Chuen-Fung Wong

Associate Professor (ethnomusicology) and Chair

Music Building, 216
Telephone: 651-696-6520

Chuen-Fung Wong is Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Macalester College. He joined Macalester College immediately after receiving his Ph.D. degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. His main research concerns the music of the Uyghur people, who are Turkic-speaking Muslims from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Wong writes in both English and Chinese and has authored over a dozen scholarly articles in journals and edited volumes. His publications address issues ranging from musical modernity and minority nationalism to cultural revival and musical exoticism. He is editor and co-author of Listening to Chinese Music, and is himself a performer of the qin, the Chinese seven-string zither.

Wong is recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), and has received grants from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), among other granting institutions. He is co-chair of Society for Ethnomusicology’s Special Interest Group of the Music in Iran and Central Asia (SIGMICA) (2012–2014), and has previously served as board member of the Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR) (2006–2009) and co-editor of its newsletter (2008–2009). At Macalester College, Wong teaches courses such as World Music; Ethnomusicology; Music, Race, and Ethnicity; Chinese Music; and Uyghur Culture and Society. He also leads the Macalester Asian Music Ensemble, which performs a variety of traditional music from East, Southeast, and Central Asia.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. and M.Phil., Chinese University of Hong Kong