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My research interests are in performance and traditional music of Asia and small island cultures. I bring new knowledge by applying ethnographic and historical methods to study people making music in holistic social settings, focusing on the cultural dynamics intersecting traditional and contemporary culture. I publish internationally in peer-reviewed journals (Ethnomusicology Forum, Asian Music, Perfect Beat, Journal of World Popular Music, Shima) and with reputable publishers (OUP, Routledge, Brill, Rodopi, and Ashgate).

My innovative research has been recognized as internationally significant with external research funding and awards from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange; Royal Society of New Zealand; European Cooperation in Science and Technology; Seikei University (Japan); and Kagoshima University (Japan). I have been an invited speaker at symposia in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and my contribution to the research environment includes editing, editorial boards, conference organisation, and prize committees.

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