About Henry JohnsonMy 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.
Keran Li playing the yangqin at a research seminar for the Friends of the Hocken Collections, 18 May 2021.
Hocken Library research seminar presentation
Keran Li rehearsing the yangqin (Chinese dulcimer – the “butterfly zither”) before a research seminar. Keran is in her second year of a PhD researching Chinese music and identity in modern-day Aotearoa New Zealand. Photo © Henry Johnson, 2021.
Dunedin Senior Citizens Chinese Association, waist drum (yao gu) dancers. 21 March 2021, Dunedin Multiethnic Council, Race Relations Day, Otago Museum. Photo © Henry Johnson.
“Waist drum is a fun exercise activity that build fitness and cultivates sentiment. It brings happiness and productivity, especially after retirement. Many members of the Association experienced an increase in energy, good health and vitality after joining the waist drum team.“ (https://hail.to/lan-yuan-dunedin-chinese-garden/article/GC7UdpW)
“Since bringing the waist drum to Dunedin in 2015, the Dunedin Senior Citizens Chinese Association have performed it on various stages around the community. These performances are enjoyed by all those who attend.” (https://hail.to/lan-yuan-dunedin-chinese-garden/article/GC7UdpW)