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.

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.”

Curating Peninsular Destruction

Why is the base of the statue so fascinating for these American teachers, and why did the graduate student find the story interesting enough to share in the first place? Echoes of the Korean War adorn the landscapes of Seoul and South Korea, some more spectacular like the De-Militarized Zone, but most just ordinary sites akin to the statue’s base.

A Seductive Power Disturbing #MeToo

Echoing the global #MeToo movement, Chinese social media have raised a new wave of debates on issues of sexual harassment in Chinese educational institutions. Most critiques attend to the unequal power relations in which faculty members offer scholarly opportunities or advancement in exchange for sexual contacts with students, mostly female.

Looking Ahead by Going Back

“Chair of the Future.” Seventy years ago, Margaret Mead confirmed her futurist leanings by proposing that universities should promote the study of profound social transformations by appointing Chairs of the Future. Research on historical cultures and societies—“the Middles Ages and Classical Greece”—was already well established, she argued.