Privatizing the Silk Road in Contemporary China

While Beijing deploys the Road and Belt Initiative as a geopolitical imaginary for international networks, such policies also heavily impact the ways in which local practices adapt to the R&B initiative. Among different efforts to privatize the Silk Road, the physical remains of heritage sites become a key space where local actors deploy a neoliberal logic to blend heritage management and business development. In Xi’an, where the Tang West Market Museum is located, this shows how the past and present reinforce one another.

When Your Country Has History and People Have Memory

Another momentous and violently suppressed protest occurred ten days before the opening of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. The world, however, has hardly any memories of what happened during the brutal and cowardly massacre of an unknown number of students at Tlatelolco, the open market where Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado massacred Aztecs in 1521.

The Laurel Cemetery Project of Baltimore

As the lone anthropologist at a small teaching university in West Baltimore, I have often sought collaborative opportunities with disciplinary colleagues at nearby institutions.

Mediating Business Risk on the Shanghai Subway

In 2018, two new poster series colorfully bursting with depictions of urbanites in extremis appeared on Shanghai’s subways. They advertise competing mobile phone apps that allow users to check out suppliers, buyers, investment companies, and potential employers to suss out the likelihood of being cheated by them.

Promoting the Anthropological Perspective in Global Health Systems Scholarship

A small sub-field within medical anthropology has focused on the social organization, power relations, and politics of health policy and systems. This scholarship takes policymakers and health staff—at various levels of the health system—as points of ethnographic entry. This requires a somewhat different epistemological orientation than anthropologists’ usual focus on recipient populations, one which works through the multiple individuals and bureaucracies that produce a culture—such as the culture of biomedicine. High-quality ethnographic work is perhaps the best way of understanding the complex systems that may impede progress in fighting disease or enable the promotion of good health.

President’s Annual Report

It was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces at the SUNTA business meeting in San José, and special thanks to those who skipped the beginning of the Joint Sections Reception—which SUNTA is delighted to co-sponsor—in order to attend. We hope to see you again at the May SUNTA-SANA conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Watching the World Cup in Russia

It is July 1, 2018, and Moscow is celebrating. After an incredible turn of events in the World Cup football championship, the Russian national team has defeated La Furia Roja, the Spanish national team and one of traditional favorites of international football.

SEAA Highlights at the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting

The SEAA section hosted a diverse range of activities, presentations, and events at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Highlights include: 25 panels (including four co-sponsored invited sessions), a Business Meeting featuring a special speaker, and a lunch-time mentoring workshop on “Teaching East Asian Anthropology.”

#MeToo, Believing Survivors, and Cooperative Digital Communication

The #MeToo movement—as it emerges in social interaction and digital communication—is a discursive formation that suggests at least two frames of linguistic analysis. This column seeks to unpack the hashtag’s emergence in co-oxygenated social interaction, its transformation through digital communication, and closes with brief thoughts on its limitations for transformative social justice change.

ASA at the 117th AAA Annual Meeting

Members of the Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA) will remember the 117th AAA Annual Meeting for several reasons. First and foremost was place and time: San José, when some of the worst forest fires in US history were destroying large swathes of California.