Racism Going Viral: The Coronavirus and Xenophobia

Not too long ago I came across a story from my local ABC News station, WFAA, on my Facebook news-feed. The story was about the continuing spread of the new coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China. Against my better judgement, I went to the article’s comments.
In the case of an epidemic, rumors and stereotypes are known to lead to scapegoating, which leads to further racism and discrimination. Differences in culture and ways of living are viewed as threats to one’s own existence. Fear of disease can be easily exploited to spread xenophobia for political or other gain. … More Racism Going Viral: The Coronavirus and Xenophobia

Best References for Anthropology Students, Part 2: Videos

For both new and veteran anthropology students (and really any students), videos can be a great resource for learning about and reviewing key concepts from your coursework. 

Readings are great and necessary for gaining in-depth knowledge, but sometimes you just want someone to break down the concepts for you in a simple format. These are some of the best video resources I recommend for anthropology students. … More Best References for Anthropology Students, Part 2: Videos

The Best References for Anthropology Students, Part 1: Books

The other day I got to thinking about the references that got me through grad school. Of course, my number one resource was my support system–the friends, mentors, and fellow students that had my back throughout my academic journey. If I could bottle up and sell the support that I received from these amazing people I’d probably be a millionaire, but I can’t. So here’s the next best thing!  … More The Best References for Anthropology Students, Part 1: Books

Anthropology and Climate Change

The AAA Statement on Humanity and Climate Change put forth in 2015 lists “eight points for understanding the impacts of climate change from an anthropological perspective.”  Within these points is an emphasis on the human causes of climate chance, the effects on vulnerable populations, and the ways an anthropological point of view could potentially help lesson some of climate change’s harmful effects. … More Anthropology and Climate Change

5 Years From Seoul

This is a piece I wrote as a reflection on my time studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea, back in 2015 (almost 5 years ago). Everyone that knows me, knows that my time in South Korea has had a huge impact on my life, my perspective, and my interests. My husband, some friends, and I will visit Seoul again in November 2019. … More 5 Years From Seoul

A Look at Current Events: Anthropology and Democracy

While watching coverage of the Hong Kong protests on Tuesday, I heard a U.S. American correspondent say something like “Americans hearts do, and should, go out the Hong Kong protesters.”I’ve watched quite a bit of coverage on the protests, and I eventually lost track of the exact video clip that I heard this statement from. Nonetheless, the quote has been stuck in my thoughts. In the U.S., many citizens take pride in our country’s democracy and all that it stands for. But what about the rest of the world? This led me to the questions “how universal is democracy?” and “what can anthropology tell us about democracy throughout the world?” … More A Look at Current Events: Anthropology and Democracy

Everyday Anthropology: Business Anthropology

What is Business Anthropology?   Business anthropology is perhaps one of the most concrete examples of how anthropology can be applied to “the real world” (outside of academia). According to a 2010 article written by Robert Guang Tian on the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) website, business anthropology is:   “a practical oriented scholastic field … More Everyday Anthropology: Business Anthropology

Three (More) Skills I Learned From Anthropology

This post is a follow-up to my previous post, Five Skills I Learned From Anthropology. If you haven’t read that post yet, you might want to go check it out first.     Here are three more skills that I have learned during my time as an anthropology student and researcher: Cross-Cultural Communication Studying anthropology increased … More Three (More) Skills I Learned From Anthropology

Class is in Session: U.S. American Culture and Education

These are my thoughts, based on my background as an anthropologist, on the state of the U.S. education system, the values that shape it, and the systems that drive it. Anthropology has given me a great lens through which to examine these concepts. Here are some of the ways I think anthropological theory and concepts can be applied to American education. … More Class is in Session: U.S. American Culture and Education

Everyday Anthropology: Political Economy

There are many ways to define the theory of political economy (especially depending on the field of study you ask). Based on my background in anthropology, I define it like this:

Political economy is the study of cultural phenomenon in the broader context of economic, political and social power structures. It is a way of studying culture that recognizes the influence of politics, economic structures and social hierarchies on everyday life.
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