Thirty years after hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators were killed, memories of the bloodshed remain fraught.
Rachel RinaldoI remember watching the Tiananmen protests on TV 30 years ago, at age 17. I was awed and humbled by the bravery of the Chinese students. They didn't succeed in China, but their anti-authoritarian protests influenced people from Eastern Europe to Indonesia.
Ethnic Chinese have been leaving Indonesia for Taiwan for decades, but because many can’t speak Mandarin and don’t know Chinese traditions, islanders don’t consider them Chinese; after years living there some still feel the pull of Indonesia.
Rachel RinaldoNicely done article on Chinese Indonesian identities in Taiwan.
Reports of the rally this week prompted foreign missions such as the United States embassy to issue a warning of "heightened risk of terrorism" and mass demonstrations in Jakarta, as well as other cities in Indonesia, such as Surabaya and Medan.....
Lawmakers comfortably pass law allowing same-sex couples to form 'exclusive permanent unions' - first for Asia.
Rachel RinaldoThere is some good news in the world! "Today, we have a chance to make history and show the world that progressive values can take root in an East Asian society." Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriage legislation @AJENews
In the past, ethnographers often presented themselves in the classic hero frame, where they appeared authoritative and calm. Recent ethnographers, though, reveal hardship and vulnerability yet...
Rachel RinaldoI love this new essay by Randol Contreras about ethnographic failures, because this is certainly one of the truths of ethnography, and part of the reason it can take so long to produce work.