A Tohoku Utopia? Alternative Paths After March 11, 2011

Yuko Nishimura Five months and 15 days after the March 11 (3.11) Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Prime Minister Naoto Kan fulfilled his promise to resign from office; in a 15 minute speech, he listed his achievements and praised himself saying “I did what I had to do.”  Kan was the fifth prime minister to step down […]

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Expatriate and ‘Local Hire’ Japanese in Hong Kong and the Struggle for the Soul of Japan

Ayako Sone and Gordon Mathews This article is based on research conducted by Ayako Sone in 2001-2002 on the cultural identities of Japanese in Hong Kong; but it places that research into a broader perspective.  We discuss the conflict between “Japanese” and “non-Japanese” among Japanese in Hong Kong: the conflict between expatriates and local hires—between, we argue, those who represent […]

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Tying People into Circles: Japan’s Future in Light of its Communicative Strategies

Peter Ackermann Japan’s possible futures, I suggest in this paper, may to a large extent be directed by the everyday models and strategies that Japanese people use to interact with one another, and with the wider world in the years to come. Communication strategies, and the culturally specific models of “the universe” and “the person” (inside the universe) on which […]

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Lost Melbourne: A Digital Ethnography of a Facebook Local History Group

Stefan Schutt, Marsha Berry and Lisa Cianci Victoria University, RMIT University Abstract Places and historical artefacts are being reimagined through social media on a daily and routine basis. Using an approach drawn from digital ethnography we analyse a 24-hour snapshot of the ‘Lost Melbourne’ Facebook community from an insider’s perspective. Lost Melbourne generates new perspectives on local history on a […]

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Opening the Lunchbox: What Distinction Looks Like from the Playground

PDF Vasquez, Carla R. 2013. Opening the Lunchbox: What Distinction Looks Like from the Playground. Global Ethnographic. Carla Rey Vasquez   Victoria University of Wellington, M.A. Abstract Through an ethnographic investigation of school lunchboxes, this paper explores how health, gender, and ethnicity are understood through children’s interactions. It examines the way children construct, affirm and/or challenge social distinctions and issues […]

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Teaching Anthropology in Schools

PDF Hendry, J. 2013. Teaching Anthropology In Schools. Global Ethnographic. Joy Hendry Professor Emerita, Oxford Brookes University MacGeorge Fellow, University of Melbourne In the autumn of 1910, anthropology was offered for the first time as a subject examined at the Advanced (A) level of the General Certificate of Education to pupils in their last two years of secondary education in […]

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Intracultural and Intercultural Dynamics of Capoeira

PDF Mason, P. 2013. Intracultural & Intercultural Dynamics of Capoeira. Global Ethnographic. Paul H. Mason Department of Anthropology Macquarie University Abstract In the port-cities of Brazil during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a distinct form of combat-dancing emerged from the interaction of African, European and indigenous peoples. The acrobatic movements and characteristic music of this art have come to be […]

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Red Wave Art in Oceania

PDF Watanabe, F. 2013. Red Wave Art In Oceania. Global Ethnographic. writing service Fumi Watanabe Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science & at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan. watanabefumi81@gmail.com Abstract This paper draws on anthropological fieldwork conducted at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture between 2004 and 2011. It describes the formation of the […]

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Welcome to Global Ethnographic! We’ve Launched, January 2014!

2-Format Publishing: Global Ethnographic is finally here! After years of planning and development our readers are now invited to share our vision. Read on and browse the site to see how you can: Scribble on us, Share us, & Push the Possibilities of Academic Publishing Whether academics or interested public readers, by publishing our articles as print geared PDFs  alongside […]

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Reconstructing Minority Identities In 21st Century Japan

PDF Nishimura, Y. 2013. Reconstructing Minority Identites in 21st Century Japan. Global Ethnographic. Yuko Nishimura Professor, Komazawa University, Tokyo Introduction In 1968, Shintaro Ishihara (now the governor of Tokyo) stated, ‘there is no other country like Japan, people who are virtually mono-ethnic, who speak the same language which is like no other country’s and which has a unique culture’ (Oguma 1995:358). […]

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