I am a bamboo flautist and an ethnomusicologist who writes about Taiwanese and Chinese musical culture. I received a PhD in ethnomusicology (the University of Texas at Austin, 2019) and a Master’s degree in music (the University of Texas at Austin, 2014). My broader research interests include: indigeneity and music/sound culture in contemporary Taiwan; intersections of voice, language, and music; and music and cultural sustainability. My dissertation, titled “Reviving Musical Indigeneity: Institutionalization, Transmission, and Revival of Taiwan’s Aboriginal Music,” focuses on the intersection between musical practices of Taiwan’s Aborigines, Intangible Cultural Heritage, and revivalism in contemporary Taiwan. My project has been awarded the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, UT-Austin Continuing Fellowship, and the summer grants from Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.
Besides my primary research focus, I am also interested in the institutionalization and pedagogy of traditional music in East Asia. My article “Traditional Music for the People: Chinese Music Departments in the PRC and Taiwan” is published in College Music Curricula for a New Century(2017), edited by Dr. Robin Moore. I have presented my research at International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) forum, ICTM symposium of Study Group on Musics of East Asia (MEA), Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains (SEMSP), and Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) Annual Conference.
I received a BA in dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes) performance from Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan (2009). As a musician, I have played dizi and nay (Arabic side-blown flute), performing with the world music group ETHNOS, Sangat!(raga-based fusion group with musicians from National Academy of Performing Arts, Pakistan), Arabic band Indimaj إندماج, UT Middle Eastern Ensemble – Bereket, UT Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, UT Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble, and Adam Rudolph’s “GO: Organic Orchestra.” I have composed, arranged, and performed for many groups and events.