Annie Cao '25 Receives Mallach Senior Thesis Fund

May 16, 2024

According to a Lewis Center for the Arts press release, more than $177,000 has been awarded to Princeton students for summer projects in the arts. 

"Rising seniors Annie Cao and Layla Williams (Whitman) have been selected for funding through the Mallach Senior Thesis Fund. This award, established by Douglas J. Mallach ’91, supports the realization of proposed senior independent projects that incorporate historical research and create an alternative path to learning history.

This summer, English major Annie Cao, who is pursuing a minor in creative writing, will translate lyrics and conduct an ethnomusicological study as she examines the career and legacy of Teresa Teng (1953-1995), a Taiwanese singer known as “Asia’s Eternal Queen of Pop.” Traveling to Taipei, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Singapore, Cao will interview multigenerational fans of Teresa Teng, talk with music scholars, visit museums, attend concerts and festivals, and generally immerse herself in the language and culture in ways that support her research and translation. Cao intends to craft a collection of original poetry interpreting Teng's life, musical narratives, and influence on East Asian relations and the Asian diaspora; the poems will be included as part of her senior creative writing thesis."

Read more on the Lewis Center for the Arts website here