British Journal of Ethnomusicology

Rethinking music's status as adaptation versus technology: a niche construction perspective
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 210-233

In this article I critique F. R. S. Lawson's evolutionary theorising about music that appeared in a recent issue of "Ethnomusicology Forum". Moreover, I argue that asking whether music is an adaptation or technology, as Lawson does, artificially splits the ...

The transborder dissemination of nanguan in the Hokkien Quadrangle before and after 1945
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 58-85

Nanguan is an ensemble music that has enjoyed high social status and wide popularity in southern Fujian and the Hokkien diaspora. Before 1945, nanguan spread from southern Fujian (particularly Xiamen) outwards through the transborder flow of people, anthologies, records and ...

Transnationalism and everyday practice: Cantonese opera theatres of North America in the 1920s
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 107-130

In the United States, Chinese theatres were prosperous in the 1920s, creating a vibrant Cantonese opera culture in several major cities. They staged performances daily, featuring stellar singers and elaborate productions. As cultural migration, operas played significant roles in Chinese ...

From Cantonese religious procession to Australian cultural heritage: the changing Chinese face of Bendigo's Easter Parade
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 86-106

Chinese processional and musical performances in Australia are the subject of several key studies; however, the origin of the performances or their continuation during the 'White Australia' policy era and their transformations over time are neglected. This article investigates the ...

Cosmopolitan identities: evolving musical cultures of the Straits-born Chinese of pre-World War II Malaya
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 35-57

The Straits Chinese were local-born Chinese who formed an influential class of businessmen providing the connection between the British and the Malays in the colonial port cities of pre-World War II Malaya. Based on analyses of newspaper reports of their ...

Introduction--emergent Sino-soundscapes: musical pasts, transnationalism and multiple identities
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 4-13

Focusing on performative Sino-soundscapes that include the music and sounds of everyday life, this special issue contributes to current dialogues on the meaning of being Chinese and locates those dialogues within the history of Chinese migration ranging from the late ...

Cultural homogeneity, embodied empathy: incorporating musical pasts among Burmese Chinese peoples worldwide
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 14-34

This article delves into the dynamic interplay between musical memory, history making and body performance occurring in the movement of 'pan-Sino-Burmese' ethnicisation, which has taken place since the turn of the twenty-first century. Defined by its participants as tongqiao, this ...