6/9/18

Summer Teaching in Arts Policy



For the next two weeks, I will be teaching in Norway for our new PhD course Cultural Heritage and Policy in a Digital Age, a part of the Bergen Summer Research School: Global Challenges.  

To launch the BSRS opening event, I am also premiering an original piece on trumpet and piano, composed in collaboration with pianist Mai Goto. Fitting the program theme, we call it Facing Global Challenges.

UPDATE (15 June 2018): Here is a link to an article about BSRS!:


Our PhD course, which I am co-teaching with prolific math educationist and Indigenous Studies researcher Tamsin Meaney, has attracted accomplished scholars from all around the world, representing an array of academic and professional fields: from Norway, Nigeria, Turkey, India, Indonesia, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Guyana, and Greece. Their fields of specialization include archaeology, music, library/information science, law, public relations, socio-political studies, comparative literature, language arts, media technology, global studies, comparative politics, and museum studies. We have so much to learn from each other, and there are many good reasons to anticipate a very stimulating and profoundly meaningful experience together in Bergen, Norway!

Here is a link to projects from the course:



After BSRS, I teach a course for China’s leading law school, which nowadays has the world’s largest law faculty, CUPL-Beijing. That course is called “Arts Policy in the 21st Century”.



Later, I will go to Baku, Azerbaijian to chair two panel presentations at the 33rd world conference of the International Society for Music Education. The titles of these sessions are (1) “Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe: Authorship in a State-Sponsored International Network” and (2) “From China to the World: Internationalizing an Innovative Music Education Initiative”.



It is inspiring to have the chance to work with such diverse and thoughtful students, and to catch up with colleagues from across the world.

[Shown above is a photo I took of the harbour in Bergen a few days before BSRS. Below is a video of our performance from the opening day]



6/2/18

Book Launch and Concert of East Asian Music


A unique book release event and concert is planned for Friday, September 7, 2018, at University of Bergen and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. It is open to the public. A detailed schedule will be posted here when the planning is finalized.

We will celebrate the publication of a new book entitled International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies (Springer, 2018), which is a major research outcome of the Nordic Association for Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS).

A guest lecture will be offered by one of the distinguished contributors to the book, Dr. Lars Larm – a linguist recently affiliated with University of Gothenburg and Lund University, Sweden. 

As the book’s contributing Editor, I will also give a talk. The major sponsor for this event is the Japanese Studies department at University of Bergen, and support has also been offered by the Institute of Arts Education at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Here are links for further information about the book: