This essay explores the performance and pedagogical practices of Master Musician [Nhạc Sư] Nguyễn Vĩnh Bảo, a musician of nhạc tài tử Nam bộ [music of talented amateurs] who lives and works in Hồ Chí Minh City, but whose students reside primarily in diaspora. By critically engaging with the concept of “trans-nation”—a term coined by Yan Haiping—and invoking theories of transnational competence, the essay examines the processes by which Nhạc Sư Nguyễn Vĩnh Bảo creates a virtual diasporic community based around the performance and appreciation of traditional music practices.
Virtually Audible in Diaspora: The Transnational Negotiation of Vietnamese Traditional Music
Alexander M. Cannon is Assistant Professor of Music History and Ethnomusicology at Western Michigan University and holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Michigan. The author graciously acknowledges the support of the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan and the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program for providing funds to conduct the research upon which this essay is based. The author also thanks Jesse Johnston, Joseph Lam, Mariam B. Lam, Nhạc Sư Nguyễn Vĩnh Bảo, Quan Tue Tran, and, most especially, Jack Yeager, for their insightful comments on this essay.
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Alexander M. Cannon; Virtually Audible in Diaspora: The Transnational Negotiation of Vietnamese Traditional Music. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 August 2012; 7 (3): 122–156. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2012.7.3.122
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