SEAA at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting

SEAA had an active presence at the past 2017 AAA Annual Meeting, from sponsoring panels to hosting mentoring workshops and member gatherings. This past meeting, the section sponsored a total of 20 panels that covered topics such as tourism and heritage, media, politics and subject formation, labor, and mobilities in a wide range of areas that also define East Asia beyond conventional geographical terms. Two of these panels were invited sessions, “Citizenship Matters!: Movement, Time, and Precarity in Asia-Pacific” and “From ‘History and Magical Power’ to ‘Filial Obsessions’: A Tribute to Professor Steven Sangren.”

June Hee Kwon (New York University) communicates with students about writing issues at the mentoring workshop. Tianyu Xie.

Continuing the practice of connecting members at all career stages—graduate students as well as junior and senior scholars—SEAA held several workshops at the 2017 AAA Meeting. The section’s student councilors Tianyu Xie, Jing Wang, and Yukun Zeng, organized a mentoring workshop on proposal writing and grant applications for early-career scholars and graduate students and an informal graduate student dinner. SEAA also hosted a workshop on “Publishing Your First Book,” organized by Priscilla Song, where panelists—most of whom have recently published Asia-related monographs—spoke about and worked with participants on topics such as the process of transforming the dissertation into a book and the review process.

The 2017 SEAA prize recipients, whose scholarship were judged to have contributed significantly to the field of East Asian anthropology, were announced at the Business Meeting. Yukiko Koga (Hunter College, CUNY) was awarded the Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize for her book Inheritance of Loss: China, Japan and the Political Economy of Redemption after Empire. The winner of the Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper was Gil Hizi (PhD candidate, University of Sydney), who wrote “Marketized ‘Educational Desire’: shifting and reproduced meanings of high-education in contemporary China.” Victoria Nguyen (PhD candidate, University of Chicago) and James Wright (PhD candidate, University of Hong Kong) received honorable mentions for their papers, respectively titled “Slow Construction: Alternative Temporalities and Tactics in the New Landscape of China’s Urban Development” and “Human Embrace, Mechanical Hugs: Japanese caregivers and robotic lifting devices.”

2017 Hsu Prize Winner Yukiko Koga with outgoing SEAA President Gordon Mathews and Hsu Prize Committee Chair Jie Yang. Jing Wang.

 

2017 Bestor Prize recipient Gil Hizi with outgoing SEAA President Gordon Mathews and incoming President Glenda Roberts. Jing Wang.
Victoria Nguyen, 2017 Bestor Prize Honorable Mention recipient with outgoing SEAA President Gordon Mathews and Bestor Prize Committee member Andrew Kipnis. Jing Wang.

Several SEAA members also celebrated their publications in print at the university press booths stationed at the AAA Meeting.

Jing Xu (University of Washington) with her book The Good Child: Moral Development in a Chinese Preschool (2017) at the Stanford University Press booth. Jing Xu.

 

Susan Brownell (University of Missouri-St. Louis) and Niko Besnier (University of Amsterdam) next to the poster for their co-authored book (with Thomas F. Carter, University of Brighton) The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics (2017) at the University of California Press booth. Susan Brownell.

Heidi K. Lam is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Yale University and a contributing editor for the SEAA section news column. She is writing her dissertation on commercial historically-themed experiences in Japan and their impact on tourism, the performing arts, and affective labor in the Japanese culture industries.

Please send news items, contributions and comments to SEAA contributing editors Heidi K. Lam([email protected]) and Yi Zhou ([email protected]).

Cite as: Lam, Heidi K. 2018. “SEAA at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting.” Anthropology News website, March 1, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.775

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