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The Rise of Cantonese Opera$
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Wing Chung Ng

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039119

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039119.001.0001

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(p.189) Conclusion
The Rise of Cantonese Opera

Wing Chung Ng

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. This study constructed a three-part narrative to chronicle the rise of Cantonese opera. At the outset, much information on the latter half of the nineteenth century is provided, and the imperial period also is covered as additional background, but the principal time frame is the early part of the twentieth century. A key finding of this study is the resilience of the opera community and how it managed to find ways to tap into the underlying appeal of a plebeian theater and to make difficult adjustments in logistics and other long-held conventions in order to stay afloat and rebound. The changes made during the 1920s and early 1930s continued a larger process of ongoing evolution and showcased the remarkable adaptive capacity of Cantonese opera. They also underscore the tremendous resilience of the opera community band its art in facing the severe disruptions and dislocation caused by the Sino- Japanese War and even greater uncertainties in the ensuing postwar years.

Keywords:   Cantonese opera, Chinese opera, Sino-Japanese War, postwar years, Chinese theater

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