Vivian Hsu’s thesis draws criticism

‘ARTIST’S TRANSFORMATION’: Although Hsu’s thesis focused on herself, her adviser said that it met the school’s requirements as it was not an academic report

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 19, 2020
By: Rachel Lin, Lin Nan-ku and Dennis Xie / Staff reporters, with staff writer

Singer-actress Vivian Hsu holds flowers given to her by her husband at a news conference in Taipei on March 19 announcing that she was joining Sony Music.
Photo: Chen Yi-kuan, Taipei Times

Taiwanese singer and actress Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄), who in January obtained her master’s degree from Shih Hsin University, has drawn criticism for using herself as the subject of her graduate thesis.

The 45-year-old performer’s thesis — titled “The Artist’s Transformation Strategy in The Internet Age: Take the Star Vivian as an Example” — has been listed in Taiwan’s National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.

Political commentator Fan Li-da (范立達), a Shih Hsin alumnus, on Wednesday wrote on Facebook that although he respects Hsu, who he said is a hardworking entertainer, he was shocked that the university accepted her thesis.

“I find it really hard to believe that a thesis that takes the author herself as the subject of research was allowed by the instructor and the whole oral defense committee, and even passed the ethical review,” Fan said.    [FULL  STORY]

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