Wendy Hsu

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Wendy Hsu is an ethnographer, musician, and community arts organizer who engages with multimodal research and performance practices informed by music from continental to diasporic Asia. As an ACLS Public Fellow, Hsu currently works with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Bringing her research and administrative experience in digital humanities, Hsu is working to rethink DCA’s media and information paradigms with a goal to augment the municipal agency’s digital relevance and engagement with the public. She recently completed Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center of Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College where she researched, taught, and experimented with digital pedagogy and ethnographic methodology. Hsu received her PhD in the Critical and Comparative Studies in Music program at the University of Virginia.

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Wendy Hsu is an ethnographer, musician, and community arts organizer who engages with multimodal research and performance practices informed by music from continental to diasporic Asia. She has published on Taqwacore, Asian American indie rock, Yoko Ono, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bollywood, and digital ethnography. Her postdoctoral work engages with Nakashi (那卡西) street music-culture in postcolonial Taiwan and practices of music and mobility of Taipei’s urban underclass.

As an ACLS Public Fellow, Hsu currently works with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Bringing her research and administrative experience in digital humanities, Hsu is working to rethink DCA’s media and information paradigms with a goal to augment the municipal agency’s digital relevance and engagement with the public. She recently completed Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center of Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College where she researched, taught, and experimented with digital pedagogy and ethnographic methodology.

Hsu received her PhD in the Critical and Comparative Studies in Music program at the University of Virginia. Her ethnographic dissertation details the identity articulation and community formation of second and 1.5-generation Asian American musicians actively engaged in an indie rock music scene. Since 2007, she has designed and taught undergraduate courses in music, gender studies, and media design at UVa and Occidental College, and led graduate workshops on ethnography and advised MFA students in Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design.

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