Image credit: "Wild Geese Landing on Flat Sand", Eight Scenes of the Rivers Xiao and Xiang, by Mu Xi of Southern Song Dynasty. The painting is in the collection of Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo. 南宋末禪僧畫家牧谿。瀟湘八景之平沙落雁。日本東京出光美術館蔵
Bell Yung, an ethnomusicologist specializing in China, is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh where he retired in 2012; in 2017 he was appointed as an Affiliate Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He has also taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, University of California at Davis, and Cornell University, and is a recipient of research awards from Guggenheim, Ford, Mellon, National Endowment of the Humanities, and others. He has published ten books and over 100 journal articles, book chapters and reviews, in English and in Chinese. In addition he edited two museum catalogues, and produced eight sets of CDs and one set of DVD of the Cantonese Narrative song called Nanyin, based upon fieldwork material he collected in Hong Kong in 1975.
Bell Yung’s family is from Wuxi, China. Born in Shanghai in 1941, he grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the high school Wah Yan College Kowloon. In 1960 he went to the U.S. for higher education, receiving a B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of California in Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.