As I continue dealing with the crushing weight of anxiety on my journey to graduate school and the fetid assault on human dignity we call contemporary U.S. politics, I return with readings for the week.
For any grad students who struggle with sleep trying to finish their dissertation, just think of getting on the list of best cultural anthropology dissertations for next year! (or dread the coming stress of the job search and start reframing personal success)
If you are a fan of African American history and data visualization, The Public Domain Review displays beautiful hand-drawn infographics by W. E. B. Du Bois about the Black economy in Georgia.
The podcast The Kitchen Sisters explores the role kimchi plays as a cultural ambassador for Korean culture through “gastrodiplomacy”. However, I was reminded of the one time I went to a potluck where a friend tried to feed me bland and unfermented cabbage, where he had the audacity to call it kimchi.
Speaking of food, Diep Tran on NPR illustrates the disconnect between trendy foodies looking for cheap eats and exploitation of immigrant labor in restaurants.
If you happen to be in New York City before March 7, 2017, I would suggest the “Black Cowboy” exhibit at the Studio Museum in Harlem that explores the hidden history and present state of Black Cowboys in the U.S.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes recalls her how her life and research informs her long history of activism among many communities. The piece on Boom California emphasizes the special role anthropologists have in creating theory that is accessible to broader publics and engage the people anthropologists write about toward collective liberation.
I will be back soon with more readings, until then keep reading and resisting.