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In this lecture, David Ambaras reveals how the movement of migrants, smugglers, pirates, and trafficked people between China and Japan — and their sensationalization in the popular press — created surprising cross-currents in the politics of Sino-Japanese relations during the years of Japanese imperial expansion. In this presentation, I examine the histories of people who moved, the relationships they created, and the anxieties they provoked, in the spatial and social borderlands between Japan and China from the s to the s. Yet rather than see those borders and roles as already established and thus violated, I use cases of transgressive intimacy to highlight the ways in which territoriality and spatial imaginaries were being articulated in the imperial era.
David R. Ambaras reconstructs marginal lives - including those of pirates, peddlers, and child abductors - on the maritime edge of the Japanese empire. The world he evokes is unfamiliar and unforgettable; and as a framework for understanding modern Sino-Japanese relations, the book is an absolute must-read.
Columbia University Press, In its startling readings of bioethics, gender and regionality, as well as in its restoration of the eunuch figure to the centre of Chinese history, it poses a theoretically informed challenge to studies of Chinese modernity as much as to broader histories of science beyond Europe. David R. Cambridge University Press,
This major new study uses vivid accounts of encounters between Chinese and Japanese people living at the margins of empire to elucidate Sino-Japanese relations in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Each chapter explores mobility in East Asia through the histories of often ignored categories of people, including trafficked children, peddlers, 'abducted' women and a female pirate. These stories reveal the shared experiences of the border populations of Japan and China and show how they fundamentally shaped the territorial boundaries that defined Japan's imperial world and continue to inform present-day views of China.
While the former might prompt some to mutter Dutch words of a more uncouth variety under their breaths, the latter will leave me, the humble Asian Studies student, almost certainly without a seat and therefore a wee bit embittered. However, on a good day, I might drag myself up the three flights of winding, marble stairwell, deadset on securing that much desired seat, thinking: I wonder if anyone else ever notices the fossil imprints in the marble, and, can I really hold it against other students for seeking out the Shangri-la of study areas? Entrance to the Asian Library, situated inside the University Library.
As wave upon wave of conquerors swept across India, the encounters between victor and vanquished profoundly influenced the landscape of art. New and different styles of painting were woven into a native fabric rooted in tradition, caste, religion and culture. Beginning with pre-Mughal painting of the late Sultanate period, the display explores the advent of the Mughal miniature.
The MeToo movement has shed light on the violence and victimization some women face in professional settings and personal relationships. Although many high-profile cases have involved powerful men engaging in sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, it is important to note that victimization of women occurs in a wide range of contexts involving different types of relationships and forms of violence. As we acknowledge and reckon with these problems, we still face gaps in understanding how they manifest in certain marginalized communities. Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Study reveal that about one in five AAPI women reported experiencing rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, a rate ostensibly lower than that among women of other racial or ethnic identities.
London and New York: Routledge, ISBN The postcolonialist critique has become a normative stance for social scientists.
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