Cross-cultural Research

Founded upon our multicultural Hong Kong demographic and staff of regional studies specialists, we aim to further develop as a leader of scholarly and creative research in East-West, Asian, and Chinese musical contact, and to expand our base of eight cross-cultural researchers with new interdisciplinary positions combining other area interests. The recent hires bring a new bridge from East and Central Asia to Eastern Europe. We seek to develop research on this region as part of the Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative being embraced by Hong Kong institutions. Building upon our successful Belt and Road Lecture and Concert Series of the Silk Road with pipa virtuoso Wu Man (2017), we will utilize external funding schemes to plan text- and practice-based collaborations, conferences, and creative projects along this thematic area.

All Projects


A New Multivoiced World: Bakhtinian Polyphony and the First Chinese- Western Fusion Concerto

Streaming and the Online Chinese Underground: Conversations with Three Hong Kong and Beijing Improvised Music Actors

Networking the Russian Musical Diaspora in Inter-War Shanghai

Spanning the Timbral Divide: Tradition, Multiplicity, and Novelty in Chinese-Western Fusion Concerto Instrumentation

The Developing Timbre Palette of Film Music The Emergence of World Instruments for Non-ethnographic Association

Musical-Dramatic Experimentation in the Yangbanxi: A Case for Precedence in The Great Wall

China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception

Half Moon Rising: Choral Music from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan

Unravelling The East is Red: Socialist Music and Politics in the People’s Republic of China

Performances of Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa or Zheng

Fractured Scenes: Underground Music-Making in Hong Kong and East Asia

Heteroglossia and Traditional Vocal Genres in Chinese-Western Fusion Concertos

Hearing the Second Sino-Japanese War: Musical Nationalism and Internationalism in Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata

Networking the Russian Diaspora: Russian Musicians and Musical Activities in Interwar Shanghai - Russian Contributions to Modern Chinese Music: Alexander Tcherepnin, Aaron Avshalomov, and Experimental Compositions in Pre-1949 Shanghai