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Cui Jian

Artist Pages

...Often referred to as “Old Cui” or “the Father of Chinese Rock,” Cui Jian’s career brought him into direct confrontation with the Chinese government. Cui was born in Beijing in 1961 to Korean parents; his father was a trumpet player and his...

Chinese Religions and Popular Music

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...In this chapter, Note on transliteration: Throughout this chapter, Mandarin pinyin is used for most Chinese words and phrases. However, for song titles or quoted lyrics, either Mandarin or Cantonese pinyin are used, depending...

Timbre, taste and epistemic tasks

Music as Atmosphere : Collective Feelings and Affective Sounds

Taylor & Francis Group, 2020

Scholarly Books

...There is a residual timbral amnesia in overly-WEIRD music scholarship. The acronym WEIRD was coined to describe “western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic” ethnocentrism (Henrich, Heine, and Norenzayan 2010).I would like...

“Change the World Gently with Singing”: Queer Audibility and Soft Activism in China

Sound Communities in the Asia Pacific : Music, Media, and Technology

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

Scholarly Books

...On June 9, 2018, the first national queer choir concert, The Journey of Light, was held in the concert hall at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. For the first time, seven LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer...

Songs of the Outcast: Popular Music, Class, and Censorship in the PRC

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...Popular music is sensitive to what is happening in society. A product of the negotiation of many fields—the political, the social, the cultural, and also the aesthetical—it reflects the society, but at the same time, it has its own...

Superficial Profundity: Performative Translation of the Dancing Body in Contemporary Taiwanese Popular Culture

Bodies of Sound : Studies Across Popular Music and Dance

Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Dance, arguably, is one of the most prominent phenomena in contemporary popular culture. From international superstars ranging from Madonna, Beyoncé and the late Michael Jackson, to the more regionally-based dance icons such as Namie Amuro...

The Party and the People: Shifting Sonic Politics in Post-1949 Tiananmen Square

Sound Communities in the Asia Pacific : Music, Media, and Technology

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

Scholarly Books

...To most people visiting Beijing’s Tiananmen Square today, from the Chinese mainland or elsewhere, it is images from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) era (post-1949) that would most likely be called to mind. Tiananmen Square is a public...
...Introduction Nanyin is a form of musical performing arts recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2009. Besides being performed in the Fujian Province of China, where it was created and developed, today...

Hong Kong

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 6,787,000 (2002) Hong Kong, a territory made up of three main areas (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories), was ceded to Britain after two Opium Wars in the middle of the nineteenth...

Bringing the Past to Life

Min Yen Ong

Min Yen Ong is an ethnomusicologist at the University of Cambridge, UK. She holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London, UK, and was previously a research fellow in ethnomusicology at the University of Nottingham, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Presence Through Sound : Music and Place in East Asia

Taylor & Francis Group, 2020

Scholarly Books

...Suzhou’s rich local flavours have not been heard in a long time: these estranged and yet familiar refined melodies of home. The honour belongs to kunqu and suju. Praise be given to the land of Suzhou that nurtured us … may the heavens...