Subject: Speaker Series - Dr. Sunmin Yoon, December 10th, 5:30 pm, American Corner- Natsagdorj Library

ACMS Speaker Series
Urtyn duu (Long-song): The Singers, the Songs, and the Stories.
Speaker: Sunmin Yoon, Ph.D, Professor at Kent State University

5:30 PM, Wednesday-December 10th, 2013, American Corner, ULAANBAATAR
Main entrance of Natsagdorj Library.

Urtyn duu (Long-song) is often considered as one of the representative traditional folk genres in Mongolia. It survived, although its presence was not welcome, during the Soviet period, and it has been thriving, although in modified forms, during the post-Soviet period as a national symbol of Mongolian traditional culture and/or its nostalgic imagination. Some parts were left out in countryside, while others moved onto the main stage of Ulaanbaatar through Soviet stage culture. Thus, urtyn duu is not only musical entertainment for Mongolia, but is an aspect of Mongolian people’s stories, thoughts, and lives, which have never ceased. 

This presentation, therefore, will present a wide spectrum of various versions of urtyn duu collected from different regions, singers, and eras. Each different version and modified example will then be discussed to show what they can tell us about different aspects and direction of Mongolia past and present. 

About the Presenter   

Sunmin Yoon received her PhD from the University of Maryland at College Park in Ethnomusicology. She has been meeting and interviewing with singers and collected their songs since 2007. She currently teaches at Kent State University.
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Thank you to the American Corner and the Natsagdorj Library for sponsoring this event.

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