Off to a Quick Start: My Arrival In Beijing

I wish that I could say that my first few hours in China, a country that I have studied from afar for over six years, were full of wonder and intellectual intrigue. That would fit more conveniently with my self-perception as an adventurous and eager academic, itching for new experiences. Instead, … [Read More...]

Fake Stuff – updated Nicky Coutinho, veteran of the 2012 program, recently updated the video that he and Shanel Tage did on the knockoff market in China. It's good to see the continuing impact of their experiences in the Davidson in China program continue on in their … [Read More...]

Taipei vs. Shanghai This video was produced by Alex Bau and Shanel Tage, for ANT 372 and the Davidson in Shanghai Program in the fall of 2012. … [Read More...]

The Making of ‘Pound the Alarm’ for FUDANSO

Daniel Van Note choreographed a dance for FDANSO, a student dance company that performed in late November. By coincidence, one of the dancers in the group (Li Yazhi) was also in the Visual Anthropology seminar as well, and joined Dan to perform in this dance. Making of "Pound the Alarm" dance with … [Read More...]


No Regrets: My 20th Birthday in Toronto

So as some of you may have realized, I was not in Shanghai for the past week. As crazy (and exorbitantly expensive) as it may have been, I decided at the last minute to fly to Toronto to attend the 50th Anniversary commemoration ceremony of the 1962 Chinese-Indian internment. While my dad gladly … [Read More...]

My Own Personal “Fear Factor”

When I was younger, my family would all sit down together and watch "Survivor" and then "The Fear Factor".  On "The Fear Factor" reality show, contestants have to face their fears by outlasting the others in uncomfortable or disgusting situations. It was always a good time to scream or laugh at the … [Read More...]

An Unsustainable Eco-City? An ethnographic film by Bohannan, Coursen, and Feng

Chai Lu Bohannan and Julie Coursen did fieldwork with Fudan University graduate student Feng Ran examining the social impact of a developing eco-city on nearby Chongming Island. Because Chongming, an island in the Yangtze River Delta, is a couple of … [Read More...]

Yeeva Cheng delivers a paper at an international Hakka Studies conference

At an international conference titled "Hakka Cultural Diversity and Theory in Hakka Studies" held at Jiaying College in Meizhou Prefecture, Guangdong Province on December 6-10, 2012, Yeeva Cheng ('15) presented "Historical Trauma and Cultural … [Read More...]