(All posts, except for Incoming President, start at the end of the AAA annual meeting in November)
Gordon MATHEWS (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
President 2015-2017, Incoming President 2013-2015
cmgordon[at]cuhk.edu.hk Gordon Mathews is professor and chair of the Dept. of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has written the books What Makes Life Worth Living: How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds (1996), Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket (2000), Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation (2008, with Kit-wai Ma and Tai-lok Lui), and Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong (2011)., and has co-edited books on consumption in Hong Kong, the Japanese generation gap, the pursuit of happiness globally, and economic globalization from below. In 2017, his book The World in Guangzhou: Africans and Other Foreigners in South China’s Global Marketplace, will be published; after that, he hopes to write a book on life after death in Japan, China, and the United States.
Glenda ROBERTS (Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies)
Incoming President 2015-2017, Bestor Prize Committee Chair, 2016-2017
robertsglendas[at]gmail.com I have two main areas of research: gender, family, and work in contemporary Japan, and immigration policy in Japan’s low-birth-rate, rapidly aging society. For the first topic, I am carrying out a longitudinal survey of ‘salarywomen’ since 2003, following them through their careers at a large firm. I also have a project underway with U. Hamburg on diversity and risk in Japanese employment. This relates to my second set of research interests on migration to Japan, on which I have written in the past and which I continue to study.
Li ZHANG (UC Davis)
Past President 2015-2017, President, 2013-2015
lizhang[at]ucdavis.edu Li Zhang is Professor of Anthropology and Interim Dean of Social Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Her interests include urban studies (especially space-making, urban planning, and power dynamics); global middle-classes and consumption practices; mental health and well-being; selfhood and therapeutic processes; labor migration; postsocialism; critique of neoliberalism; East Asia (especially China).
Carolyn STEVENS (Monash University)
Secretary 2015-2018, SEAA column co-editor 2005-2008
carolyn.stevens[at]monash.edu Carolyn Stevens is Professor of Japanese Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research to date has focused on the following themes disability, social welfare and maternal and child health care in Japan; and Japanese popular music, 1950s to present. She also has an interest more widely in sensory anthropology, and sound in Japan.
Susan BROWNELL (University of Missouri-St. Louis)
sbrownell[at]umsl.edu Susan Brownell is Professor of Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is an expert on sports in China and has published multiple works about the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. She is also interested in world’s fairs and did research on the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Her interests are in the body, gender, nationalism, transnationalism, and mega-events.
Sea Ling CHENG (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
sealing[at]cuhk.edu.hk Sealing Cheng works on issues of gender, sexuality, migration and displacement, as well as human rights and the law. Her early work focused on how nationalism and sexuality impinged on the citizenship regime and sex work policies of South Korea. Her current research focuses on experiences of African asylum-seekers and refugees as creative and desiring subjects in Hong Kong.
Joshua ROTH (Mt. Holyoke College)
jroth[at]mtholyoke.edu Joshua Roth is Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke College. His previous research explored the ways in which mediating institutions of immigration law and employment systems shaped the experiences of Japanese Brazilian migrants in Japan. He subsequently studied Japanese Brazilians in urban public spaces in Sao Paulo. His current research focuses on the history and culture of driving in Japan and he has written articles on discourses of emotions, manners, and safety; gender and lightweight cars; pedestrians, bicyclists and the shared road; and directional disorientation (hoko onchi). Currently, he is researching the scourge of kamikaze taxis and truck drivers in the era of high speed growth, and the efforts to control them.
Eleana KIM (University of California, Irvine)
eleana.kim[at]uci.edu Eleana Kim is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is a cultural anthropologist whose research and writing are organized around core anthropological concerns with nature and culture and the biological and the social in the production of personhood and social value. Her past and ongoing projects include transnational adoption from South Korea, the ecologies of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and transnational circulations of medicinal ginseng.
Priscilla SONG (Washington University in St. Louis)
priscillasong[at]wustl.edu Priscilla Song is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a sociocultural anthropologist working at the nexus of medical anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), and China studies. Her book Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China (http://press.princeton.edu/
Shao-hua LIU (Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica)
shaohua[at]sinica.edu.tw Liu Shao-hua is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. Her research uses AIDS, drug use, leprosy, or environment issues as the vantage point to analyze the nature and trajectories of contemporary social change in China and Taiwan, as well as individuals’ life experiences and transformations within social change.
Ayako TAKAMORI (Marylhurst University)
atakamori[at]marylhurst.edu Ayako Takamori is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts at Marylhurst University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research is driven by an enduring interest in how belonging and identities are negotiated and mediated across borders and in post-conflict contexts. Areas of interest include comparative race and ethnicity, transnationalism and globalization, gender and sexuality, and media and visual cultures. She is currently completing her book manuscript, Traversing Borders: Japanese American Transpacific Positionings, about Japanese American ethnic formations in Japan.
Tianyu XIE (Stanford)
Student Councilor 2015-2017
tianyux[at]stanford.edu Tianyu Xie is a third-year Ph.D. student in Anthropology Department at Stanford University. Her research focuses on a group of Chinese women venture capitalists who have channeled transnational venture network between China and United States. The major research question is how gender and kinship have shaped entrepreneurial relationship and the way transnational venture capitalism operates.
Jing WANG 王菁 (Rice University)
Student Councilor 2016-2019
jw28[at]rice.edu Jing Wang is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Rice University. Her broad research interests are historical imagination, anthropology of state, urban development, social movement, ethnic community, documentary production, and modern Chinese art. Her dissertation project (July 2015 – July 2016) focuses on the Chinese state’s ongoing promotion of domestic multiculturalist policies through exploring the way it mobilizes cosmopolitan imaginaries of the “New Silk Road.”
SEAA Column Editors (AAA Newsletter) (Appointed by the Board)
|Heidi LAM (Yale University)
(see SEAA communications team, below)
|Yi ZHOU (UC Davis)
SEAA Digital Communications (Web, FB, Twitter) (Appointed by the Board)
Heidi K. Lam, Yale University, heidi.lam[at]yale.edu
Heidi K. Lam is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Yale University. She specializes in Japan, tourism, popular entertainment, the performing arts, and the political economy of the culture industry. Her dissertation project ethnographically examines the experiences generated within commercial heritage-themed spaces in Japan, especially during the most recent wave of touristic promotion. Focusing on frontline encounters among the staff, tourists, and other kinds of visitors, the project questions the company’s employment of bodily engagement (taiken) and role-play for cultural communication and their unanticipated effects.
Priscilla SONG, Ph.D., priscillasong[at]wustl.edu
Washington University in St. Louis
(see SEAA councilor profile above)
Guven WITTEVEEN, Ph.D., anthroview[at]gmail.com
Guven Witteveen is Applied Anthropologist at Science Craft, an emergency management consulting company in Japan. His interests include visual anthropology, disaster ethnography, museum studies and public outreach education, local history representation and citizen movements, as well as foreign language learning.
Yi ZHOU, yizhou[at]ucdavis.edu