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Language Stereotypes in Contemporary Taiwan

Language Stereotypes in Contemporary Taiwan

Written by Ben Goren. Long-term foreign residents of Taiwan who have a certain level of linguistic fluency in the nation’s official language of Mandarin, will likely at some point have found themselves stymied by conversations which are suddenly interspersed with words, idioms, and vernacular derived from some of Taiwan’s other languages. It...

Jonathan Sullivan29 Apr 20142 comments

Experiencing China’s verticality and exposing abstractions in altitude

Experiencing China’s verticality and exposing abstractions in altitude

Written by Marijn Nieuwenhuis. I have spent two years in China, but I visited the country on three separate occasions. The first time, in 2006, was as part of a field trip with the University of Manchester’s Institute for Development. We visited the famous wonders of industrialisation that comprise the so-called ‘Pearl River Delta.’ It is...

Jonathan Sullivan28 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Confucian Rituals and Chinese Villagers

Confucian Rituals and Chinese Villagers

Written by Joseph Tse-Hei Lee (李榭熙) Liu, Yonghua. Confucian Rituals and Chinese Villagers: Ritual Change and Social Transformation in a Southeastern Chinese Community, 1368–1949. Religion in Chinese Societies, vol. 6. Leiden and Boston: E. J. Brill, 2013. xv, 326 pp. EUR 125.00/US$ 162.00 (hc). ISBN: 9789004257245. Yonghua Liu 劉永華 of...

Thomas Jansen25 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Lectures and Workshop by Professor Takahashi Tōru

Lectures and Workshop by Professor Takahashi Tōru

Department of Asian Studies and Project CHINET would like to cordially invite you to attend the lectures & workshop by Professor Takahashi Tōru from the Sugiyama Jogakuen University, School of Cross-Cultural Studies, Japan Lecture: Genji Monogatari and “The Song of Everlasting Regret” – Literature of Murasaki Shikibu and Bai...

Martin Lavicka25 Apr 2014Leave a comment

China's Sacred Commitment

China’s Sacred Commitment

Written by Ben Goren. In a new and illuminating paper published in Foreign Policy Analysis [1], Gregory Moore of Zhejiang University explores why ‘reunification’ of Taiwan is of such importance to the PRC Government and citizens (and perhaps to many ROC nationalists in Taiwan and abroad although this aspect is not discussed in the...

Jonathan Sullivan23 Apr 2014One comment

Rice wine and fieldwork in China

Rice wine and fieldwork in China

Written by Nicholas Loubere. In China, social networking in both the professional and private spheres is usually achieved through group meals or banquets. Drinking is often an important element of these social events as a means of showing respect and friendship. Researchers who wish to conduct in-depth fieldwork in China need to engage with this...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

The vulnerable observer: Fear, sufferings and boundary crossing

The vulnerable observer: Fear, sufferings and boundary crossing

Written by Yunpeng Zhang. On a windy afternoon in early April, I was on my way home before a thin woman intercepted me and asked me if I would be interested in her experience of forced eviction. After I had spent a month in this neighbourhood, displacees started to recognise me, a liuxuesheng (student studying abroad) working on Expo-induced...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Participation in musical ethnographic fieldwork in rural China

Participation in musical ethnographic fieldwork in rural China

Written by Catherine Ingram. During the past nine years I have undertaken more than 24 months of ethnographic research in rural Kam (in Chinese, Dong 侗) minority areas of southwestern China to investigate Kam music. Through being invited to participate in daily activities and musical events in rural Kam communities, and through my involvement...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Notes on visual methods and ethnographic practices

Notes on visual methods and ethnographic practices

Written by Deljana Iossifova. In early 2007, my fieldwork began with the task of identifying a suitable case study area. I chose an area north of Shanghai’s Suzhou Creek and west of the inner city. Here, there were two very different neighbourhoods adjacent to each other, separated only by a narrow street (see Figure 1). On one side, there was...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Gender and fieldwork in China: Investigating migrant workers in restaurants

Gender and fieldwork in China: Investigating migrant workers in restaurants

Written by Yang Shen. My research focuses on new-generation migrant workers (NGMs) in restaurants in Shanghai. New-generation migrant workers are defined as the second generation migrant workers following the Reform in 1978, and according to a national report published by the All China Federation of Trade Unions, refer to those whose ages are...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

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23 May 2016 / Norbert Francis

Yes, this was an interesting study by Chang and Lu of bilingualism and perceptions of the ...

25 May 2015 / Ming-Yeh Rawnsley

I just want to echo Gary's comments and to alert to readers who may be interested in Routl...

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Thanks for the inclusion, Jon. Readers may also be interested in the newly published Routl...

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