Qualification: Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh
Ying-fen Wang (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1992) was the founding director of the Graduate Institute of Musicology at National Taiwan University (NTU) where she is Distinguished Professor. She is also the first musicologist to receive the Outstanding Research Award of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Her main research interests have been nanguan music and the history of music in Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period. The former includes the classification system and creative process of nanguan songs as well as nanguan as intangible heritage. The latter includes Japanese musicologists’ research of Taiwanese music before 1945, recording industry, radio programs, and the continuity and change of Indigenous musical life. She collaborated with NTU Library and TMBC to create the Taiwan Nichinichi Shinpo Sound Culture Database (2020), which contains 360,000 entries and more than 20 million characters of keywords and provides rich data for studying the musical life in colonial Taiwan. She was in charge of the founding of GIM’s Ph.D program in 2015. She was also in charge of bringing forth GIM’s Asian ensemble courses since 2017. She has been offering courses of Balinese gamelan music and dance since 2018 and helped founded the NTU Gamelan Club.
- Founding Chair of the Executive Board of ICTM’s Study Group for Musics of East Asia (2006-2010)
- Chair of the Steering Committee of IMS’s East Asia Regional Associaiton (2011-2013)
- Convenor of the Arts Discipline of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2016-2018)
- President of Taiwan Musicological Society (2016-2018)
- Theory and Method of Musicology
- Music in Asia
- Introduction to Taiwan Music
- Historical Sources of Taiwan Music
- Seminar on Music History in Taiwan
- Historical Recordings and Taiwan Music
- Analysis of Historical Recordings
- Recording Industry in Pre-1945 East Asia
- Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance
- Sound Media in Colonial Taiwan
- Outstanding Research Award of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2015)
- Rulan Chao Pian Prize of Association for Chinese Music Research (2017)
2019 〈學校教育中的傳統音樂和世界音樂：導言〉。《民俗曲藝》203: 1-33.
2018 “IFMC, Masu Genjiro, Kuorsawa Takatomo, and Their Recordings of Taiwanese Music.” Yearbook for Traditional Music 50: 71-90.
2017.6 〈無形文化遺產與傳統表演藝術：導言〉。「無形文化遺產與傳統表演藝術」專輯（王櫻芬主編）。《民俗曲藝》196: 1-14.
2016.4 “The Transborder Dissemination of Nanguan in the Hokkien Quandrangle before and after 1945.” Special issue on “Emergent Sino-Soundscapes: Musical Pasts, Transnationalism and Identities,” guest edited by Tan Sooi Beng and Nancy Rao. Ethnomusicology Forum 25(1): 58-85. (A&HCI)
2013.12 〈作出臺灣味：日本蓄音器商會臺灣唱片產製策略初探〉。「藝術範型的形成、傳播與轉化」專輯。《民俗曲藝》182: 1-49. (TSSCI)
2012.11 “Zhang Fuxing’s Musical Negotiation between Tradition and Modernity.” Special issue on “Colonial Modernity and East Asian Music,” guest edited by Hugh de Ferranti and Yamauchi Fumitaka. The World of Music (New Series), 1-2012: 15-46. (A&HCI)
2012.12 〈導言：錄音科技與臺灣音樂—近年研究回顧〉。「錄音科技與臺灣音樂」專輯（王櫻芬主編）。《民俗曲藝》178: 1-24. (TSSCI)
2012.12 〈一九三〇年代臺灣南管約人潘榮枝的跨界與創新〉。「錄音科技與臺灣音樂」專輯（王櫻芬主編）。《民俗曲藝》178: 25-73. (TSSCI)
2011.3 〈前言〉。「臺灣音樂的研究新動向」（王櫻芬主編）。《民俗曲藝》171: 1-9.
2008.6 〈聽見臺灣：試論古倫美亞唱片在臺灣音樂史上的意義〉。《民俗曲藝》160: 169-196. (TSSCI)
2006.6. 〈南管曲目分類系統及其作用〉。《民俗曲藝》152: 253-297. (TSSCI)
2005.6 〈殖民化與全球化：從日治時期音樂學者的調查紀錄看臺灣原住民音樂的變遷及其成因〉《民俗曲藝》148: 43-102. (TSSCI)
2004.11 〈戰時臺灣漢人音樂的禁止與「復活」：以1943年臺灣民族音樂調查的見聞為討論基礎〉。《文史哲學報》61: 1-24.
