San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A delegation from Xinjiang, China will make a presentation on the life and work of Wang Luobin and also exhibit art and stamp collections.
Wang Luobin (1913-1996) was a renowned Chinese songwriter. He specialized in composing Mandarin-language songs based on the music of various ethnic minorities in western China. In 1938, in Lanzhou in Gansu Province, Wang composed his first Xinjiang-inspired song, "The Girl from Dabancheng". In all, Wang wrote seven operas and published six songbooks, and wrote some 700 western-style songs.
Wang began to win accolades for his work towards the end of his life. In 1993, "At a Faraway Place" and "The Crescent Moon Rises" were selected as the Chinese music classics of the 20th century. A year later, in July 1994, Wang received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Exchange of Western and Eastern Cultures from UNESCO. Wang was made the honorary town head of Dabancheng in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the local government in December of that year.
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Asian American / Asian Research Institute - CUNY
Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of the City University of New York (CUNY), is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans. It covers four areas: Asian American Studies; East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies; and Trade & Technology Studies.