Grace Wang

Institutional Affiliation 
Associate Professor of American Studies, UC Davis
Professional Bio 

Grace Wang is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis and the author of "Soundtracks of Asian America: Navigating Race through Musical Performance."

Area of Expertise 

I have research expertise in three overlapping areas: race and ethnicity in the United States; Asian American musical performance and culture; and global understandings of race, particularly in connection to U.S.-China relations. A key feature of my research is to understand the coded mechanisms of race in the contemporary context, from understanding the racial logic of seemingly race-neutral terms like talent, creativity, and technicality to analyzing how race functions in contexts in which it is assumed not to exist. I have written extensively about how ideas about race circulate in a range of contexts, including the global circulation of Western classical music, music performance on YouTube, Chinese pop music in Asia, and reality television.

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