Disseminating Chinese music in New Zealand : Jack Body and China, 1985-2015
Citation:Gong, H. (2015, November). Disseminating Chinese Music in New Zealand - Jack Body and China, 1985-2015. Paper presented at International Symposium :Global Perspectives of Chinese Music in the Internet Age, Ningbo University, Zhejiang, China.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3554
Despite the early presence of Chinese music in the Antipodes in the 1860s, as evidenced by the musical activities of Cantonese miners in the goldfields of Otago, the active dissemination of China’s rich and diverse musical culture did not go beyond the Chinese diaspora until the 1980s when Jack Stanley Body (1944-2015), composer, ethnomusicologist, impresario, and widely acknowledged as the “leading light in awakening New Zealand’s interest in Asian music,” became the single most powerful force in the introduction of China’s multi-faceted musical culture to New Zealand and, later, New Zealand music to China.