This course examines the relationships between music and modernity in China, Japan, and Korea, and the interactions between the impact of Western music and nationalism and contemporary cultural identities. In particular, it explores the historical significance of the Meiji Restoration on Japanese music tradition, the Japanese influence on Chinese School Songs, the origins of contemporary music in China, Japan, and Korea, the adaptation and preservation of traditional music genres, and the rise of popular music and the music industry. We will focus on the cultural conflicts encountered by East Asian musicians and composers, and their musical explorations and experiments in searching national and individual identities in the processes of nation-building and modernization. The course aims to provide knowledge on East Asian music genres, insight on the issues of global/local cultural contacts, and a better understanding of music's central role in political and social movements in twentieth century East Asia.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC Grading Mode: Graded
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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