Yung Sai-Shing


Yung Sai-Shing (NUS) obtained his BA and M Phil degrees from the Department of Chinese, University of Hong Kong, and Ph.D. from the Princeton University. Specializing on traditional Chinese drama, he has been teaching in the National University of Singapore since 1991.  His research interests include late Ming drama, social history of Cantonese opera/music (1900-1965), Chinese gramophone culture and sound studies, cinematic and pulp culture of Hong Kong, and Cultural Cold War in Asia. His major publications include: The Anthropology of Chinese Drama: Ritual, Theater, and Community (Taipei, 1997; rpt in China, 2003); Cantonese Opera from the Gramophone: a Cultural History (1903-1953) (Hong Kong, 2006); From Red Boat to Silver Screen: Visual and Sonic Culture of Cantonese Opera (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012); and the edited book A Study on the Taiping Theatre Collection (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 2015).


He is currently working on two book projects, titled “Exploring Urban Soundscape: Chinese Opera Media and Hong Kong Cinema“ and “Theater, Steamship, and Gramophone: a Cultural History of Chinese Opera of Hong Kong (1860-1911)”. He is planning a project of digitalization in digitalizing his humble collection of flyers, posters, magazines, pictorials, and other printed materials related to Chinese movies of Hong Kong and Singapore.


1. “Taiping Theater in the History of Cantonese Opera”, in Victor Zheng, Chow Man Kong, ed. Bonham Strand: Benefiting East and West, South and North (Hong Kong, Zhonghua Shuju, 2020).

2. Self-selected Essays of Chinese Drama Historians from China and Overseas: Yung Sai-Shing Volume  (Zhengzhou: Daxiang chubanshe 2018).

3. “Commercial Opera Theaters of Hong Kong (1865-1910): From the Perspective of Social History”(1865-1910), in Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theatre and Folklore (Special Issue on City Space, Material Culture and Theatrical Development), 199 (March 2018), pp. 177-211. 

4. (Edited Book) A Study on the Taiping Theatre Collection  (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 2015).