Date of Award

Summer 6-15-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Barbara Hampton

Second Advisor

Dr. Jewel T. Thompson

Academic Program Adviser

Poundie Burstein


Despite the guqin 3,000-year-old history the instrument nearly faced extinction in the Twentieth Century. Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which featured the guqin as a cultural symbol of Chinese identity, there has been a revival of the guqin and its traditional repertoire. This study looks at a small guqin community in New York City's Flushing neighborhood, centered around Master Shi-hua Judy Yeh, and how transnational students are taking advantage of transnational organizations, like the New York Guqin School, to ease the transition into life in New York.



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