LAWRENCE – Ketty Wong-Cruz, associate professor of ethnomusicology, School of Music, has received a prestigious Fulbright Award to conduct research in China at Peking University.
Wong-Cruz will conduct ten months of fieldwork and archival research in several regions of China from September 2013 to June 2014.
To enrich understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of China’s social transformations in the past century, Wong-Cruz will explore the effects that globalization, political ideologies, and rapid processes of urbanization and modernization have had on contemporary Chinese culture and society by exploring the meanings that salsa and Western ballroom dancing have for different generations of Chinese people. Wong’s research examines how and why Chinese have incorporated Western social dances into their everyday life practices during the nationalist and communist periods, including the post-Mao economic reform.
Wong-Cruz earned her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas. She also holds a Master of Music in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music in musicology from the Moscow Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky. Wong-Cruz joined the KU faculty in August 2006. Her research interests focus on Latin American art, folk and traditional music, nationalisms, identity, migration, globalization, and ballroom dancing in China.
Wong-Cruz is the author of Whose National Music? Identity, Mestizaje, and Migration in Ecuador(2012), Luis Humberto Salgado: Un Quijote de la Música (2004), and co-author of Corsino Durán: Un trabajador del pentagrama musical (1993). A Spanish version of her book Whose National Music? received the Casa de las Américas Musicology Award for the best monograph on a Latin American music topic written in 2010, and was published in Cuba in 2012.
The Fulbright Program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” It was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in Washington. The Office of International Programs at KU coordinates all the different Fulbright programs, including the Fulbright Scholar program.