Joanna Wong Quee Heng (b. 1939, Penang, Malaya)1 is a leading exponent of Cantonese opera in Singapore. Although an amateur artist, Wong’s artistic skills have won her praises from Beijing opera scholars. She has also pioneered many novel ideas to promote Cantonese opera among the young and non-Chinese speaking audiences. Her promotion efforts have not only revived Cantonese opera in Singapore, but also elevated it to a respectable art form. Some of Wong’s most well-known works include Madam White Snake, The Patriotic Princess, and Emperor Wu Ze Tian. For her tireless dedication in promoting the art form, Wong was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Chinese Opera in 1981.2
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Introduction on Joanna Wong adapted from Chor, Poh Chin, “Joanna Wong Quee Heng,” Singapore Infopedia, National Library Board, last modified February 6, 2014, https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_2014-02-10_162823.html.
- Choo, M. E. (2020). Her opera, her life - Joanna = Ta de xi qu, ta de yi sheng - Hu Guixin. Singapore: Simply Green. (Call no.: 792.5092 CHO)
- 胡桂馨 [Hu, G. X.]. (2013). 红氍毹上之不倒翁红氍毹上之不倒翁 [Joanna Wong: An indomitable life, an operatic legacy]. Singapore: 敦煌剧坊. (Call no.: 792.5092 WJ)
- Baptista, E. (1972, February 21). The big night jitters of ‘Madam White Snake’. The Straits Times, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
- Yong, C. (2013, June 30). A lifelong passion for Chinese opera. The Straits Times, p. 16. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
- Fun, P. Y. (1981, October 20). To promote Chinese opera. The Straits Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
- Wong, J. Q. H. (2011). Oral history interviews (58 tracks). Retrieved 27 October 2021, from National Archives of Singapore website https://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/oral_history_interviews/record-details/50600da4-1162-11e3-83d5-0050568939ad
- Mediacorp Radio. (1998). Wayang Wayang: Cantonese Opera 1. Retrieved 27 October 2021, from National Archives of Singapore website https://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/audiovisual_records/record-details/5e39f39f-1164-11e3-83d5-0050568939ad
Duration: 60 min 14 sec
- Mediacorp Radio. (1998). Wayang Wayang: Cantonese Opera 2. Retrieved 27 October 2021, from National Archives of Singapore website https://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/audiovisual_records/record-details/5e3a0636-1164-11e3-83d5-0050568939ad
Duration: 54min 58sec
- Mediacorp Radio. (1998). Wayang Wayang: Cantonese Opera ‘Romance Of The Purple Hairpin’ Zi Chai Ji. Retrieved 27 October 2021, from National Archives of Singapore website https://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/audiovisual_records/record-details/5e39e272-1164-11e3-83d5-0050568939ad
Duration: 55min 10sec
- 胡桂馨 : 红氍毹上之不倒翁. (2013). Available via PublicationSG.
- Intrigues in the Qing Imperial Court. (2012, October). Available at library@esplanade. (Call no.: 792.542 INT -[ART])
- Infusion. Episode 7. (2005). Available at Lee Kong Chian Reference Library Level 11 and library@esplanade. (Call no.: 782.1 INF)
- Chor, P. C. (2014, February 6). Joanna Wong Quee Heng. Retrieved 2021, November 12 from Infopedia website: https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_2014-02-10_162823.html
胡桂馨 [Hu, G. X.]. (2013). 红氍毹上之不倒翁 [Joanna Wong: An indomitable life, an operatic legacy]. 新加坡: 敦煌剧, p. 22. (Call no.: Chinese RSING 792.5092 WJ) ↩
Purushothaman, V. (Ed.). (2002). Narratives: Notes on a cultural journey: Cultural medallion recipients 1979–2001. Singapore: National Arts Council, p. 22. (Call no.: RSING 700.95957 NAR) ↩