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Chinese Community
social functions
Cantonese opera
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Cheung, Helen Kwan Yee
Supervisor and department
Jenn-Shann Lin (East Asian Studies)/Jennifer Jay (History and Classics)
Examining committee member and department
Jennifer Jay (History and Classics)
Lisa Claypool (Art and Design)
Jenn-Shann Lin (East Asian Studies)
Daniel Fried (East Asian Studies)
Department of East Asian Studies
East Asian Interdisciplinary Studies
Date accepted
Graduation date
Master of Arts
Degree level
This thesis expands prior academic studies on the social context of Cantonese opera by analyzing its social functions and the role it plays in the Edmonton Chinese community from 1890 to 2009. This study affirms the versatility of Cantonese opera as an art form that has been transmitted overseas and continued its presence and vibrancy throughout the history of Chinese immigration in Edmonton. This study uncovers the social relevance of Cantonese opera in meeting changing community needs and in fortifying the changing Chinese self-identity from sojourners to settlers through three historical episodes. As such, this study adds knowledge to understanding Chinese life experiences previously unexplored in Edmonton and contributes to the overall body of knowledge on prairie Chinese and on Cantonese opera in an overseas setting. This study has implications for further research or comparative studies on the socio-cultural life of Chinese in Canada and cultural globalization.
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