Community music in East Asia

Chi Cheung Lawrence LEUNG, Mari SHIOBARA, Christine YAU

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Community music in East Asia is popular, plentiful, and protean. This chapter focuses on three examples of this diversity from Hong Kong (China), Kokubunji (Japan), and Shenzhen (China). Chi Cheung Leung shares his personal experience of the operation of a modern Chinese orchestra in Hong Kong and discusses ways to survive strategically under limited workforce and funding provisions, stressing the importance of continual growth and sustainable development of an orchestra. Mari Shiobara focuses on one of the traditional Japanese singing art forms, min’yō, explaining how the practice of oral tradition survives in transmitting the art form in modern society, the supporting system in the community, and provisions in the school sector. Christine Yau describes the promotion of the Red Songs to maintain a harmonized society by the Chinese government and explores the transformative and representative functions of the Red Songs in their historical and modern contexts. Copyright © 2013 by Kari K. Veblen, Stephen J. Messenger, Marissa Silverman, David J. Elliott.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity music today
EditorsKari K. VEBLEN, Stephen J. MESSENGER, Marissa SILVERMAN, David J. ELLIOTT
Place of PublicationLanham, Md.
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Education
ISBN (Electronic)9781607093213
ISBN (Print)9781607093190, 9781607093206
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Leung, C. C., Shiobara, M., & Yau, C. (2013). Community music in East Asia. In K. K. Veblen, S. J. Messenger, M. Silverman, & D. J. Elliott (Eds.), Community music today (pp. 100-117). Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Education.


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