Dr. Diao Ying

Dr. Ying Diao


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Ying Diao is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Religious Diversity, where she is part of the Department’s Research Program on 'South-West China and South-East Asia.' Ying graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a PhD degree in ethnomusicology (May 2016). Based on multi-sited fieldwork in China, Myanmar, and Thailand between 2012 and 2014, her doctoral dissertation is an anthropological and ethnomusicological study of contemporary religious practices and social changes of the Christian Lisu in the Nujiang Prefecture of northwest Yunnan on the China-Myanmar border. It uses the lens of music to examine cultural politics of religious expression in China’s minority border regions and explores the role of music in the formation of Lisu transnational religious networks.

Ying holds a MA in Theory of Literature and Arts from Fudan University, Shanghai (June 2008) and a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Tsinghua University, Beijing (July 2005). Her major research interests are in the ethnomusicological studies of world Christianities, the history of Chinese-Western cultural exchange in modern times, and in the musics of minority nationalities, politics of ethnicity, and multiculturalism in modern Chinese society. Thanks to her relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area and intern work in the production of Sounds of California program at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, she has developed another interest in topics of Asian American contemporary art and music, and social practice and music in California communities.


[2018] Secular-sacred interface: The Lisu farmer chorus and the cultural politics of representation of minority culture in Yunnan’s Northwestern Nujiang Prefecture. In M.M. Ingalls, M. Swijghuisen Reigersberg, & Z.C. Sherinian (Eds.), Making Congregational Music Local in Christian Communities Worldwide. London: Routledge. 

[2018] "Review: Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age," Yale Journal of Music & Religion 4(2), Article 7.