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Khin Thazin and Stephen Campbell: How the Myanmar coup has impacted migrant workers abroad

Focaal Web Editor , June 7th, 2022

The February 2021 military coup in Myanmar put an end to the country’s ten-year period of quasi-civilian electoral rule—the so-called democratic transition, as it was optimistically called. Since…


Book Forum: Therapeutic Politics of Care in Asia by Nicholas Bartlett

Nicholas Bartlett , July 19th, 2021

The six review essays in this collection emerge from a joint launch of five books and one dissertation/ book-in-progress and a panel at the recent annual meeting of…


The “macrobiotics friends association”: nurturing life amidst chronic disease in Vietnam by Le Hoang Ngoc Yen

Le Hoang Ngoc Yen , April 16th, 2021

“I will never return to that Zone of Death! You too should try to follow this diet to nurture life.” Aunt Minh[i](Fieldwork notes, February 2018) We first met…


Ghosts Look Over the Shoulders of Myanmar Peace Negotiators

Mobilizing Cemeteries, Representing Ancestors: The Infrastructure of Protest and the Anti-Petroleum Complex Movement in Pengerang, Malaysia

Chun-Yu (Jo Ann) Wang , December 15th, 2020

Resisting the “Rotterdam Port of the East” In 2011, the prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, and the CEO of the national oil company Petronas, Shamsul Azhar Abbas,…


Nicole Weydmann, Kristina Großmann, Maribeth Erb, Novia Tirta Rahayu Tijaja: Healing in context: Traditional medicine has an important role to play in Indonesia’s fight against the coronavirus

focaal_admin , September 8th, 2020

The first two cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia were announced on 2 March 2020, quite late compared to other countries. The first patient was a 31-year-old woman who…


Sophia Hornbacher-Schönleber: “A Matter of Priority”: The Covid-19 Crisis in Indonesia

focaal_admin , May 11th, 2020

Sophia Hornbacher-Schönleber, University of Cambridge COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in Indonesia. The government ignored the crisis for too long, relying on a dubious religious discourse of divine pro…


Batman’s Butler Alfred Philosophizes about Colonial Violence in British Burma

Stephen Campbell: Touring Myanmar’s leftist history

Focaal Web Editor , May 14th, 2019

For more by the author, see his article “Putting-Out’s Return: Informalization and Differential Subsumption in Thailand’s Garment Sector” in Focaal, freely available to all rea…


Enacting Dependence by Sharon S. Marie

Sharon S. Marie , February 19th, 2019

One summer evening while I was conducting fieldwork on sign language interpreting in Hanoi, Vietnam, the board members of the Hanoi Deaf Cultural Group (HDCG1), all of whom…


The Time Travelers: Ambiguous Returns

colinhoag , February 7th, 2019

By Elaine Gan, New York University §  H. G. Wells’ 1895 novel introduced us to a modernist conception of a time machine, a humanmade device that renders time…


Picturing Change, Seeing Continuity: Hmong Story Cloths

Jason Baird Jackson , January 13th, 2019

It is a new year and a new semester at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and that means new exhibitions! There are new exhibitions still to open…

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Politics by Other Means: Health in Việt Nam by Martha Lincoln

Martha Lincoln , July 19th, 2018

My research in Việt Nam addresses how medicine, health, and disease function as political and cultural signifiers as well as telegraphing – in the form of epidemiological data…


Ep. #8 Savage Bitcoin, hamster flushing, scholars at work, and New Mandala: this month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , February 18th, 2018

This month, Ian (1:25) digs into Bitcoin, arguing that the cryptocurrency is no different than regular currencies, and can be analyzed along all the same lines: symbolically, materially,…

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Creating a World Without Poverty?

guestanthropologist , January 8th, 2018

By Hannah Feldman Sat on the floor of a small shared room on the outskirts of Metro Manila, Mae* and her sisters are hurriedly crafting necklaces, while their…

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Citizen aid – and why ordinary people are founding their own development projects

guestanthropologist , October 9th, 2017

By Anne-Meike Fechter At the height of the European refugee crisis, volunteers delivered goods to makeshift camps in Calais, set up soup kitchens, and helped recent arrivals on…

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guestanthropologist , September 18th, 2017

By Elisa Sandri In late August, alarming reports and harrowing images started to surface from Myanmar. It soon became clear that Rohingya people—a Muslim minority living in a…

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A Mon Carrying Basket from Myanmar

Jason Baird Jackson , July 23rd, 2017

Between November 1963 and August 1964, William C. Sturtevant and Theda Maw Sturtevant pursued ethnographic field research in Burma (now Myanmar) with support from the (U.S.) National Science…

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A Dyak Carrying Basket

Jason Baird Jackson , July 22nd, 2017

The Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution holds a large ethnographic collection from Maritime Southeast Asia. This Dyak basket was collected not long …

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An Ifugao Packbasket from Northern Luzon, Philippines

Jason Baird Jackson , July 21st, 2017

In connection with ongoing research on work baskets in the Southwestern provinces of China, I spent some time during the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology looking comparatively at…

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Some Old Javanese/Old Sundanese Resources

A. J. West , March 8th, 2017

Halo semua! It’s been a while. Things have been a bit hectic.     I got married in Gibraltar last August and moved to the Netherlands with my wife,…

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Some Old Javanese/Old Sundanese Resources

A. J. West , March 8th, 2017

Halo semua! It’s been a while. Things have been a bit hectic.     I got married in Gibraltar last August and moved to the Netherlands with my wife,…

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REZEKI: Gold and Stone Mining in Aceh

RESOURCE WORLDS , November 18th, 2016

“REZEKI: Gold and Stone Mining in Aceh” was produced jointly by SEATIDE and the University of Milano-Bicocca. The 52-minute film is based on Giacomo Tabacco’s and Silvia Vignato’s…


Tim Hannigan’s ‘A Brief History of Indonesia’

A. J. West , February 18th, 2016

I’m in two minds about Tim Hannigan’s A Brief History of Indonesia (2015). Part of my brain is cruelly happy that Hannigan’s book is so deficient in covering…

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