Wang Yuan

PhD candidate in School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

Research title
Observation on Chinese Heavy Metal Scene: The Network, Identity and Social Meaning


As an imported genre, heavy metal in China can be seen as simultaneously both developing, yet  under- developed in terms of both the music and its attendant industry. Accordingly, it has rarely attracted international academic attention and is largely absent within the broader global heavy metal phenomenon. However, it has existed since at least the 1990s. The main objectives of this research are: 1. To examine the heavy metal network in China, including indie labels, distribution networks, gigs and international communications; 2. To clarify the identity of Chinese heavy metal in terms of music itself, musicians, fans and medias; 3. To explain the cultural meaning of heavy metal in contemporary Chinese society. This research on the Chinese scene will add an important element to the existing academic literature on heavy metal academics.


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