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Reshaping the BoundariesThe Christian Intersection of China and the West in the Modern Era$
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Song Gang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390557

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390557.001.0001

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The Wind Qin

The Wind Qin

Hearing and Reading Chinese Reactions to the Pipe Organ

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Reshaping the Boundaries

David Francis Urrows

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the history of the pipe organ in late imperial China. Using a selection of official accounts, travel writings, and literary texts from the 17 and 18th centuries, the author argues that Chinese understandings of this fantastic Western object did not take any simple form of exoticism or indifference, but rather a mixture of diverse transcultural experiences shifting between intellectual openness and ideological resistance. The intersection of religion, music, and science brought to light a typical Chinese cultural centricity encountering the otherness of Western high culture, from which a new mode of in-between existence emerged along the process of dynamic mutual perceptions and evaluations.

Keywords:   Pipe organ, Western music in China, Wang Linheng (王臨亨 1548–1601), Tomás Pereira (1645–1708), Kim Ch’ang-ŏp (김창업/金昌業1658–1721)

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