Fall 2019 C.V. Starr Fund for A/P/A Research Awardees

Congratulations to the Fall 2019 C.V. Starr Fund for A/P/A Research Awardees!

Samuel Chan (PhD candidate, NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science ’23) will present his paper, “Sinophonic Discords: Musical Hatred and the Negotiation of Sonic Difference,” at the New England Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society to be held at Amherst College. Chan’s presentation is based on a journal article-in-progress, which addresses emerging Sinophone critiques within the disciplinary milieu of North American musicology.

Yu-Shih Huang (MA student, NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science ’20) will conduct oral history interviews for the, “Taiwanese American Association of New York Oral History Project,” and create a digital archive. The project aims to foster intergenerational connection and dialogue, and document the Taiwanese American experience.

Diane Wong (Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study) will attend the annual meeting of the American Studies Association in Honolulu, Hawai’i to present her work on women-led resistance to displacement in Manhattan’s Chinatown as part of a panel entitled,  “Gender, Race, and Equality.” Wong will also participate in “Building Community Power: Asian American Media-Based Organizing as Resistance,” a panel exploring how university-based and movement-based scholars can reimagine technologies to build alternative methods to relationship building, models of knowledge production, and accountability in Asian American disciplinary studies.

Kally (Kangdeng) Zhao (undergraduate student, NYU Steinhardt ’20) will complete research for “Technology as Communication: Shaping Diaspora Identity through Social Media,” an examination of social media platforms including WeChat, Line, Facebook, and Whatsapp, frequently used by diasporic Asian communities to reveal how specific features of these social media platforms shape identity formation. Zhao’s methodology will include case studies, interviews, and site visits.


The C.V. Starr Fund for Asian/Pacific/American Student Research is available by application to NYU students and scholars working on academic and/or community projects with particular emphasis on the New York metropolitan region. The goal of this Fund is to promote a convergence of theory and practice in A/P/A Studies and its related fields by providing financial support for research expenses and/or conference participation. Learn more and apply.