2003.9 “Introduction”. Special Issue on “Cultural Policy and Traditional Performing Arts in Asia.” Min-su ch’ü-yi (Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theatre and Folklore) 141: 1-11. (TSSCI)
2003.9 “Amateur Music Clubs and State Intervention: The Case of Nanguan Music in Postwar Taiwan.” Special Issue on “Cultural Policy and Traditional Performing Arts in Asia.” Min-su ch’ü-yi (Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theatre and Folklore) 141: 95-167. (TSSCI)
2000 “In Memorium: Hsu Tsang-houei 1929-2001.” Association for Chinese Music Research Report 13: 129-32.
1995 〈臺灣南管音樂變遷初探—以近十年來(1984-1994)的臺北地區南管社團活動為例〉。《傳統藝術研究》1: 111-22.
1992a “The ‘Mosaic Structure’ of Nanguan Songs: An Application of Semiotic Analysis.” Yearbook for Traditional Music 24: 24-51.
1992b 〈明刊閩南戲曲絃管選本三種評介〉。《中央圖書館館刊》25(2): 211-20.
4. 曲譜校訂本（critical edition）
In progress “Gramophone Industry and Musical Genres in Colonial Taiwan.” In Formations of Phonographic Modernity: Exploring Gramophone Industry and Musical Genres in East and Southeast Asia, edited by Yamauchi Fumitaka and Ying-fen Wang. Urbana Champaign: University of Illinois Press.
2021 “Resounding Colonial Taiwan through Historical Recordings: Some Methodological Reflections.” In Resounding Taiwan: Musical Reverberations Across A Vital Island, edited by Nancy Guy, 9-27. New York: Routledge.
2017 〈導讀〉。收於王櫻芬主編《百年踅音：田邊尚雄臺廈音樂踏查記》， xiv-xxxiv。臺北：臺灣大學出版中心。
2013 “Arirang in Taiwan: A Sketch of Its Reception History.” In Arirang in Korean Culture and Beyond: Arirang from Diverse Perspectives, edited by Sheen Dae-cheol, 230-238. Seoul: Academy of Korean Studies.
2012 (片倉健博譯)〈冷戰期南管にみるメデイア·地域の相互連関〉（由冷戰期南管看媒體和地域的相互關聯）。收於三澤真美惠、川島真、佐藤卓己編《電波·電影·電視：現代東アジアの連鎖するメデイア》（電波·電影·電視：現代東亞的連鎖媒體）, 209-242。東京：青弓社。
2012 “Lessons from the Past: Nanguan/Nanyin and the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Taiwan.” Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage: Policy, Ideology, and Practice in the Preservation of East Asian Traditions, edited by Keith Howard, 161-180. London: Ashgate.
2002a “Music and Chinese Society: Contemporary Taiwan.” In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 7, East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, edited by Robert Provine, Yosihiko Tokumaru, and J. Lawrence Witzleben, 423-429. New York: Routledge.
2002b “Ensembles: Nanguan.” In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 7, East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, edited by Robert Provine, Yosihiko Tokumaru, and J. Lawrence Witzleben, 205-209. New York: Routledge.
2000b “Taiwan: From Innocence to Funny Rap.” In Rough Guide to World Music, Vol. 2, revised and enlarged edition, eds. Simon Broughton and Mark Ellingham, 235-40. London: Rough Guide Ltd.
1997 “Nanguan yinyue’ (Nanguan Music). In Taiwan yinyue yuelan [A Survey of Taiwan Music], 40-53. Taipei: Yushanshe.
2022 “Singing Across Boundary through Sound Media: The Case of Chunchun in Colonial Taiwan.” Paper presented at Nagoya University International Symposium “The Cultural History of Sound/Voice,” January 29-30, Nagoya University, Japan (online).
2021a “The Reception and Indigenization of Harmonica in Colonial Taiwan.” Paper presented at the First Conference of the IMS Study Group on the Global History of Music “Music in the Pacific World: Change and Exchange through Sound and Memory,” October 14-17, Taipei, Taiwan (online).
2021b “Kurosawa Takatomo’s 1939 Fieldwork in Southeast Asia and His Study of Taiwanese Indigenous Music.” Paper presented at the 6th Symposium of ICTM Study Group for Performing Arts in Southeast Asia, July 29-August 4, Tainan, Taiwan (online).
2021c “From Ilisin to Tsukimisai: The Colonial Intervention in Amis Harvest Festival in Colonial Taiwan.” Paper presented at 2021 International Colloquium “Japanese Colonialism and Music in Taiwan and Korea”, March 27-28, Taipei, Taiwan (online).
2019 “An Outline History of (Ethno)musicology in Taiwan.” Paper presented at the 45th International Council for World Music World Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, July 11-17.
