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Author Archives: Henry Johnson

About Henry Johnson

My primary field of research is the study of people making music. My research outputs mainly have a social focus, with much work crossing other disciplinary fields (e.g., Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Island Studies, Diaspora Studies, Performance Studies and Cultural Studies). The ethnographic component of my research methods includes original field research in diverse contexts, including Japan, small island cultures (e.g., Japanese small islands, and the Channel Islands), and New Zealand.

“Picturing Sound”

Johnson, Henry. (2021). Picturing Sound: Musical Instruments, Chee Kung Tong and Photography in New Zealand in the 1920s. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 23 (1): 21–36. [ISSN: 1174-8915]

 

“Chee Kung Tong and Diasporic Sound in New Zealand”

Johnson, Henry. (in press). Chee Kung Tong and Diasporic Sound in New Zealand: The Wellington Chinese Masonic Society’s Collection of Musical Instruments. The Galpin Society Journal 75 [ISSN: 0072-0127]

New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

Chee Kung Tong orchestra (c.1925)

 

Guitar and erhu

Guitar and erhu (video link)

 

 

Dunedin Chinese Culture Show – Guangzhou

Otago Access Radio

Chinese musical instruments

Chinese musical instruments to accompany dance. International Refugee Day 2021 at Arai Te Uru Marae, Dunedin. Photo © Henry Johnson, 19 June 2021.

Dunedin Senior Citizens Chinese Association

International Refugee Day 2021 at Arai Te Uru Marae, Dunedin. Photo © Henry Johnson, 19 June 2021.

Conference presentation

Conference presentation

Korea, China, Japan

University of Otago students: Hyunah Cho (left) on kayagum; Keran Li (centre) on yangqin; Bethany Waugh (right) on koto. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, NZ Music Month performance, 25 May 2021. Photo by Henry Johnson, 25 May 2021.