Filipina-Canadian Rapper HanHan Talks Diversity, Writing, and Cultural Appropriation

Filipina-Canadian rapper HanHan opens up about her writing process, thoughts on diversity within the music industry in Canada, and the challenges behind fusing folk traditions with contemporary music. As a Filipina artist, HanHan has chosen to stay true to her native tongues Tagalog and Cebuano yet her songs are universal. She touches upon a diverse range of topics within her music from the social and cultural to her own personal growth through life as a woman and immigrant. HanHan performed at the 9th annual Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver.

“As an artist from the diaspora, the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation for me, is in the intent,” says HanHan. 

You can listen to HanHan’s answers to a few of Vancouver Weekly’s questions below. To listen to all HanHan’s responses in combination with a number of other musicians on these and other topic questions, check out our app partner Sayy.it and get your exclusive beta invite for full access.

HanHan: On writing

HanHan
What is your writing process?
HanHan What is your writing process?

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HanHan: On diversity:

HanHan
What does diversity mean to you in the music industry?
HanHan What does diversity mean to you in the music industry?

 

 

HanHan: Fusing folk traditions with contemporary music

HanHan
What are your thoughts on fusions within folk tradition?
HanHan What are your thoughts on fusions within folk tradition?
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