Classical Music and Border Crossings


  • Mari Yoshihara, “Roots and Routes of Asian Musicians,” in Musicians from a Different Shore: Asian Americans in Classical Music (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007), 62-99.
  • Suki Kim, “A Really Big Show: The New York Philharmonic’s Fantasia in North Korea,” Harper’s Magazine (December 2008), 61-70.



Leonard Bernstein Presents Yo-Yo Ma to President John F. Kennedy, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the American people (1962).
Leonard Bernstein, concert in celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall (November 1989)
Americans in Pyongyang, Part I, 2008
New York Philharmonic, “National Anthems of North Korea & USA” (2008), Pyongyang, North Korea
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing, April 14 2019
“Yo-Yo Ma on the importance of telling each other our stories,” PBS News Hour, April 15 2019.