Yun Emily Wang
Assistant Professor of Music

Yun Emily Wang is Assistant Professor of Music and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies at Duke University. Working at the nexus of sound studies, Asian American/Canadian and diaspora studies, and intersectional queer and feminist thought, Emily is broadly interested in how the politics of difference orient people’s experience of sound.

Emily’s current book project, tentatively titled Sounding Homes and Making Do in Sinophone Toronto, is an ethnography of everyday sounding and listening practices among Chinese-speaking immigrants living and feeling the cunning of Canadian multiculturalism. With case studies on queer diaspora, geriatric care facilities, and the gendered geography of intimacy, this book ultimately argues for the political potentials of “mishearing” in minoritarian life. They are additionally working on two projects related to silence and quietude, and sonic registers of appetite and desire, respectively.

Emily plays the erhu, but only with a critical distance. She also experiments with a viola plugged into looping pedals.

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