Unisonance in kung fu film music, or the Wong Fei-hung theme song as a Cantonese transnational anthem

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dc.contributor.author McGuire, Colin P.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-17T11:04:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-17T11:04:45Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-04
dc.identifier.citation McGuire, C. P. (2018) 'Unisonance in kung fu film music, or the Wong Fei-hung theme song as a Cantonese transnational anthem', Ethnomusicology Forum, 27(1), pp. 48-67. doi: 10.1080/17411912.2018.1463549 en
dc.identifier.volume 27 en
dc.identifier.startpage 48 en
dc.identifier.endpage 67 en
dc.identifier.issn 1741-1912
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6619
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/17411912.2018.1463549
dc.description.abstract Wong Fei-hung was a Cantonese martial arts master from southern China who became associated with a melody called General's Ode'. Since the 1950s, over 100 Hong Kong movies and television shows have forged the link by using this melody as Master Wong's theme. During fieldwork in a Chinese Canadian kung fu club, I observed several consultants claiming this piece as a Cantonese national anthema hymn for a nation without a sovereign state. Virtual ethnography conducted online showed that this opinion is held more widely, but that the piece also inspires broader Chinese nationalist sentiment. My analysis of speech-tone relationships to melodic contour in Cantonese and Mandarin versions of the song, however, has revealed a tight integration with the former that the latter lacked. By sharpening Anderson's concept of unisonance, I explore how this song has become an unofficial transnational anthem for Cantonese people, arguing that Master Wong's theme auralises an abstract sense of imagined community. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council (Grant GOIPD/2016/145) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.relation.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/citedby/10.1080/17411912.2018.1463549
dc.rights © 2018 The Author. Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Anthems en
dc.subject Unisonance en
dc.subject Transnations en
dc.subject Diasporas en
dc.subject Nationalism en
dc.subject Imagined communities en
dc.subject Music and martial arts en
dc.subject Kung fu movies en
dc.subject Hong Kong cinema en
dc.subject Wong Fei-hung en
dc.subject Huang Feihong en
dc.subject Once Upon a Time in China en
dc.subject Cantonese en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject China en
dc.subject Opera en
dc.subject Tone en
dc.title Unisonance in kung fu film music, or the Wong Fei-hung theme song as a Cantonese transnational anthem en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Colin McGuire, Music, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: colin.mcguire@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-08-17T10:59:30Z
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dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Ethnomusicology Forum en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress colin.mcguire@ucc.ie en


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