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Based on ethnographic research in a traditional Shanghainese alleyway-house neighborhood (known locally as lilong) during 2013–2015, this study describes how knowledge of the global encourages pragmatic local residents to foresee a different future and voluntarily get involved in the process of...
There is an increasing concern about the erosion of local ecological knowledge in recent times. Current discourses on the erosion of such knowledge focus on the effects of external factors and on the survival strategies of the community concerned. Internal factors of the community such as...
This report provides a general overview of Goth subculture as it is performed in clubs, bars, and elsewhere in Tokyo, Osaka, and other cities of Japan. Originally formed around the gothic rock genre that appeared in the UK during the late 1970s, Goth has taken root in Japan as a spectacular...
This report considers the changing face of folklore connoisseurship in Beijing, set against the rise of private collecting, Chinese folklore markets, and folklore connoisseurship in the 2000s. Based on my ethnographic fieldwork in Beijing, the report ventures into a case of Chinese literati...
In this report, I discuss the expansion of psychological counseling in China, while considering sociocultural factors that shape the construction of this field. Based on interviews with counselors and patients, I describe therapeutic encounters that are laden with suspicion, and that are in turn...
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