Associate Professor (ethnomusicology and chair)

Music Building, 216

Chuen-Fung Wong is Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Macalester College. He received his Ph.D. degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research concerns the performing arts in China, Central Asia, and the broader Asian region, focusing on the music of the Uyghur, who are Turkic-speaking Muslims residing in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Wong publishes in both English and Chinese and has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed scholarly articles in journals and edited volumes. His publications address issues ranging from musical modernity and minority nationalism to cultural revival and musical exoticism. Wong is editor and co-author of Listening to Chinese Music (The Commercial Press, 2009) and The Chinese Soundscapes (Hong Kong University Press, 2018). He performs, as a soloist, on the Chinese seven-string zither qin, and directs traditional Chinese chamber music ensembles in both Minneapolis-St. Paul and Hong Kong.

Wong is recipient of National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) fellowship (2009–2010), Rulan Chao Pian Prize for the best Chinese music publication (2013), Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) grant (2016–2018), Outstanding Young Researcher Award at Hong Kong Baptist University (2017), among other awards, grants, and fellowships. He currently serves as President of the Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR), and was previously co-chair of Society for Ethnomusicology’s Special Interest Group of the Music in Iran and Central Asia (SIGMICA) and editor of ACMR Newsletter. At Macalester College, Wong teaches courses such as World Music; Ethnomusicology; Music, Race, and Ethnicity; Chinese Music; and Uyghur Culture and Society. He also directs the Macalester Asian Music Ensemble, which performs a variety of chamber styles from China and other parts of Asia.

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