The personal blog of P. Kerim Friedman 傅可恩. Short (link) posts are on his microblog. For his academic blogging please visit anthro{dendum}.

June 7, 2019

10 Chernobyl-type reactors are operating today!

My father, whose study of the Chernobyl death count I posted recently, reminded me that he also wrote a piece on the “the sheer number of

June 5, 2019

How many people died due to Chernobyl?

Now that Chernobyl is in the news again due to the HBO series, many people are once again asking this question. About three years ago my dad, a

May 23, 2019

Remembering Ilya

I was asked to write some brief remarks in remembrance of my good friend Ilya 李士傑 whose sudden death last week shocked and saddened so many people.

April 6, 2019

My Digital Toolkit

Some people are happy to use Microsoft Word for everything. Others like to find the right tool for the task. If, like me, you are the second kind of

March 2, 2019

Call Me

Like many people who were active bloggers back when blogging was a new thing, I’m somewhat nostalgic for the pre-Facebook internet. It isn’t so

January 12, 2019

Talks and Film Screenings Winter 2019

Our winter break in Taiwan starts next week1 and Shashwati and I have a pretty busy schedule of talks, conferences, and film screenings. I thought

December 11, 2018

Can the Yellow Vests Speak?

What is happening in Paris is complicated. Add to that the fact that my French is not very good, and I am far too busy to read everything my friends

November 9, 2018

Recent hiring trends in anthropology

Below are some highlights from a new study on faculty hiring by anthropology programs in the US. approximately 79% of US anthropology doctorates do

October 11, 2018

A strange day in Urumqi

Khunjerab Pass In the Fall of 1990, a little over a year after the protests in Tiananmen Square came to their shocking and terrible conclusion, I

April 19, 2018

Visual Anthropology Programs in Taiwan

中文翻譯 While Taiwan may not have any MA programs dedicated to the study of visual anthropology, there are nonetheless many opportunities to study and

February 4, 2018

The perspective glass

He assembled for himself a significant collection of optical instruments that apparently enabled him to write his ‘Minute or First Draught of the

July 15, 2017

Teaching Higher Ed Taiwan

I frequently get approached by academics who would like to find a university teaching job in Taiwan, so I thought I’d share my standard advice as a