About this group
We are a group dedicated to the study of musics and soundscapes of East Asia, East Asian diasporas, and other milieus culturally proximate to (even if geographically distant from) East Asia–as well as the imagination of these cultural spheres–from a broadly global, comparative perspective, critiquing and crossing the non-/Western musical divide. We adopt a global, network, or assemblage perspective on research that emphasizes the intersection of local, minoritarian, national, regional, post/colonial, decolonial, and deimperial forces, whether the geographical sites involved are located in Asia or elsewhere. Often moving across cultural milieus, our work translates into the examination of various forms of hybridity involving Western, traditional, folk, popular, pop rock, avant-garde, electronic, and other musics. Our work is proximate to methodologies and topics broadly recognized as musicological–global music historiography, history and current practice of music theory and analysis, avant-gardism, hybridity, and Western art music performance in East Asia etc., but we are also open to ethnomusicological methodologies and topics broadly aligned with our vision. While most of us are members of the American Musicological Society, we welcome scholars from other music societies, as well as scholars in other fields who may be interested in our work.

Co-chairs: Gavin Lee (Soochow University), Kunio Hara (University of South Carolina), Amanda Hsieh (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Advisors: Daniel Chua, W. Anthony Sheppard, Helan H L Yang (Hong Kong Baptist University), Thomas Irvine (University of Southampton)
Chairs of committees: Lester Hu (UC Berkeley; Conference Theme), Hannah Chang (University of Sheffield; Bibliography), Bess Liu (University of Pennsylvania; Curriculum), Brooke McCorkle (Carleton College; Archives), Brent Ferguson (College of Southern Maryland; Technology)

Board members: John O. Robison (University of South Florida), Hye-jung Park (Texas Christian University), Serena Yang (UC Davis), Peng Liu (University of Texas – Austin), Grace Kweon (UNC Greensboro), Samuel Chan (New York University), Toru Momii (Columbia University), Qingfan Jiang (Columbia University), Wenzhuo Zhang (University of Rochester), Lufan Xu (Shanghai Conservatory of Music), Charlotte D’Evelyn (Pomona College), Chui Wa Ho (New York University), Winnie W. C. Lai (University of Pennsylvania)




Information about archives should eventually be as complete as possible. Include name of archive, html link, brief description of materials in it, email, city, address, tel., and brief travel directions (train station, buses etc.).


Indicate digitized archives, or digitized collections with [D].


E.g. [D] Music SG. Recordings and articles on music in Singapore. http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/music 


Include personal collections, indicated with [P].


E.g. [P] Scores and recordings of Singaporean composers such as Joyce Koh, Leong Yoon Pin, Phoon Yew Tien, Tan Chan Boon, Hoh Chung Shih, Tsao Chieh, Kelly Tang, Ho Chee Kong, Er Yenn Chwen, and Zechariah Goh. Enquire with Gavin Lee (lee_shin_kang@hotmail.com).



  1. Archives related to music of Korea and diaspora
  2. Archives related to music of Japan and diaspora
  3. Archives related to music of China and diaspora
  4. Archives related to music of Southeast Asia and diaspora




SECTION 1. Korea and diaspora


[D] Korea SP Record Database



[D] Ewha Music Database 



SECTION 2. Japan and diaspora


National Diet Library. http://www.ndl.go.jp/en/ 

Japanese equivalent to the U.S. Library of Congress. They have a music listening room and you can access digital versions of Yomiuri and Mainichi newspapers on site. You can also request documents be sent to you if you already have a registration card and know the magazine and page numbers. 


[D] Digital Collection of the National Diet library http://dl.ndl.go.jp/?__lang=en 

Unfortunately, despite being a digital collection, many of the items can only be accessed on site though ones that have exited the copyright rules can be seen from anywhere. The digital collection includes issues of music magazines like Ongaku no Tomo and Kagaki among others as well as several music books. 


[D] Historical Recording Collection of the National Diet Library http://rekion.dl.ndl.go.jp/?__lang=en 


Archives of Modern Japanese Music, Meiji Gakuin University 


Meiji Gakuin holds the largest collection of modern Japanese music scores and drafts, including several film scores by Ifukube Akira, Hayasaka Fumio, and Takemitsu Tōru. They also hold a large collection of Yamada Kōsaku materials. It is difficult to know what exactly is held there though, as the search engine is onsite as of 2019. They also have a card catalogue. You can request photocopies, though there is a limit to the number depending on copyright. Note that you must make an appointment (typically via telephone though they will accept email) and relate the topic you wish to research. 


[D] Ikeda Bunko 



This is the main archive for Takarazuka Revue. They have a lovely online digital collection of posters that you can access anywhere. Onsite they hold several documents including the complete collection of Kageki, Takarazuka fan journals, and several other books and documents. I have not had much luck accessing videos or sheet music there or other ephemera related to productions. On the bright side, you can photocopy documents yourself so there is no limit. Some documents require a letter of introduction in order to view. 


New National Theatre Tokyo Information Centre



The top floor of the New National Theatre Tokyo includes an information center with programs of past shows as well as viewing booths for seeing past productions. They also have a reference library that is very useful. They recently began to use an online search engine that documents their collection of programs, which is useful. 


Bunka Kaikan Library


The Bunka Kaikan Library contains several useful documents including sheet music collections and programs of concerts given at the concert hall. It is easily accessible via the Yamanote line Ueno stop and you do not need a reservation. 


SECTION 3. China and diaspora


[P] Scores and recordings of Singaporean composers such as Joyce Koh, Leong Yoon Pin, Phoon Yew Tien, Tan Chan Boon, Hoh Chung Shih, Tsao Chieh, Kelly Tang, Ho Chee Kong, Er Yenn Chwen, and Zechariah Goh. Enquire with Gavin Lee (lee_shin_kang@hotmail.com).


Local Composers Archive (Media Resource Room), National Institute of Education Library, Singapore. Scores and recordings of avant-garde Singaporean composers such as Joyce Koh, Leong Yoon Pin, Phoon Yew Tien, Tan Chan Boon, Hoh Chung Shih, Tsao Chieh, Kelly Tang, Ho Chee Kong, Er Yenn Chwen, and Zechariah Goh. Address: 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616. One month membership with no borrowing privileges is available at SGD$90. Take bus 199 from Boon Lay metro station.


[D] Chinese Text Project. Transcriptions and scanned images of classical Chinese texts.



Chinese Music Archive, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Traditional Chinese Theatrical music, Shanghai pop songs, Chinese instrumental music and Model Plays in the post-1949 era, Chaozhou Opera, Cantonese Opera, Shanghai Yue Opera, Fujian Naamyam, Suzhou Tanci, Huang Mei Diao, and Cantopop songs.

Website: http://www.cma.mus.cuhk.edu.hk/en-gb/our-collections 


Chinese Opera Information Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Libretti, song scripts, publications, newspaper clippings, flyers, posters and audio-visual materials of Chinese Operas (Xiqu), including Cantonese Opera, Peking Opera, Kunqu Opera and Chaozhou Opera.

Online Catalogue: http://www.cuhkcoic.hk/?a=group&id=collection 

SECTION 4. Southeast Asia and diaspora

[D] Music SG. Recordings and articles on popular, traditional, avant-garde, Indian, Malay, Chinese, hybrid and other musics in Singapore. http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/music 


Archives of Sapto Raharjo and the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival (1995–current), maintained by Komunitas Gayam 16, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. https://komunitasgayam16.wordpress.com/about/ 

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