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Dr. Jennifer Milioto Matsue, Associate Professor, Union College
Ethnomusicology; Japan and Bali
How long have you been a member of AAS?
Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues?
I consider myself a Japanologist as well as an ethnomusicologist. I therefore have to stay abreast of scholarship in Asia more broadly. And as academics becomes increasingly interdisciplinary, AAS is an important organization through which we can connect with others who share our interests.
How did you first become involved in Asian Studies?
By joining the association, presenting at a conference years ago, and publishing in the journal.
What do you enjoy most or what have been your most rewarding experiences involving your work in Asian Studies?
The comparative exploration of diverse peoples in Asia.
Tell us about your current or past research.
I have just completed varied publications on music in contemporary Japan and especially taiko in Kyoto (see Focus: Music in Contemporary Japan). I have another article forthcoming on the Vocaloid 3-D avatar Hatsune Miku and am developing new comparative research on religion, music and dance in Japanese Shintoism and Balinese Hinduism.
What advice or recommendation do you have for students interested in a career in Asian Studies?
Develop breadth and depth - have an awareness of the sweeping scope of Asian Studies, current theoretical trends, and areas of interest to our students, while also focusing on specific areas, working on language proficiency and thematic expertise.
Outside of Asian Studies, tell us some interesting facts about yourself.
I am an avid equestrian and have been riding horses since I was 5 years old. I am the Faculty Advisor to Union College's Equestrian Club.