[Vol. 21 No. 2] EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE: AN ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST LIVING AND WORKING IN KOREA

Title
Title Everywhere and Nowhere: An Ethnomusicologist Living and Working in Korea
Author
Author

Hilary Vanessa Finchum-Sung

Volume

Vol. 21 No. 2

Pages

pp. 423~442 (all 20 pages) 

Publication Date

2018.12.15

Keyword

ethnomusicology, bimusicality, autoethnography, kugak, fieldwork

Abstract

Auto-ethnographies tracing the fieldwork encounters of anthropologists have become integral to understand the processes of the ethnographic endeavor. In ethnomusicology, ethnographic methodology remains the sine qua non distinguishing our work from that of the musicologist. The field is ubiquitous in our work as the space within which we accumulate the experiences informing our analyses. Equally ubiquitous is the assumption that the field exists outside of our ‘real lives’ (Rasmussen 2004). Yet, with transcultural professional lives becoming increasingly common, and more scholars establishing professional roots in locations formerly allocated as ‘the field,’ there exists an obvious need for a reconsideration of and new fluidity in ethnographic research. If “fieldwork is, in reality, just living” (Reed 2003), then this way of life deserves a consideration in all its complexities, diving into the interstices of personal, professional, and artistic identities.
In this article, I explore the overlapping and ephemeral spaces of the ethnographic self in the Korean context. Drawing on my own experiences as a non-Korean researcher of Korean music and professor in a department of Korean music, the paper inescapably takes the form of auto-ethnography. The article uncovers the ways by which the performance-based practice of bi-musicality complicates the identity of the researcher, as the ability to perform on an instrument tied to notions notations of race-based nationalism transforms the scholar into a curiosity. Through an analysis of my own bimusical practice, I scrutinize the benefits and pitfalls of the constant presence of the foreign researcher in the Korean academic and social milieu.

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462 [Vol. 21 No. 2] TABLE OF CONTENTS ACTA KOREANA 2018.12.15 1021
461 [Vol. 21 No. 2] EDITOR'S NOTE ACTA KOREANA 2018.12.15 754
460 [Vol. 21 No. 2] GUEST EDITOR’S NOTE: THE INSIDERS AND OUTSIDERS OF KOREAN CULTURE OLGA FEDORENKO 2018.12.15 860
459 [Vol. 21 No. 2] WORSHIPING THE GODDESSES OF P’ALBONG MOUNTAIN: REGIONAL VARIATION, AUTHENTICITY, AND TRADITION CLARK W. SORENSEN 2018.12.15 726
458 [Vol. 21 No. 2] AT THE GATES OF BABEL: THE GLOBALIZATION OF KOREAN LITERATURE AS WORLD LITERATURE JENNY WANG MEDINA 2018.12.15 769
457 [Vol. 21 No. 2] EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE: AN ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST LIVING AND WORKING IN KOREA HILARY VANESSA FINCHUM-SUNG 2018.12.15 734
456 [Vol. 21 No. 2] NO FRAME TO FIT IT ALL: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHY ON TEACHING UNDERGRADUATE KOREAN STUDIES, ON AND OFF THE PENINSULA CEDARBOUGH T. SAEJI 2018.12.15 751
455 [Vol. 21 No. 2] TREE MOTIFS IN SEVENTH-CENTURY SILLA STELES KIM SUNKYUNG 2018.12.15 726
454 [Vol. 21 No. 2] BETWEEN MORALITY AND CRIME: FILIAL DAUGHTERS AND VENGEFUL VIOLENCE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY KOREA KIM JUNGWON 2018.12.15 799
453 [Vol. 21 No.2] NEW TRENDS IN COMMENTARY ON THE CONFUCIAN CLASSICS: CHARACTERISTICS, DIFFERENCES, AND SIGNIFICANCE OF RHETORICALLY ORIENTED EXEGESES OF THE MENGZI YOU MINJUNG 2018.12.15 787
452 [Vol. 21 No.2] RESEMBLING THE OPPONENT: NATIONALIST AND COLONIALIST HISTORIOGRAPHIES IN MODERN KOREA SHIN SEUNGYOP 2018.12.15 717
451 [Vol. 21 No. 2] THE GENEALOGY OF KOREAN MODERNISM IN POETRY: FOCUS ON TRANSLATIONS OF W. B. YEATS KIM HANSUNG AND CHOI JUNGA 2018.12.15 725
450 [Vol. 21 No. 2] TRANSLATION: YU SORANG CHŎN TRANSLATED BY CHO SOOKJA 2018.12.15 718
449 [Vol. 21 No. 2] TRANSLATION: SELECTED POEMS BY YI TAL TRANSLATED BY CHRISTINA HAN AND WING S. CHU 2018.12.15 714
448 [Vol. 21 No. 2] BOOK REVIEWS: THE FORESIGHT OF DARK KNOWING: CHŎNG KAM NOK AND INSURRECTIONARY PROGNOSTICATION IN PRE-MODERN KOREA BY JOHN JORGENSEN DON BAKER 2018.12.15 688
447 [Vol. 21 No. 2] BOOK REVIEWS: ELUSIVE BELONGING: MARRIAGE IMMIGRATIONS AND "MULTICULTURLISM" IN RURAL SOUTH KOREA BY MINJUNG KIM TOBIAS HÜBINETTE 2018.12.15 732