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Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier

February 9, 2015

What does a transition from subsistence agriculture to capitalist agriculture look like? At the January 23, 2015 book launch for Tania Li’s new book, Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier,  co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Development...

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Migration, Ecology, and China’s New Urban Space: A Screening of The Land of Many Palaces

February 9, 2015

Picture this: A sprawling metropolis situated in the middle of a barren desert, comprised of a multitude rows of glimmering, but empty apartment blocks. Welcome to Ordos City.

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Special Issue of the Journal of Korean Studies co-edited by CSK Faculty

February 7, 2015

Judy Han, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, and Jennifer Jihye Chun, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, were guest editors for a special edition of the Journal of Korean Studies on “Gender and Politics in Contemporary Korea.”

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Modern Chinese Intellectual History: Diversity Hidden Under Dissent

February 6, 2015

In the West, when we think of Chinese intellectuals, the figures that come to mind are dissidents and democrats, activists and idealists. Often, the ones on our radar are those who have been imprisoned or persecuted for their ideas and...

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Professor Takashi Fujitani on Racism in America, War Memory, and Clint Eastwood

January 15, 2015

Undergraduate student Rachel Ball-Jones sat down with Professor Takashi Fujitani to talk about his research on Japan in World War II and how Hollywood plays a role shaping memory.

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Connecting How the Disappearing Future Turns into an Exploration of Different Pasts: An Interview with Janet Poole on her New Book

January 15, 2015

Undergraduate student Katy Wang sat down with Professor Janet Poole to talk about her new book and her work as a literary translator.

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Running the Largest Chinese-Language Website on the Cultural Revolution, and a New Book Out: An Interview with Yiching Wu

January 15, 2015

Undergraduate student Katy Wang sat down with Professor Yiching Wu to talk about his new award-winning book and the website he maintains as part of his on-going research.

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Non-Alignment and Afro-Asianism: The Difficult History of Two Sibling Movements

January 5, 2015

Non Alignment and Afro-Asianism, two terms deriving from similar ideological roots, are distinct movements that projected an enormous influence on the so-called third-world. On November 28, 2014, Dr. Lorenz M. Luthi presented at the Asian Institute an intriguing overview of...

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Multispecies Infrastructures in Thailand’s Chao Phraya Delta: Lecture on Floating Rice, Water Management Infrastructures, and Political Interests

December 5, 2014

What do rice, politics, and infrastructures have to do with each other? More than intuition would have us believe, as Atsuro Morita highlighted in his November 28, 2014 talk at the Asian Institute on multispecies infrastructures in Thailand’s Chao Phraya...

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“White Lawyer’s Burden” and Legal Orientalism: Lecture by Teemu Ruskola

November 26, 2014

The English Poet, Rudyard Kipling believed that the western civilization was duty bound to enlighten the more brutish and barbaric parts of the world. His poem, the White Man’s Burden opens by referring to these people as “new-caught, sullen peoples,...

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