Publications

BOOKS, EDITED JOURNAL

“Beethoven in Japan: Daiku as a Case Study,” Beethoven in Context, ed. by Glenn Stanley (in progress, Cambridge University Press).

Planet Beethoven:  Classical Music at the Turn of the Millennium (Wesleyan University Press, 2014).

  • Selected by The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross as one of the top eleven notable music books of 2014.
  • “In her brilliant account of classical music in the twenty-first century, Yang avoids the too-common pronouncements of its demise or defensive sermons mounted on its behalf. She offers instead a series of case studies demonstrating how this music in fact permeates contemporary culture, though often in ways that would seem alien to its traditional advocates. This is an exceedingly timely book.”—Susan McClary, author of Feminine Endings: Music, Gender & Sexuality
  • “This book raises the level of discourse on the state of classical music today. It helps us move beyond anecdotes and knee-jerk reactions and get at understanding what is actually happening.”—Eric Hung, Westminster Choir College of Rider University
  • “Yang’s view is that music today is vibrant and relevant, although its face is different from that of the past—a provocative stance that should provide fodder for interesting discussions by performers and ‘passive participants’ alike. Recommended (for) all readers.”—J. P. Ambrose, Choice

“Yellow Skin, White Masks,” in Gerald Early, Patrick Burke, and Mina Yang, eds., Special Issue on American Music, Daedalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences 142, no. 4 (Fall 2013):  24-37.

California Polyphony:  Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2008).

  • “[A] compelling new study … Yang successfully demonstrates that many elements can and must be taken into account when addressing the formation of any modern musical identify.”–American Music Review 
  • “A landscape of California’s musical history that draws upon sociocultural and political forces that led to the creation, innovation, and appropriation of musical styles, genres, and forms. This welcome addition to music and cultural studies combines the musical contributions of African Americans, East Asian Americans, and Mexican Americans in a unique and refreshing way.”–Cheryl L. Keyes, author of Rap Music and Street Consciousness 
  • “A fascinating and groundbreaking glimpse into a complicated musical geography.”–Journal of American History 
  • “Mina Yang offers a musical message of social hope without stepping back from fierce historical inequities. She shows how the meeting grounds and collisions marking California’s racial landscape add up to far more than accidents. California Polyphony will sit on my bookshelf between Mike Davis’s City of Quartz and George Lipsitz’s Dangerous Crossroads.”–Deborah Wong, author of Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES, ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

“Asian Music in America,” Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History, ed. by Edward Park and Xiaojian Zhao (Santa Barbara, Calif.:  ABC-CLIO Press, 2013).

“Los Angeles:  Ethnic and Traditional Musics,”  in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Moulin Rouge!  and the Undoing of Opera,” Cambridge Opera Journal 20, no. 3 (November 2008):  269-282.

“East Meets West in the Concert Hall:  Asians and Classical Music in the Century of Imperialism, Post-Colonialism, and Multiculturalism,” Asian Music 38, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2007):  1-30.

Für Elise Circa 2000:  Postmodern Readings of Beethoven in Popular Contexts,” Popular Music and Society 29, no. 1 (February 2006):  1-15.

“A Thin Blue Line Down Central Avenue:  The LAPD and the Demise of a Musical Hub,” Black Music Research Journal 21, no. 2 (Fall 2002):  217-239.

“Orientalism and the Music of Asian Immigrant Communities in California, 1924-1945,” American Music 19, no. 4  (Winter 2001):  385-416.