2018a “Reconstructing Taiwan Music History through Newspaper and 78-rpm Record Database.” The 3rd ICTM Forum, Beijing, China, July 11-14.
2018b 〈從報紙和唱片重建日治時期臺灣音樂史〉。收於顏綠芬編《重建臺灣音樂史研討會論文集》， 149-158。宜蘭：國立傳統藝術中心。
2017a “Recording Industry in Colonial Taiwan.” Paper presented at “Recording Industry in East and Southeast Asia in the 78 RPM Era International Workshop”, National Center for Traditional Arts, Yilan, Taiwan, November 27-28.
2017c “The Making of Popular Songs by Nippon Phonograph Company in Colonial Taiwan.” Paper presented by the 62nd Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Denver, USA, October 25-29.
2017d “IFMC, Masu, Kurosawa, and Their Recording of Taiwanese Music.” Paper presented at the 44th World Conference of International Council for Traditional Music, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, July 13-19.
2017e “Kurosawa Takatomo and Comparative Musicology.” Paper presented at the 20th Quinquennial Congress of International Musicological Society, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan, March 20-24.
2017f “Broadcasting Hokkienese: Radio and Nanguan/Nanyin Music in Malaysia and Singapore.” Paper presented at the conference “Asian Diasporas: Transnational and Regional Cultural Heritage(s)”, Singapore, February 18.
2014 “Reconstructing the History of Music in Colonial Taiwan through Newspapers and 78 RPM Records.” Paper presented at Public Lecture and Symposium “Music and Modernity in East Asia: Creating Music Databases”, Kyoto University of Arts Research Center for Japanese Traditional Music, November 20-21.
2013a “Reconstructing the History of Music in Colonial Taiwan through Newspapers and 78 RPM Records.” Paper presented at the Conference “Keeping Music Alive: Innovative Approaches to Music Documentation and Interpretation”, Ewha Music Research Cenber, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, Nov. 8-9.
2013b “New Approaches to Studying Columbia Records.” Paper presented at the Forum “East-West Dialogue: China’s Musical History from a Global Perspective”, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, April 30.
2012a “A New Era for Studying Taiwan’s Musical Past.” Paper presented at the Symposium “Modernity in East Asian Music: The West, Tradition, and Beyond”, Ewha Music Research Center, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, Nov. 19-21.
2011a “Arirang in Taiwan: A Sketch of Its Reception History.” Paper presented at the Arirang International Conference, Dec. 14-15, Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul, Korea.
2011d “Nanguan chuanbo meijie yu diyu hudong” (The Mass Mediation and Regional Interaction of Nanguan during the Cold War). Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Taiwan Anthropological Society, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
2011e “Musicology in Taiwan.” Presented at Conference on “Current Musicological Scene in East Asia,” East Asian Regional Associational of International Musicological Society, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, September 16-18.
2010b “Sounds from the Homeland: The 78-rpm Records of Nanguan Music in the Southern Fukienese Diaspora.” Paper presented at the Second Conference of the ICTM Study Group for Musics of East Asia (MEA), the Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul, Republic of South Korea, August 24-26.
2010c “Zhang Fuxing’s Musical Negotiation of Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Taiwan.” Paper presented at the Workshop “Music Networks and Colonial Modernity in Metropolitan East Asia”. University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, April 9.
2010d “Lessons from the Past: Nanguan and the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Taiwan.” Paper presented at the conference “Preserving Tradition, Facing the Future in Asian Musical and Visual Cultures.” University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, April 8-10.
2010e 〈作出臺灣味：日治時期臺灣古倫美亞唱片〉。宣讀於日本大阪國立民族學博物館主辦Symposium on ”Listening to Voices and Instruments Recorded on Old Discs,” National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan, February 11-12.
2009b “Mass Media and Nanguan Musicians’ Innovation in Colonial Taiwan: A Case Study of Pan Rongzhi (1905-1947).” Presented at “sounds Chinese: Performance, Commodification, and Interpretation”, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan, July 17-19.
2008a “A New Era for the Study of Taiwan Music History.” Presented at the Pre-conference of the Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown,Connecticut, Oct. 24.
2008b “Jazzing up Nanguan: Pan Rongzhi’s Innovation of Nanguan Music in Taiwan in the 1930s.” Paper “Paper presented at “The Age of the 78s in East Asia: Sound Recordings and Associative Modernity” International Symposium, jointly organized by National Museum of Ethnology and Graduate Institute of Musicology of National Taiwan University. Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 12-13.
