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September 29, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Chuen-Fung Wong

Representing the Uyghur Musical Other in Modern Chinese Music

October 5, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk concerns the orientalizing strategies employed in constructing a minority otherness through the large amount of post-1950s minority-styled Chinese musical compositions, with reference to elements and styles appropriated from the traditional music of the Uyghur people, Turkic-speaking Muslims in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang. The "good-at-singing-and-dancing" discourse so often constructed in these minority-themed musical performances, I suggest, bears significant implications for Chinese musical nationalism and modernity in the twentieth century. This talk also contributes to the broader discussion of musical exoticism and minority politics in modern Chinese performing arts.

Chuen-Fung Wong received a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Macalester College, Minnesota. His research interests include Uyghur music and minority modernity in China, as well as the music of the guqin (seven-string zither). He is the editor and co-author of Listening to Chinese Music (Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2009).

RELATED TALK by Chuen-Fung Wong at U-M:
Confucius Institute Roundtable Discussion:

Uyghur popular music and minority nationalism in China


Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:00PM
Great Lakes South, Palmer Commons
University of Michigan Central Campus
100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

Light refreshments will be served.

Posted by zzhu at September 29, 2010 03:44 PM