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 […]