DR. YUNXIANG YAN, of the University of California in Los Angeles, California, received funding in May 2002 to aid research on McDonald's restaurants in Beijing, China. Through an ethnographic account of the consumption of McDonald's food and associated cultural symbols, Yan examined local transformations of Americana and the sociocultural effects of global capitalism in Beijing, engaging in current anthropological debates over transnationalism and cultural globalization. Fieldwork was carried out between September 2003 and February 2004 in Beijing and Shanghai.
KA-MING WU, then a student at Columbia University, New York, New York, received funding in October 2003 to aid research on ''Speaking Bitterness': History, Culture and Politics in Modern China,' supervised by Dr. Myron L. Cohen. The research investigated how 'speaking bitterness' -- a form of speech historically utilized as a Communist mobilization strategy to articulate experience of exploitation and to create class consciousness among the peasantry before and after in 1949 China -- continued to affect the way people articulated their experience in post-socialist China.
Preliminary abstract: Qigong, an ancient Chinese healing practice, has become increasingly popular among the female Chinese minority in Malaysia. Grounded on the belief that cosmic energy is polluted and stagnant and therefore 'blocks' one's physical energy, qigong heals by allowing practitioners to clear 'blockage,' a diagnosis that covers everything from a stiff neck to frustrations with the pursuit of personal success.
JELLE J.P. WOUTERS, then a graduate student at North-Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya, India, was awarded a grant in April 2012 to aid research on 'Exploring State and Nonstate Approaches to Socio-Economic Development in Nagaland,' supervised by Dr. Tanka B. Subba. This ethnographic research focused on the Chakhesang and Chang Naga communities in the hilly and tribal state of Nagaland in northeast India.