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Hon-Lun Helan Yang

Prof. Hon-Lun Helan Yang

Programme Director of Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Creative Industries and Professor, Department of Music

Phone number3411-7329
ORCID number0000-0003-3373-2534



B.A. (CUHK), M.A. (University of Texas at Austin), Ph.D. (Washington University in St. Louis)

Research area(s):

Contemporary Chinese music; Chinese and Hong Kong popular music; music and politics; music censorship; migration and music; transnational and global musical networks; nationalism and identity  

Teaching area(s):

Western music history; Cantopop; Music and Society

Selected output(s):

•    Yang, Hon-Lun,  Simo Mikkonen & John Winzenburg. 2020. Networking the Russian Musical Diaspora in Inter-War Shanghai. University of Hawaii Press.
•    Yang, Hon-Lun. 2019. “Music, Class, and Censorship. Songs of the Outcast: Popular Music, Class, and Censorship in the PRC.” The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class. New York, Bloomsbury Publishing, 161-182.
•    Yang, Hon-Lun. 2019. “Hearing the Second Sino-Japanese War: Musical Nationalism and Internationalism in Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata,” Journal of Musicological Research 38 (1): 16-31.
•    Yang, Hon-Lun & Michael Saffle eds. 2017. China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception, University of Michigan Press.
•    Yang, Hon-Lun. 2016. “Unravelling The East is Red: Socialist Music and Politics in the People’s Republic of China.” Composing for the State: Music in Twentieth-Century Dictatorships, eds. Esteban Buch, Igor Contreras Zubillaga, Manuel Deniz Silva. New York: Ashgate/Routledge, 51-68.

Current project(s):

•    2019-2021. Made in Hong Kong: Technology and Cantopop Creativity in the 2000s, General Research Fund of the Hong Kong University Grant Council (with Edmond Tsang): (GRF12609119) (HK$296,000)

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