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Building Temples in China: Memories, Tourism and Identities

Building Temples in China: Memories, Tourism and Identities

Selina Ching Chan, Graeme Lang
May 24, 2017

Much has been written on how temples are constructed or reconstructed for reviving local religious and communal life or for recycling tradition after the market reforms in China. The dynamics between the state and society that lie behind the revival of temples and religious practices initiated by...

Japanese Bosses, Chinese Workers: Power and Control in a Hongkong Megastore

Japanese Bosses, Chinese Workers: Power and Control in a Hongkong Megastore

Wong Heung Wah Wong
June 01, 2016

Examines the ways in of organising work, rank, compensation, and promotion inside a large Japanese company in Hong Kong, and its spiritual training, to reveal the socio-economic base of managerial control. A must for anthropologists and Japanologists....

Cultural Crisis and Social Memory: Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos

Cultural Crisis and Social Memory: Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos

Charles F. Keyes, Shigeharu Tanabe
May 31, 2016

This book explores social memory in the context of cultural crises of modernity in Thailand and Laos. It explicates the ways in which social memory constructed by the people enters modernity, and how this in turn causes fundamental ruptures with their past, as well as the various ways cultural...

Buddhism Observed: Travellers, Exiles and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu

Buddhism Observed: Travellers, Exiles and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu

Peter Moran
July 20, 2015

How do contemporary Westerners and Tibetans understand not only what it means to be 'Buddhist', but what it means to be hailed as one from 'the West' or from 'Tibet'? This anthropological study examines the encounter between Western travellers and Tibetan exiles in Bodhanath, on the outskirts of...

Calligraphy and Power in Contemporary Chinese Society

Calligraphy and Power in Contemporary Chinese Society

Yuehping Yen
August 15, 2014

This unusual and interesting book is a fascinating account of the world of Chinese writing. It examines Chinese space and the political and social use of writing as propaganda, a publicity booster and as a ladder for social climbing....

Anthropology and Colonialism in Asia: Comparative and Historical Colonialism

Anthropology and Colonialism in Asia: Comparative and Historical Colonialism

Jan van Bremen, Akitoshi Shimizu
May 19, 2014

For a time it was almost a cliche to say that anthropology was a handmaiden of colonialism - by which was usually meant 'Western' colonialism. And this insinuation was assumed to somehow weaken the theoretical claims of anthropology and its fieldwork achievements.What this collection demonstrates...

Varieties of Secularism in Asia: Anthropological Explorations of Religion, Politics and the Spiritual

Varieties of Secularism in Asia: Anthropological Explorations of Religion, Politics and the Spiritual

Nils Ole Bubandt, Martijn Van Beek
March 21, 2014

Varieties of Secularism is an ethnographically rich, theoretically well-informed, and intellectually coherent volume which builds off the work of Talal Asad, Charles Taylor, and others who have engaged the issue of secularism(s) and in socio-political life. The volume seeks to examine theories of...

Night-time and Sleep in Asia and the West: Exploring the Dark Side of Life

Night-time and Sleep in Asia and the West: Exploring the Dark Side of Life

Lodewijk Brunt, Brigitte Steger
December 12, 2013

Ideas and practices concerning sleep and night-time are constantly changing and widely varied in different cultures and societies. What we do during the day and night is the result of much political struggle. Trade unions, political parties, entrepreneurs, leaders and schools boards, all have an...

Chinese Death Rituals in Singapore

Chinese Death Rituals in Singapore

Tong Chee Kiong
August 01, 2012

Through a cultural analysis of the symbols of death - flesh, blood, bones, souls, time numbers, food and money - Chinese Death Rituals in Singapore throws light upon the Chinese perception of death and how they cope with its eventuality. In the seeming mass of religious rituals and beliefs, it...

The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan: Bodies Re-Presenting the Past

The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan: Bodies Re-Presenting the Past

Etsuko Kato
July 13, 2012

The subject of the tea ceremony is well researched both in and outside of Japan, but the women who practice it are hardly ever discussed. The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan rectifies this by discussing the meaning of the Japanese tea ceremony for women practitioners in Japan...

Asian Anthropology

Asian Anthropology

Jan Van Bremen, Eyal Ben-Ari, Syed Farid Alatas
August 21, 2009

Asian Anthropology raises important questions regarding the nature of anthropology and particularly the production and consumption of anthropological knowledge in Asia. Instead of assuming a universal standard or trajectory for the development of anthropology in Asia, the contributors to this...

Food and Foodways in Asia: Resource, Tradition and Cooking

Food and Foodways in Asia: Resource, Tradition and Cooking

Sidney Cheung, Chee-Beng Tan
April 15, 2009

Food is an important cultural marker of identity in contemporary Asian societies, and can provide a medium for the understanding of social relations, family and kinship, class and consumption, gender ideology, and cultural symbolism. However, a truly comprehensive view of food cannot neglect the...

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