Meet Zong Li Lu, a Chinese Monochord Player Busking in the New York City Subway

In this fascinating profile from BRIC TV, meet Zong Li Lu, a Chinese immigrant and busker who plays on a handmade monochord in the New York City subway.

After moving to NY from China in his late 50s in pursuit of a better life, Zongli Lu quickly found his skills did not translate to the US. He came with a mere $5,000 to his name, most of which was invested in lesson to become a card dealer at a casino. Unfortunately, that plan didn't pan out, as Zong was unable to speak English, which prevented him from being hired as a dealer. Initially starting as a flutist in Central Park, Zong channeled his passion for music into playing a homemade monochord after practicing for over six years.


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