The Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy Fund

The Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy Fund supports graduate students in all academic fields with a concentration in Silk Road studies, who demonstrate high academic distinction. Research should be in keeping with the mission of the Tang Center to advance study of the historical overland and maritime exchange networks commonly referred to as the Silk Roads.  The Fund shall be used to support stipends, travel, or other expenses related to the graduate students’ research in Silk Road studies.

About the Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy Fund

The Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy Fund in Silk Road studies was established with a gift from Dallan and Karen Leong Clancy.

Mr. Clancy is a Berkeley alumnus in engineering; Ms. Clancy, also a Berkeley alumna, is Past President of the Cal Alumni Association and UC Regent Emerita.

Current Recipient

Gus Holley: 2023 - 2024

Gus Holley is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley with a BA in music and Asian Studies from Carleton College. His research examines the contemporary revival of the court entertainment music of China’s Tang dynasty (618-907 CE), listening to historically-informed performances of Tang music as interventions in Chinese music historiography as imagined in popular media. Gus is also a performer of the Chinese pipa and student of Pudong pipa master and composer Gao Hong. He has received four gold medals for Chinese music performance in international competitions in both the United States and China, and in 2018 became the first American to win a gold medal at the Liaoyuan Cup International Pipa Competition in Beijing.