Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippine-American War: A Crisis of Conscience

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Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Telling both a historical and personal narrative through live music, spoken word, poetry, and visual elements, Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippine American War: A Crisis of Conscience is a multidisciplinary performance examining the experiences of Black soldiers during the Philippine-American War of 1899–1902. The piece considers the moral dilemma that Black soldiers faced in their charge to help subjugate Filipino people while at the same time being marginalized themselves. It also depicts the Filipino narrative of resistance to the American intervention, as well as the complex interpersonal relationships between African American soldiers and the Filipino population. The performance features musicians on piano, bass, flute, violin, and percussion elements including tribal drums and Kulintang. Featured performers include: Marcus Shelby, Deszon Claiborne, Conrad Benedicto, Sam Brown, Marcella Pabros-Clark, Manuel Dragon, Rebecca Rodriguez and more!

Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission, MOAD and the Asian Art Museum