose work focuses on the queer community of color in Boston. Hear Me Speak examines America’s Anti-Asian Immigration Policies and Eastern Asia’s traditional patriarchal system, both of which facilitated an aggressive culture of stereotyping and racialized sexism towards the Asian diaspora. It is an artistic statement that redefines how musicians dismantle monolithic, racial stereotypes against Asian Americans with the intent to radicalize the femme identity outside the construct of “whiteness,” thus creating more visibility for all women of color and BIPOC artists.

Publication Date



Boston Campus


Project Components: paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), audio files (ZIP file containing 5 .wav files), scores (ZIP file containing 4 .pdf documents), video (.mp4).

Hear Me Speak