2006a “Crossing Boundaries: Columbia Records, Radio and the Changing Soundscape in Taiwan During the 1920s and 30s.” Paper presented at International Conference “East Asia Music and Modernity” (as part of the 2006 Asia Pacific Traditional Arts Festival), Yi-lan, Taiwan, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
2006b “Crossing Boundaries: Columbia Records, Radio and the Changing Soundscape in Taiwan during the 1920s and 30s.” Paper presented at the “Music, Theatre and Taiwan” Workshop, Insittute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, August 25.
2004 “Nanguan Music in Cross-strait Exchanges between Taiwan and Fujian: A Social History.” Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference of International Council for Traditional Music, 4-11 January, Fuzhou and Quanzhou, Fujian, China.
2003 “The Significance of Binary Durational Ratio in Nanguan Music”. In A Search in Asia for a New Theory of Music, edited by Jose Buencosejo, 145-159. Quezon: UP (University of the Philippines) Center for Ethnomusicology.
1997a 〈臺灣南管一百年：社會變遷、文化政策、與南管活動〉。收於陳郁秀編《音樂臺灣一百年論文集》“Taiwan nanguan yibainian: Shehui bianqian, wenhua zhengce, yu nanguan huodong”，86-130。臺北：白鷺鷥基金會。
1996 “For Better or For Worse: State Involvement in the Transmission of Nanguan in Taiwan.” In Dynamics of Asian Music: Tradition and Its Modification, ed. Tomoaki Fujii. Osaka, Japan: National Museum of Ethnology.
2004.6 Musical Instruments, Material Culture, and Meaning: Toward an Ethno-Organology, special issue, Min-su ch’ü-yi (Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theatre and Folklore) 146, co-edited with Henry Johnson. (TSSCI)
2003.9 Cultural Policy and Traditional Performing Arts in Asia, special issue, Min-su ch’ü-yi (Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theatre and Folklore) 141. (TSSCI)
1998 Review of Folk music of China: Living Instrumental Traditions by Stephen Jones (Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1994). The Journal of Asian Studies, 57(3): 827-29.
1990 Review of Yuan sanqu de yinyue [The music of the Yuan arias] by Sun Xuanling (Beijing: Wenhua Yishu Chubanshe, 1988). Association for Chinese Music Research Newsletter, 3(2): 8.
1987 The Ethelbert Nevin Collection at the University of Pittsburgh. Unpublished bound copy deposited at the University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library.
1995a 〈明清的南管〉。《民俗曲藝》94/95: 1-17.
1995b 〈有聲資料中心在現今民族音樂學中的角色〉。《臺灣有聲資料庫》2(2): 48-59.
1989a Chinese translation of “A Courtly Edict for Javanese Music, by Mantle Hood.“ In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Chinese Ethnomusicology, 5-12. Taipei: Council for Cultural Planning and Development, Executive Yuan.
1989b Chinese translation of “The Concept of Tetrachord in East Korean Folk Song.” In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Chinese Ethnomusicology, 13-16. Taipei: Council for Cultural Planning and Development, Executive Yuan.
1989c Chinese translation of “The Polyphonic Singing of the Peole in Asian Cultures, by Tomoaki Fujii.” In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Chinese Ethnomusicology, 36-37. Taipei: Council for Cultural Planning and Development, Executive Yuan.
1989d Chinese translation of “The Present State of Research in Korean Musicology, by Han Man-young.” In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Chinese Ethnomusicology, 359-61. Taipei: Council for Cultural Planning and Development, Executive Yuan.
1989e Chinese translation of “The Ethnomusicological Study in Japan National Museum of Ethnology, by Tomoaki Fujii.” In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Chinese Ethnomusicology, 51-52. Taipei: Council for Cultural Planning and Development, Executive Yuan.
2017 〈音樂學近年來的發展趨勢〉。《人文與社會科學簡訊》18(3): 76-80.
2016 〈拼圖的樂趣，體會過程的重要〉。《人文與社會科學簡訊》17(3): 82-85.
Have been actively participating in international conferences since 1986. Organized and oversaw the following conferences: the Fourth Conference of the Asia-Pacific Society for Ethnomusicology (1998), Joint Conference on the 78s Era in East Asia in collaboration with National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka (2008), NTU-CUHK joint conferences (2009 to 2012), the Second Conference of the East Asia Regional Association of International Musicological Society (IMS) (2013). Held the a gala concert of Balinese gamelan music and dance in June 2019, which was so well received that NTU gamelan was invited to perform for the Indonesian National Day held by KDEI in Taipei (2019) and then in the opening ceremony of the Indonesian Month organized by the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum. This year NTU gamelan is one of the 30 gamelan groups from all over the world that have been invited by the Balinese government to participate in its First Bali World Culture Celebration to be held online in June 2022.