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Research, cultural heritage, and ethnic identity: Evaluating the influence of Kam Big Song Research of the 1950s

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posted 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.

History

Volume

76

Issue

1

Start Page

65

End Page

93

Number of Pages

29

ISSN

1882-6865

Publisher

Nanzan University, Anthropological Institute, Japan

Additional Rights

CC-BY-NC

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

External Author Affiliations

University of Sydney

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Asian Ethnology