Research, cultural heritage, and ethnic identity - Evaluating the influence of Kam Big Song Research of the 1950s CQU.pdf (1.23 MB)
Research, cultural heritage, and ethnic identity: Evaluating the influence of Kam Big Song Research of the 1950s
journal contributionposted on 2023-01-30, 00:32 authored by C Ingram, Jiaping WuJiaping Wu
Research into the songs of the Kam (in Chinese, Dong) minority people in southwestern China began in the early 1950s, bringing about the so-called "discovery" of an important group of Kam choral songs that became known in Chinese as dage (big song). Research into big song radically altered academic views of Chinese music, brought about the creation of a new song genre, and had a major influence on the knowledge and promotion of big song outside Kam areas. Research in the 1950s and since has also both directly and indirectly influenced big song singing within Kam communities, and is thus critical to understanding contemporary cultural performance and its implications. Through focusing on 1950s research into Kam big song, this article explores the effects of musical research and demonstrates how deeply those effects can be interconnected with issues of cultural heritage and ethnic identity.
Number of Pages29
PublisherNanzan University, Anthropological Institute, Japan
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External Author AffiliationsUniversity of Sydney