Mary Talusan Lacanlale publishes and should be cited as “Mary Talusan.”

Available now from Smithsonian Folkways


Talusan, Mary. (in press). Filipinos in Greater Boston. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press.

Talusan, Mary and Bernard Ellorin. (in press). “Reframing & Reclaiming Kulintang Music: Countering Written History with Contemporary Reality.” In Media and Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines, edited by Jason Telles. London: Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies). (peer-reviewed)

Talusan, Mary. (in progress). “The Philippines.” Colonial Footprints, Vieques, Puerto Rico, edited by Bonnie Donohue.


Talusan, Mary. 2022. “‘Our Culture Resounds, Our Future Reveals’: Building a Resource for Filipinx American Performing Arts.” Alon: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies 2(2): 147-152. (peer-reviewed)


Kulintang Kultura: Danongan Kalanduyan and Gong Music of the Philippine Diaspora. Smithsonian Folkways.

“Filipino Festivals in Southern California” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

“Tradition and Innovation in the Dayunday Courtship Drama of the Magindanao, Muslim Filipinos from the Southern Philippines” in Routledge Handbook of Asian Music: Cultural Intersections. London: Routledge.


Lipat-Chesler, Eleanor and Mary Talusan. 2020. Our Culture Resounds, Our Future Reveals: A Legacy of Filipino American Performing Arts in CaliforniaLos Angeles: Ube Arte.

“Philippine Music” and “Kulintang” in Music around the World, Vol. 4: Asia and the Pacific. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2020.

“‘Resilient Music at the Margins’ by José Buenconsejo.” Multimedia Review for Asian Music: Journal for the Society of Asian Music 51/1: 142-147. University of Texas Press, 2020.

2010 – 2019

“Pedro Navarro (1879-1952)” in CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art 2nd edition, vol. 7, edited by José Buenconsejo, 630-1. Manila, Philippines: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2018.

“Hearing with an Imperial Ear: Racializing the Philippine Constabulary Band and African American Conductor Lt. Walter H. Loving” in Philippine Modernities, Commemorating 100 Years of UP College of Music, edited by José Buenconsejo, 165-186. Manila, PI: University of Philippine Press, 2018.

Saysay Himig: An Anthology of Transcultural Filipino Music (1880-1941).” Multimedia Review for Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities Asia 7/2: 67-91. Ateneo de Manila Press, 2017.

“Kulintang: Gong Music from Mindanao and the Southern Philippines and Maranao Culture at Home in the Diaspora.” Multimedia Review for Asian Music: Journal for the Society for Asian Music 48/1: 135-139, University of Texas Press, 2017.

“Muslim Filipino Traditions in Filipino American Popular Culture,” chapter 21 in Muslims and American Popular CultureAnne Rypstat Richards and Iraj Omidvar, eds., 387-404. New York: Praeger, 2014.

“Music, Race, and Imperialism: The Philippine Constabulary Band at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair,” chapter in Mixed Blessing: The Impact of the American Colonial Experience on Politics and Society in the Philippines edited by Hazel M. McFerson, 146-170. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2013.

Entries for “Eleanor Academia,” “Jerome Fontamillas,” “Danongan Kalanduyan,” and “Susie Ibarra,” in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

1999 – 2010.

From Rebel Songs to Moro Songs: Martial Law and Muslim Filipino Protest.” Special issue of “Music Hybridities” in Humanities Diliman Journal 7(1): 85-110, 2010.

“Gendering the Philippine Brass Band: Women of the Ligaya Band and National University Band, 1920s-1930s.” Musika Jornal 5: 33-56, 2009.

Music, Race, and Imperialism: The Philippine Constabulary Band at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.” Philippine Studies Quarterly 52(4): 499-526, 2004.

Cultural Localization and Transnational Flows: Music in the Magindanaon Communities of the Philippines, Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005. (Access the accompanying CD and DVDs at UCLA’s Ethnomusicology Archive.)

Reconstructing Identity: Appropriation and Representation of Kulintang Music in the United States, M.A. thesis, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999.

Publications that Cite My Work:

Rempe, M. 2017. “Cultural Brokers in Uniform: The Global Rise of Military Musicians and Their Music,” Itinerario, 41(2), 327-352.

Pinzon, Jocelyn C. 2015. “Remembering Philippine History: Satire in Popular Songs,” South East Asia Research 23(3): 423-442.

Tan, Arwin Q. 2014. “Reproduction of Cultural and Social Capital in Nineteenth Century Spanish Regimental Bands of the Philippines,” Humanities Diliman 11(2): 61-89.

Persoon, Gerard A. 2014. “‘Queen Wilhelmina, Mother of the Mentawaians’: The Dutch National Anthem in Indonesia as Part of the Music Culture of Siberut,” in Recollecting Resonances: Indonesia-Dutch Music Encounters. Edited by Bart Barendregt and Els Bogaerts. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishing.

Burns, Lucy Mae San Pablo. 2012. Puro arte: Filipinos on the stages of empire. New York: New York University Press.

Zecker, Robert. 2011. Race and America’s immigrant press: how the Slovaks were taught to think like white people. New York: Continuum.

Costes Onishi, Pamela. 2010. “Kulintang Stateside: Issues on Authenticity of Transformed Musical Traditions Contextualized within the Global/Local Traffic.” Humanities Diliman 7(10).

Moon, Krystyn R. 2010. “The Quest for Music’s Origin at the St. Louis World’s Fair: Frances Densmore and the Racialization of Music.” American Music. 28 (2): 191-210.

Rotter, Andrew J. 2011. “Empire of the Senses: How Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching Shaped Imperial Encounters,” Diplomatic History 35(1): 3-19.

Cunningham, Roger D. 2007. “‘The Loving Touch’: Walter H. Loving’s Five Decades of Military Music.” ARMY HISTORY, PB 20-07-1 (No. 64).

Mentioned in Acknowledgements:

Balance, Christine B. 2016. Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America. Durham: Duke University Press.

Ellorin, Bernard. 2015. Trans-cultural Commodities:The Sama-Bajau Music Industries and Identities of Maritime Southeast Asia. PhD diss., University of Hawaii.

Poblete, JoAnna. 2014. Islanders in the Empire: Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai’i. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Nubla, Gladys-Pamela Miranda. 2014. Children of Empire: Postcolonial Agency, Sexuality, and Filipino/American Contact Zones. PhD diss., UC Berkeley.

Jankowsky, Richard C. 2010. Stambeli: Music, Trance, and Alterity in Tunisia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Gonzalves, Theodore S. 2009. The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Photo Publications:

University of the Philippines, College of Music. 2013. “Capt. Pedro B. Navarro, First Filipino Conductor of the Philippine Constabulary Band.” (Curator)

University of Hawaii, Manoa. 2007. Center for Southeast Asian Studies organized “Islamic Cultures in Reflection: A Southeast Asia Photograph Exhibition.” (Photographer)

Philippines’ first celebration of Eid ul-Fitr as a national holiday, 5 December 2002. Maharlika Village, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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