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Lei Ouyang Bryant
Associate Professor

Office: Zankel Music Center 210
Phone: (518) 580 - 5346
Email: lbryant@skidmore.edu

DEGREES:

  • Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2004 (Dissertation: ‘New Songs of the Battlefield’: Songs and Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution)
  • M.A. in Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001 (Thesis: A Musical Metaphor for Nation Building: The Folk Song "Esashi Oiwake" in Early Twentieth Century Japan)
  • Advanced Certificate in Asian Studies, Language concentration: Chinese, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001
  • B.A. in East Asian Studies, Language concentration: Japanese, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1997 (Thesis: Popular Music of Taiwan and Japan)

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS:

Chinese Cultural Revolution, Taiko Drumming, Music and intersections with topics including memory, politics, race/ethnicity, identity and social justice.

COURSES:

  • Music & Culture (MU208)
  • Music & Culture: Writing Intensive (MU208W)
  • Introduction to Ethnomusicology (MU3XX Topics seminar)
  • Music and Culture in East Asia (MU310)
  • Music & Chairman Mao:  Music & Politics in Communist China (MU205 Topics course)
  • Chinese Cultural Revolution Culture (MU205 Topics course)
  • Taiko & the Asian American Experience (MU205 Topics course)
  • Asian America:  Music and Performance (MU205 Topics course)
  • Hip Hop Culture (MU205 Topics course)
  • Rudiments of Music (MU101)
  • Asian Studies Senior Seminar (AS375)
  • Intergroup/Intragroup Race Dialogue: Multiracial Identity (IG201B)
  • Racial Identities: Theory & Praxis (IG361)
  • Practicum in Facilitating (IG364)

PUBLICATIONS


PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

  • 2009. "Performing Race and Place in Asian America."  Asian Music 40(1): 4-30.
  • 2007. "Flowers on the Battlefield are More Fragrant." In Asian Music 38(1): 88-121.
  • 2005.  "Music, Memory, and Nostalgia: Collective Memories of Cultural Revolution Songs in Contemporary China." The China Review 5(2): 151-175.

SOLICITED REVIEWS

  • 2009. Review of Lives in Chinese Music, edited by Helen Rees.  The World of Music 52(1): 174-176.
  • 2012. Review of Angry Drummers, A Taiko Group from Osaka, Japan [DVD], directed by Yoshitaka Terada.  Ethnomusicology 56(3): 569-571

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • Association for Asian Studies China and Inner Asia Council Small Grant (2010-2011)
  • Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2002-2004)
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council (2002)
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship [Japanese] (2000)
  • Research Grant, Japan American Society of Pittsburgh (2000)
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship [Chinese] (1999-2000)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)
    • 2012-2014    Council Member
    • 2013-2014    Council Secretary (& Council Nominating Committee Chair)
  • Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR)
    • 2012-2015    President
    • 2007-2010    Publications Editor
    • 2005-2010    Member-at-large & Newsletter Editor
  • Society for Asian Music
    • 2011-2016    Editorial Advisory Board (East Asia)
  • Crossroads Project on Diversity, Difference, and Under-representation (SEM Standing Committee)
    • 2008-2010    Co-Chair
  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MACSEM)
    • 1999-2001    Secretary

BIOGRAPHY:

Lei Ouyang Bryant (Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh; B.A. in East Asian Studies, Macalester College) is an Associate Professor of Music at Skidmore College. Her scholarly interests are in music, culture, and performance in East Asia (primarily China, Japan, and Taiwan) and Asian America. Her research examines issues of music and memory, identity, politics, race and ethnicity, popular culture, and social justice. Research projects include music and memory in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Race and Performance in Asian American musical theatre, and social justice and taiko drumming in the American Midwest.