This essay explores the performance and pedagogical practices of Master Musician [Nhạc Sư] Nguyễn Vĩnh Bảo, a musician of nhạc tài tử Nam bộ [music of talented amateurs] who lives and works in Hồ Chí Minh City, but whose students reside primarily in diaspora. By critically engaging with the concept of “trans-nation”—a term coined by Yan Haiping—and invoking theories of transnational competence, the essay examines the processes by which Nhạc Sư Nguyễn Vĩnh Bảo creates a virtual diasporic community based around the performance and appreciation of traditional music practices.
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