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 the Department of Chinese Music at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan (2009). I have performed dizi at various events, such as 2014 International Accordion Festival and 2018 SXSW Music Festival. In 2016 and 2017, I was funded by UT-Austin and the U.S. Department of State to lecture and perform at The National Academy of Performing Arts in Pakistan. Since 2012, I have studied and performed music in a variety of musical traditions, including maqam-based music on the nay (Arabic side-blown flute), Taiwanese Aboriginal nose flutes, and Javanese gamelan. I have extensively performed with several world music groups in the U.S., including Sangat! (raga-based fusion group), Arabic band Indimaj إندماج, and Adam Rudolph’s GO: Organic Orchestra. Previously, I was a dedicated member of Middle Eastern Ensemble and Javanese Gamelan Ensemble at UT-Austin.