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Wing Chung Ng teaches Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian history. His research interest covers two major areas. Chinese migration and diaspora is his “first love” cultivated since he was in graduate school.  Ng’s more recent research pertains to the subject of Cantonese opera, a genre of regional theater widely popular in South China and among Cantonese migrant communities overseas since the early twentieth century. His principal publications include The Chinese in Vancouver, 1945-80: The Pursuit of Identity and Power (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999) and The Rise of Cantonese Opera (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press and Hong Kong: HKU Press, 2015). Since 2012, Ng has been working with three fellow editors to complete the Hong Kong volumes of Annals of Chinese Opera (中國戲曲志:香港卷) and Anthology of Chinese Opera Music (中國戲曲音樂集成:香港卷). Ng’s other current projects include: 1. Local theater and cultural politics in Guangzhou and the vicinity during the early PRC period (1949-1965); 2. Cantonese opera in Hong Kong since 1945, especially its re-imagination as a cultural heritage and a subject of academic research in the late colonial and postcolonial years; 3. Diaspora in the Ages of China’s Rise: A longitudinal study of Chinese migration history since the eighteenth century. Ng has received accolades from many sources. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of British Columbia and a resident fellow at the National Humanities Center, N.C. His research on Cantonese opera was supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Most recently, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong.

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