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.

Culture and Mind in Moral Development in China

Why don’t Chinese socializers want their children to be compassionate and altruistic, or, at least, not too much? Why don’t young children share things in an egalitarian fashion, despite being told to do so by teachers and parents? Do these singleton children take for granted that everything belongs to them, or do they learn to negotiate ownership disputes and establish fairness rules? Are these children self-centered “little emperors” or are they well-disciplined students? My book, The Good Child: Moral Development in a Chinese Preschool examines these and other puzzling questions I encountered during my fieldwork in Shanghai, from 2011 to 2012.

Letter from SEAA President Glenda Roberts

The theme of the summer issue of AN, Anthropological Futures, has been much on my mind as I took up residence in this historic city far from my home in Tokyo. So why does an anthropologist who has spent nearly her entire career in Japan decide to take her sabbatical in France?

2017 Ted Bestor Prize

The Society for East Asian Anthropology awards the 2017 Ted Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper to Gil Hizi for his paper “Marketized ‘Educational Desire’: Shifting and Reproduced Meanings of High-Education in Contemporary China.” Hizi is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Sydney, Australia. The 2017 Ted Bestor Prize also had two […]

SEAA at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting

SEAA had an active presence at the past 2017 AAA Meetings, 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.