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.  

SEAA Mentoring Workshop and Graduate Student Dinner

In the past decade, SEAA has dedicated itself to the support of robust and rigorous research and the growth of anthropologists in East Asia and beyond. We have consistently worked on providing graduate students with opportunities to communicate with junior and senior scholars and better preparing them for professional development. Since its very beginning, SEAA has been hosting mentoring workshops and informal graduate student dinners during the AAA Annual Meetings.

Click and Touch

South Korean Missions in the IT Age Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. As I walked through the corridor at Onnuri Church in Seoul, South Korea, I nearly passed by a bespectacled man holding a sign that read, “IT Missions School, 2nd floor” (IT sŏn-kyo-hak-kyo). Seeing the sign, I […]

Not Just Another Gangnam Style

Framing politics and internet celebrity in East Asia Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. In August 2016, a minute-long video of a middle-aged man flamboyantly singing and dancing to an upbeat number known as “PPAP” or “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” went viral globally on YouTube. Singing in Japanese-accented […]

Hopeless Online and Yingyeo Culture in South Korea

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. It was around the late 2000s and early 2010s that young people of South Korea started to talk about the quasi-mythical story of online Yingyeo humans. It is said, “In the online world, many Yingyeo humans can be found.” Yingyeo humans live […]

Deterritorializing Chinatown in Digital Tokyo

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. [pquote]The growth in digital forms of sociality and their intersection with new mobilities has ensured that many Chinese community-forming practices in Tokyo have taken on less territory oriented dynamics.[/pquote]In 2008 a small group of Chinese business owners gathered together to propose the […]

Digital Video Archive

“Voices from Tohoku” Oral Narrative 東北からの声 Note: This project was supported by grants from Toyota Foundation, a Kaken grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education, and various sources from within Sophia University. A more detailed outline of the archive can be found here: Public Anthropology of Disaster and Recovery : “Archive of Hope”(希望ア–カイブ) Of all […]