Come celebrate the new publication of WICKED THEORY, NAKED PRACTICE: A FRED HO READER edited by Diane Fujino, Foreward by Robin D.G. Kelley, Afterword by Bill V. Mullen, published by the University of Minnesota Press.


This is a collection of Fred Hos writings and speeches and interviews on radical political and cultural theory, Asian American Movement history and issues, Asian Pacific American culture, African American music, and much, much more!


When: Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7pm sharp

Where: The Asian American Writers Workshop, 16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor, Manhattan, NYC


Fred Ho will be there in person to speak, sign books and perform on his baritone sax. This is his first public event in 2009 after his diagnosis of a new cancer tumor, surgery and long and hard brutal recovery period. Not to be missed!


"Wicked Theory, Naked Practice is both the remarkable autobiography of writer/saxophonist/activist Fred Ho, as well as an impressive treatise on black musicians and jazz that touches on every possible topic from Cal Massey to current Asian American musicians and the sixties movement." -Yuri Kochiyama

"Fred Ho writes as a revolutionary Asian American artist-activist for whom his music and his politics are inseparable parts of his identity. All his life, he has been seeking to navigate between the Scylla of a Marxist universalism that ignores oppressed nationalities and the Charybdis of a cultural particularism that ignores the urgency of political action. His search has led him to advocate a struggle for matriarchal socialism. This is urgent reading for all serious activists." -Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

"Fred Ho's Wicked Theory, Naked Practice is an important work, with critical understanding of the most advanced arts/cultural, political social wave of the last part of the 20th century and the actuality of a new reality and promise for the 21st century, his own errors notwithstanding." -Amiri Baraka

For more than three decades, Fred Ho has been a radical artist and activist. As a composer and saxophonist, he is famed for creating music that fuses Asian and African traditions. The influence of the Black Power and Black Arts movements inspired him to become one of the leading radical Asian American activist-artists. Wicked Theory, Naked Practice is a groundbreaking collection of Ho's writings, speeches, and interviews.

Fred Ho is a composer, musician, scholar, and activist. He was the first Asian American to receive the Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award.

Diane C. Fujino is chair and associate professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Robin D. G. Kelley is professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California.


Bill V. Mullen is professor of English and director of American studies at Purdue University.

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