The history of the stereotyped "Asian" melodic riff

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Carl Douglas’s 1974 Kung Fu Fighting made it ubiquitous, but NPR found that the distinctive, stereotyped combination of rhythm and scale dates to the 19th century , and arrived at its exact nine-note form in the 1930s: “It doesn’t come from Chinese folk music; it’s just a caricature”

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The history of the stereotyped "Asian" melodic riff

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