Public examination of Ying-Hsien Chen’s dissertation

Ying-Hsien Chen will defend her doctoral dissertation entitled “Plucking the Forest Sound: the Transculturation of the Finnish Kantele in Japan” in the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, on 28 August 2023 at 12.

The public examination will take place in the festive hall of the Language Centre, Festive Hall, address: Fabianinkatu 26. Check the University of Helsinki’s website for more details and the streaming link for following the examination online.

Hiroko Ara in memoriam

WRITTEN BY Ying Hsien Chen
Hiroko Ara at Hokkaido University, July 1st 2018. Photo by Ying Hsien Chen.

For the past week, Hiroko Ara has been in our thoughts.

Hiroko Ara was supposed to be in Finland this March for our Women-Music-Futures symposium to share her music (with Haruhiko Saga, as Rauma duo) and her career as a kantele professional in Japan. Last week, we received heartbreaking news from Japan. She passed away on May 5th.
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