Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award: Klavier Jie Ying Wang

Klavier Jie Ying Wang, who is a graduate student in New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) degree program, is the 2020 recipient of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award enables international archivists who are training or studying in the United States or Canada to augment their experience by attending the SAA Annual Meeting. 

Wang has an impressive work experience, publication history, and has received numerous awards. Before joining New York University (NYU), she worked for more than five years as a historical researcher and adjunct professor in Hong Kong. With a doctorate in communication studies from Hong Kong Baptist University, Wang is interested in the history of the Asian diaspora. Recently, she published the English monograph Hong Kong Popular Culture: Worlding Film, Television, and Pop Music (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020). Researching, documenting, archiving, and preserving history of Asian diaspora has always been a theme of her academic and career pursuit. When she returns to Hong Kong, Wang plans to pursue a career as an audiovisual archive to learn to preserve cultural heritage for future generations. The knowledge and professional experience from her education and professional conferences have become a precious asset to develop Hong Kong’s underdeveloped audiovisual archiving and preservation sector.

Attendance at the Joint Annual Meeting will allow her to gain additional knowledge and skills for augmenting the public awareness and stewardship of Hong Kong’s audiovisual heritage. Wang writes, “I believe attending the SAA conference will significantly broaden my horizon through dynamic knowledge and experience sharing.”