Bell Yung, an ethnomusicologist specializing in China, is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh where he retired in 2012; in 2017 he was appointed as an Affiliate Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He has also taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, University of California at Davis, and Cornell University, and is a recipient of research awards from Guggenheim, Ford, Mellon, National Endowment of the Humanities, and others. He has published twelve books and over 50 articles in journals and in edited volumes; in addition he produced seven sets of CDs and one set of DVD of the Cantonese Narrative song called Nanyin, based upon fieldwork material he collected in Hong Kong in 1975.
Bell Yung’s family is from Wuxi, China. Born in Shanghai in 1941, he grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the high school Wah Yan College Kowloon. In 1960 he went to the U.S. for higher education, receiving a B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of California in Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.