Introduction: A Legion of Boom
This chapter introduces the phenomenon of the Filipino American mobile disc jockey crews in the Bay Area. It begins with a discussion of the importance of DJs to community formations before moving on to an examination of DJing as a collective activity itself. It also discusses the relevance—or lack thereof—of Filipino American identity to members within the scene, a topic that will be revisited later in the book. It ends with a discussion of the study’s methodology, as well as an explanation of the book’s title.
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