Pan Asian Pop

Pan Asian Pop

Panel Discussion with Ashish Chadha (University of Rhode Island), Ian Condry (MIT), and Tiantian Zheng (State University of New York)

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Room 105, Anthropology See map
10 Sachem Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Who or what produces the layers of ‘popular’ culture? How do circulations of animation and music, as well as videos and clothing styles, tie together and enable us to imagine a broader region called “Asia?” What can pop tell us about moments of cultural friction and encounter? Join us for the first Yale Anthropology Inter-Asia Colloquium event, “Pan-Asian Pop,” on Saturday afternoon, November 9th, from 12 PM to 5 PM. Featuring talks by Ashish Chadha, Ian Condry, and Tiantian Zheng, followed by a conversation with the speakers. (Image - Eva Shogoki Battles Shamshel off the coast of Kanagawa by Brian Chan)

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Heidi Lam (heidi.lam[at]


12:00 PM - Ashish Chadha, Assistant Professor of Film Media, University of Rhode Island
“Cinema of Prayoga: The Avant-Garde in Indian Cinematic Modernity”

1:00 PM - Ian Condry, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, MIT
“Ethnography and Collaborative Creativity: The Case of Anime”

2:00 PM - Coffee break

2:30 PM - Tiantian Zheng, Professor of Anthropology, State University of New York, Cortland
“Karaoke Bar Hostesses and Japan-Korea Wave in Postsocialist China: Fashion,Cosmopolitanism, and Globalization”

3:30 PM - Panel Discussion



Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 8pm - 9pm

Room 105, 10 Sachem Street

What do we think about when we talk about ‘pop’? In anticipation of the upcoming Yale Anthropology Inter-Asia Colloquium event “Pan-Asian Pop!” on the afternoon of Saturday November 9th, we will be hosting a screening of online videos drawn from across Asia.

Join us for snacks, conversation, and an hour of viral videos. We are interested in distinctive regional sounds, spoofs and pastiches, translations, and crossover sensations.  Please send submissions (links, video, etc.), with brief commentary, to Heidi Lam (heidi.lam[at] by Wednesday November 6th. For inspiration, check out Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s version of Gangnam Style (, or this music video by Korean supergroup Girls’ Generation (

Additional Information

China, Japan, Korea, Transregional