New Books

Two new books, one published this year, the other coming out in early February 2009, should be of interest to many readers.

1. The Last of China's Literati: The Music, Poetry and Life of Tsar Teh-yun, Hong Kong University Press, 2008.

Here are two brief reviews from

'In this unassuming biography of a master qin musician, the author (himself a pre-eminent scholar in Chinese musicology) gives a heart-warming portrait of Tsar Teh-yun, who was a living legend in Hong Kong. It is also evocative of a fading world of literary arts in China, which makes this little book even more precious.'– Leo Ou-fan Lee, Professor of Humanities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

'Bell Yung's qin teacher, Tsar Teh-yun, was not only a musician but also a poet, calligrapher, and painter, as befitted a woman the author calls 'the last of China's literati.' Yung's moving homage deserves a wide readership for its insights into the complex dimensions of traditional elite culture in a life well lived.' – Evelyn Rawski, University Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh.

2. Lives in Chinese Music, edited by Helen Rees, University of Illinois Press, (February 2009)

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I'm one of the contributors in this fine collection of essays. My piece is titled 'Gathering A Nation's Music: A Life of Yang Yinliu.'

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