Helen Siu

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Professor of Anthropology
203-432-3680
Address: 
10 Sachem St, Room 112, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Chinese Social Anthropology; Historical and Ethnographic Fieldwork in South China and Hong Kong; Socialist and Post-Socialist Transformations; Revival of Market Towns, Community Festivals, and Rituals; Migration and Vernacular Modernity; Rural-Urban Divide in China; Cross-Border Dynamics in Hong Kong, Historical and Contemporary Asian Connections
Region: 
China, Transregional

Courses

ANTH 342

Cultures and Markets in Asia

Historical and contemporary movements of people, goods, and cultural meanings that have defined Asia as a region. Reexamination of state-centered conceptualizations of Asia and of established boundaries in regional studies. The intersections of transregional institutions and local societies and their effects on trading empires, religious traditions, colonial encounters, and cultural fusion. Finance flows that connect East Asia and the Indian Ocean to the Middle East and Africa. The cultures of capital and market in the neoliberal and postsocialist world.

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: T 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
ANTH 355, AFST 355, EAST 351

China-Africa Encounters

The history, effects, and implications of Chinese involvement in and with African countries over the past century. Diasporic experiences, with attention to informal economies, cultural strategies, and ethnic and religious tensions; land, finance, and infrastructure; Chinese aid and development in Africa since the late 1960s, including medical aid and charitable groups.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: T 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
ANTH 362

Unity and Diversity in Chinese Culture

An exploration of the Chinese identity as it has been reworked over the centuries. Major works in Chinese anthropology and their intellectual connections with general anthropology and historical studies. Topics include kinship and marriage, marketing systems, rituals and popular religion, ethnicity and state making, and the cultural nexus of power.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
ANTH 415

Culture, History, Power, and Representation

A critical introduction to anthropological formulations of the junctures of meaning, interest, and power. Readings include classical and contemporary ethnographies that are theoretically informed and historically situated.

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
ANTH 515

Culture, History, Power, and Representation

A critical introduction to anthropological formulations of the junctures of meaning, interest, and power. Readings include classical and contemporary ethnographies that are theoretically informed and historically situated.

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM