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This article explores the complex moral choices of those who have negotiated the encounter between marketisation and distinctive religious traditions within and beyond Asia. I focus on the dramatic rise in the worship of the Goddess of the Treasury in northern Vietnam since the onset of...
This paper, based on the author's ethnographic descriptions, explores an alternative narrative of the relationship between traditional Chinese culture and ‘Western science’ in contemporary China. China is facing a revival of traditional culture at both governmental and official levels trying to...
Chinese society is entering a ‘period of chronic sickness’, especially hypertension, hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia, resulting from a more easily available diet rich in animal fat and protein. The damage is greatest in rural areas where medical and welfare facilities are limited and patients...
In this article, we report our research on Dai Lue in a rural area of Xishuangbanna, revealing how their tattoos have become an emblem of the self or an interiority cultivated through outer appearance, acted out and contested on people’s bodies as parchments for society’s discourses. China’s...
This article is about the domination of Butonese migrant traders in three urban marketplaces (pasar) of Ambon in the aftermath of sectarian conflict. The research examines how Butonese migrant traders struggle for their sovereign space and how they deal with the dissatisfied local traders in...
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