The summer was a busy and productive time for me. In June I led a study-abroad group jointly sponsored by the UHP and the Department of Anthropology to China for a three week field course on culture and development in the PRC. Besides Beijing, we visited the city of Datong and an historic Buddhist pilgrimage site, Mount Wutai. I was fortunate to have an outstanding group of undergraduates (including the UHP’s own Meagan Byrne), who were quite willing to grapple with the challenge of travel in China at a time of widespread H1N1 fears. From Beijing I then traveled to Bali, Indonesia to observe that country’s recent presidential election and visit several contested cultural heritage sites on the island, including Puri Besakih, the most important Bali-Hindu temple complex, and the Kuta Memorial, built on the site of the 2002 nightclub bombing at Kuta Beach, Bali. Back in the States, I continued to work on our social science course objectives as well as my own research. In early August I was able to spend a week at our family cottage near Port Colborne, Ontario, which reminded me yet again how Canada gets so many things right.
I have also seen several pieces in print recently, including an article on heritage policies in China (“Cultural Heritage, UNESCO, and the Chinese State: Whose Heritage and for Whom?” Special Issue, Heritage Management 2:1 (Spring 2009), 55-79), an analysis of the moral economy of street vending (“I Bought this at Eastern Market: Vending, Value and Social Relations in an Urban Street Market” in Donald Wood (ed.), Economic Development, Integration, and Morality in Asia and the Americas, Annual Review of Economic Anthropology, Volume 29. London: Emerald Publishing, 381-406), and a book review of a new edited volume on Tibet (Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China’s 100 Questions, in the Journal of Contemporary Asia, 39:3 (August 2009), 490).