Category Archives: East, South & Southeast Asia

Madness in Republican China

A review of Spits, Chains, and Hospital Beds: A History of Madness in Republican Beijing, 1912-1938, by Emily Lauren Baum. This widely researched dissertation explores…

The Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters

A Review of the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters (jdarchive.org) Introduction The disasters of March 2011 in Japan (東日本大震災, or Great East Japan Earthquake)…

Compradors in British Hong Kong

A review of The City of Intermediaries: Compradors in Hong Kong from the 1830s to the 1880s, by Kaori Abe Kaori Abe’s Ph. D. dissertation…

Gender Relations in a Laotian Rubber Plantation

A review of “Where Gendered Spaces Bend”: The Rubber Phenomenon in Northern Laos, by Anna-Klara Lindeborg. Focusing on the Hmong households engaged in rubber plantation…

Colonial Photography in British India

Violence and the Archive: Colonial Photography in Nineteenth-Century British India My research deals with some of the more extreme elements of nineteenth-century imperial visual culture:…

Miracle Shrines in Northwestern India

A review of Gods for the Modern Era: The Rise of Miracle Shrines in Northwestern India, by Rufin Jamey Saul.   Rufin Jamey Saul’s dissertation,…

Clan Status in Thai Politics

A review of Trakun, Politics and the Thai State, by Katja Rangsivek. Most Thai newspapers regularly devote at least a couple of pages to photos…