Cultural Interactions - Presenter Biographies

Lingchei Letty Chen is an associate professor of modern Chinese language and literature at Washington University in St. Louis. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Taiwan, she earned MA degrees from both Old Dominion University and Columbia University, where she also earned her PhD in comparative literature and modern Chinese literature. Her research focuses on identity politics; memory and post-memory studies; mimesis; travel theory; narratology; postcolonialism; and postmodernism. Her book, Writing Chinese: Shaping Chinese Cultural Identity (2006) is a study of the current debate over the concept of identity as explored in literature from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and by Chinese writers living abroad. It addresses how narratives use textual imitation and appropriation to synthesize diverse cultural identities. Her current book project is a monograph on Ambivalent Memories of Mao’s China: Post-Mao Literature as Testimony.


Stanley Murashige is an associate professor in the department of art history, theory, and criticism of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has taught since 1993. In 2005-2006, he received the SAIC’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in the history of Chinese art from the University of Chicago. Professor Murashige’s research and teaching concentrate on philosophical aspects of Chinese and Japanese art, in a quest for resources in the past that offer interesting answers for questions we have today. Since 2003, he has been regularly involved as a presenter in East West Center Asian Studies Development Program workshops and institutes, and has directed 3 ASDP summer institute programs. An important part of this work has been taking students to Asia, which he has been doing annually since 2000. He has contributed an essay, Philosophy and the Arts in China to the Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy, edited by Antonio S. Cua, and his article, Rhythm, Order, Change and Nature in Guo Xi's Early Spring, was published in Monumenta Serica.


Nicole Huang is a professor of Chinese literature and visual culture at University of Wisconsin-Madison and the director of the Wisconsin China Initiative. Born in China, she received a bachelor’s degree from Beijing University and a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is the author of Women, War, Domesticity: Shanghai Literature and Popular Culture of the 1940s (2005) and the coeditor of Written on Water: A Collection of Essays by Eileen Chang (2005).
Professor Huang is currently working on two related book projects on visual culture and daily practice in contemporary China. She serves on the board of the UW-M Asian American Studies program and has a pronounced interest in issues of race, gender, travel, diaspora and transnational media cultures.


Frederick Lau is an active ethnomusicologist, flutist and conductor throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. A musician of diverse musical interests, Lau received a master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a performance diploma from the London Guildhall School of Music. His scholarly interests include a wide range of topics in Chinese, Western and Asian music. He has conducted ethnographic field research in the PRC, Thailand, Singapore and Hawai`i and has been published widely on traditional Chinese music, music and politics, music and nationalism, Chinese music in the diaspora, as well as issues related to 20th century Western music. He is author of Music in China (2008) and co-editor of Locating East Asia in Western Art Music (2004). He has served on the boards of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Society of Asian Music, and International Council for Traditional Music, and is currently president of Association for Chinese Music Research and vice-president of the Society for Asian Music and Music of East Asian Music Study Group.

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