Category: Anthropology

Cordial man

The other day, Jason Kottke in his long-standing (specifically, for about 15 years now) blog asked people to share what they’ve been up to during the pandemic and how their families and communities are coping. He decided to share the overwhelming responses he received from all over the world within one page — which also reminded me that […]

Teach thy tongue to say I do not know

I just came back from attending a very intense and useful workshop on ethnography, an anthropological method that I always find very interesting and something which I have always wanted to learn. For those not in social sciences, ethnography is the systematic method of studying people and culture. The ethnographer in the practice of classic […]

The way your blood beats

There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by where I haven’t thought about the fate of my submitted thesis. How much headache my arguments have given my supervisor — especially that brevity isn’t my greatest strength when it comes to writing? Was I clear enough in articulating my arguments? Whose perspective that I have overlooked […]

On aural experiences

Suffice to say, just like everyone, I tend to get sucked into an overthinking spiral over something sometimes with no significance at all e.g. why is Chipotle not pronounced as Aristotle, or compote like Capote, or what’s the political economy of Agrabah etc. And today I was reminded that a lot of times we only […]

Digital archiving & big dick data

I find it quite amusing, but also quite happy when my friends came to me to ask about what app I use to document and organise my work or notes, knowing how much of a radical organiser that I am. Among the first questions I would often ask is, “what would you want to use […]

On evil eye and envy

(Background: A few days earlier, in a community I joined I have come to a realisation that someone was unhappy about what I wrote, citing that we need to write more about “slices of life” like “coming home from work and watching YouTube”. I would normally let it go, but the fact that she made […]

Anthropology of social media

I’m in the middle of this online course called Why We Post : The Anthropology of Social Media. The course is constructed based on a 15-month ethnographic work in fieldsites such as Brazil, Chile, industrial and rural China, England, Italy, Trinidad and Turkey. What’s super interesting about the course is that it does not only explore […]