Traditional opera and young people: Cantonese opera as personal development

Wai Han LO*

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Cantonese opera, one of the regional opera forms in China, flourishes mainly in the southern province of Guangdong. By exploring the culture of Cantonese operatic singing, this study explores the role of traditional music in the lives of young people. Ethnography was chosen as the method of data collection and to describe the findings of the study. The rituals and core values of Cantonese operatic singing lessons were identified. The findings showed that musical tastes not only have sociability and performative components, they also have physical components. Young people construct the rituals of learning Cantonese opera as an important context for their personal development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-249
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health(social science)

User-Defined Keywords

  • culture and ethnography
  • music
  • Rituals


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