Wendy recently completed a Ph.D. in the Critical and Comparative Studies program in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia. Her research deploys the methods of ethnomusicology and digital humanities to explore the complex interrelationships between popular music and geography in transnational contexts. Her dissertation, an ethnography of Asian American independent rock musicians, interrogates the ethnic, racial, and geographical boundaries of “Asian America” in the post-9/11 United States. She implemented methods of digital fieldwork to map the social networks of the musicians in her dissertation research. She has articles forthcoming in Popular Music from Cambridge and in Asian Journal of Communication from Routledge. In addition to her doctoral work at UVA, Wendy was honored as a HASTAC Scholar, served as a fellow at UVA's Scholars' Lab, and has taught courses on popular music, transnationalism, and digital music-cultures. She also plays with the vintage Asian garage pop revivalist band Dzian!.
The Kominas’ Punk Punjab and Digital Diaspora: Reclaiming a Socio-Musical Transnation, Asian Journal of Communication (2013)
Troubling genre, ethnicity and geopolitics in Taiwanese American independent rock music, Popular Music (2013)
This paper examines the performances of Taiwanese American Jack Hsu and his New Jersey-based progressive...
Performance Art at the (Virginia) Margins: Anthony Restivo's Far off and all Aflame (with Carey L. Sargent and Rachel Thompson), The Drama Review (2012)
In a small college town in western Virginia, writer Anthony Restivo searches for unmediated honesty...
Review: Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance by Tomie Hahn, Women and Music (2008)
Review: Queering the Popular Pitch edited by Sheila Whiteley and Jennifer Rycenga, Journal of Popular Music Studies (2008)
Contributions to Books
Reading and Queering Plato in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Queer Pop Culture (2007)
The Sound of Racial Melancholia: Listening to and Performing Rock Music in Asian America, International Association of the Study of Popular Music - Asia Chapter Meeting (2012)
Transforming Diaspora: The Kominas’ Translocal Socio-musical Geography, International Association of the Study of Popular Music / The Pop Conference at Experience Music Project (2012)
Digital Ethnography: Integrating Digital Methods into Field Research and Ethnographic Representation, University of Virginia (2010)
Reaching Out to the Wilderness of America’: Performing Punk Minoritarian Politics and Creating a Post-9/11 Taqwacore Diaspora, Society of Ethnomusicology (SEM) (2010)