How are non-human forces, such as animals, plants, viruses, ornaments, sounds, and even garbage, active participants in shaping our social and political lives? This seminar explores the intersections between social and ecological issues of the Asia Pacific. Through studying literary works, films, music, and material remains, we examine case studies from ancient to contemporary contexts in East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Asia Pacific diasporas. Topics include: Cosmologies and political power of jade and dragons, post-World War II food economies and ecotourism, othering in nation-state building, transpacific environmental ethics, geopolitics of traditional medicines and viral outbreak, disaster and immigration trauma, and reimaginations of folkloric music in socio-political movements.
Course Attributes: EN SBU HumBU EthAS SSCFA SSCAR SSC
Section 01Topics in Anthropology: Vibrant Matter: Social Ecology of the Asia-Pacific
INSTRUCTOR: Hayashi TangView Course Listing