Rachel Ong

Rachel Ong Shu Ying is a PhD candidate at the Institute 13 Ethnomusicology, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. In December 2022, she joined the institute as a University Assistant. She received both her BA and MA in Performing Arts (Music) from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her MA dissertation is in ethnomusicology, and it details how a minority ethnic group, the Peranakan Chinese (Baba Nyonya) negotiate their ethnic identity in Malaysia’s pluralistic society through popular music. Besides Peranakan studies, she is also interested in the study of music and gender and is exploring the queer performing scene in Kuala Lumpur by looking at the intersections of race, class, religion, and politics for her PhD project.

Before she joined Institute 13 Ethnomusicology, she taught part-time at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg under the Popular Music Studies (Minor) where she offered an introductory seminar on Popular Music in the Malay World. She has worked in the School of Arts, Sunway University (Malaysia) and was previously employed as a research assistant at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Malaya during her MA studies there. Currently, she serves as the vice-chair of the ICTM Study Group on Music, Gender and Sexuality for the 2019 – 2023 term.