Associate Professor (ethnomusicology)
Chuen-Fung Wong is an ethnomusicologist whose research focuses on the music of the Uyghur people, who are Turkic-speaking Central Asian Muslims in northwest China. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Uyghur classical muqam, modern instrumental traditions, and popular music. His writings concern issues of ethnicity, musical modernity, and minority nationalism in contemporary Uyghur performance. In addition to Uyghur/Central Asian music, Wong has also carried out research on traditional Chinese music and is himself a performer of the qin, the Chinese seven-string zither. He is editor and coauthor of Listening to Chinese Music (2009) and has recently completed an English translation of the Cantonese opera Purple Hairpin (forthcoming). Wong is recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a few other major grants. Courses taught at Macalester College include World Music, Ethnomusicology, Chinese Music, Uyghur Culture and Society, World Music Theory and Analysis, and Music, Race, and Ethnicity.
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. and M.Phil., Chinese University of Hong Kong