Wan Yeung

After receiving his B.M. degree in guitar performance from the University of California, Irvine, Wan Yeung completed his M.A. degree in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, where he researched Cantonese operatic songs and naamyam narrative singing in Hong Kong. He is currently supported by a Fulbright-Hays grant to conduct dissertation fieldwork in Hong Kong , looking at the sustainability of Cantonese opera in the former colonial city. His other research interests include protest songs in Hong Kong and nanguan/nanyin music in Taiwan and China, which he has presented on at conferences of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the Hawai’i and Southern California Chapter of SEM, and the Study Group on Musics of East Asia of the International Council for Traditional Music. Wan began playing the pipa, a Chinese lute, at 12 while growing up in his native Hong Kong. In addition to two competitions in Hong Kong, he won a gold medal at the 2010 International Chinese Instrument Competition in San Jose, California.

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