East-West Connection in Music: An Exhibition of the Rulan Chao Pian Collection

08/10/2019 to 27/09/2020

Our deepest gratitude to Professor Rulan Chao Pian for her generosity, donating her life-time acquisition of music and cultural resources to the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library. Donated materials include manuscripts, correspondences, diaries, photos, teaching materials, over 7,000 audio-visual materials, more than 6,000 books and journals, musical instruments, etc.

Born in the United States, Professor Rulan Chao Pian (1922–2013) was a world renowned scholar in Chinese music. She started teaching the Chinese language in 1947 at Harvard and ended up with being a Professor Emerita of Music and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1992. In addition to her frequent visiting professorship at the Chung Chi Music Department, Professor Chao was also a Wei Lun Visiting Professor of CUHK in 1998. In her fieldwork days, she never stopped carrying with her heavy video and audio equipment all over East Asia and took hundreds of audio and video recordings. In addition to music materials, the Rulan Chao Pian Collection covers extensively literature, history, drama and related performing arts in the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. It is practically a living archive of twentieth-century East Asia.

The exhibition not only showcases the collection, but also enhances the significance of CUHK in Asian studies.

Date: 8.10.2019 – 27.09.2020
Venue: Exhibition Area, University Library, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Opening Hours: http://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/
Enquires: 3943 8740 / 3943 7305

Workshops are offered during the exhibition. All are welcome.

Lecture Recital

Secret Within the Qin: Rediscovering the History and Sound of an Instrument of Rulan Chao Pian
Speaker: Dr. TSE Chun Yan
Date: A new date will be announced at a later time
Venue: Lee Hysan Concert Hall, Esther Lee Building, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Registration: https://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/node/2274


The Professor Rulan Chao Pian I Have Known (in English) (Cancelled)
Speaker: Professor Samuel M. WU
                  Professor of Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, and
                  Molecular Physiology and Biophysics,
                  Baylor College of Medicine

Date: 2019.11.12 (Tue)
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library, CUHK

Professor Rulan Chao Pian & the history of CC Music Department (in Cantonese) (Cancelled)
Speaker: Professor Yu Siu Wah
                  Chief-editor, Hong Kong Volumes of Annals of Chinese Opera and Anthology of Chinese Opera Music
                  Adjunct Professor, Department of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
                  Adjunct Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
                  Distinguished Professor, New Asia Institute of Advanced Chinese Studies, HK
                  Visiting Professor, Music Research Institute, NCTU, Taiwan

Date: 2020.02.28 (Fri)
Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Chung Chi College Chapel, CUHK

East-West Connection in Music: An Exhibition of the Rulan Chao Pian Collection