Disasters Digitized

Participatory Archiving and Collaborative Commemoration Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. [pquote]If the content of an archive matters deeply, then so does its medium.[/pquote] Although much has been said about the triple disaster—earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns—in Japan in March 2011 (hereafter, 3.11), the upsurge of digital records and efforts to archive them in […]

Devaluing Human Labor

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. The rise in economic inequality associated with technological displacement is one of the defining issues of our time. Last year the White House reported that recent advances in AI will result in the obsolescence of millions of low and medium-skill jobs and […]

Making Money Visible

Digital Money and Financial Precarity amongst Chinese Migrant Workers In the summer of 2016, my students and I were in the industrial city of Shenzhen, South East China, conducting a small exploratory study aimed at gaining an overview of migrant factory workers’ attitudes towards digital money platforms. Over two weeks, we had spoken to many […]

Situated Digitalization

Introduction to the Series of “Digital Anthropologies in East Asia” In 2012, the Google policy analyst Andy Yee (2012) claimed that East Asia finally began a second digital revolution that was transforming the region from manufacturing digital hardware to creating digital content and services. According to Yee, this second stage of digitalization was more innovative and […]