Introduction to the Series “Social Movements in Japan”

Contributing Editors’ Note: We present our next Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) article series on the social movements that are presently occurring in Japan, with David H Slater (Sophia U) as this series’ curator. What follows is his introduction to the context and content of the four forthcoming reports in this series. The triple […]

Behind the Scenes

Ethnography in the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement On the wall are handwritten notes and posters, yellow ribbons are distributed and thousands of students from various Hong Kong universities listen to student speeches and calls for action. It is September 22, 2014, the first day of a weeklong student class boycott. The kick-off was held at […]

Buddhist and Christian Interpretations of the Hong Kong Protests

Socially Engaged Religion and the Umbrella Movement Even though the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement was mainly a political movement sparked by economic and political distress, religion played a significant factor in the event. The role of religious leaders and symbols has been discussed in different media channels throughout the duration of the protests, for […]

Interview with the 2014 Hsu Book Award Recipient Manduhai Buyandelger

Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Memories, and Gender in Contemporary Mongolia written by Professor  Manduhai Buyandelger (MIT) won the 2014 Hsu book Prize. Tragic Spirits illustrates how shamanism has been revived by the Buryat people in Mongolia after the collapse of socialism and the further impoverishment of this marginalized ethnic group under the pressures of neoliberal capitalism. […]