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Sounding Out Heritage: Cultural Politics and the Social Practice of Quan ho Folk Song in Northern Vietnam

Lauren Meeker


This book explores the cultural politics that have shaped the recent history and practice of a unique style of folk song that originated in Bắc Ninh province, northern Vietnam. The book delves into the history of quan họ, showing the changes it has undergone over the last sixty years as it moved from village practice onto the professional stage. The book presents a vivid and historically contextualized picture of the quan họ “soundscape.” Village practitioners, ordinary people who love to sing quan họ, must now negotiate increased attention from those outside the village and their own designat ... More

Keywords: quan họ, cultural politics, Bắc Ninh province, northern Vietnam, cultural heritage, national icon, folk singers, tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835682
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren Meeker, author
State University of New York at New Paltz