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}.

November 8, 2021

On Indigenous Sovereignty and Human Origins

A common attack against Indigenous sovereignty claims is that Indigenous peoples themselves must have come from somewhere else in the past. (After

September 25, 2021

Seeing Seqalu through Outcasts of Empire

For today’s #TaiwanStudies thread I will be doing something a bit different. Rather than doing a book report on Paul Barclay’s 《Outcasts of Empire》,

September 6, 2021

Thoughts on Queer Kinship

Today’s #TaiwanStudies thread is about the book 《Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan》 by Amy Brainer. (Link to Twitter thread.) This is not

September 2, 2021

Thoughts on Sajiao

Today’s #TaiwanStudies Twitter thread is a discussion of @sydney_yueh’s 《Identity Politics and Popular Culture in Taiwan: A Sajiao Generation》.

November 4, 2019

Online Banking, a One Act Play

Me: [Trying to do online banking] Citibank: We need to verify that you are you. Me: OK, here is my phone number Citibank: … Me: OK, that isn’t

October 7, 2019

Notes for A New Citizen: Registering Your Marriage

This is an update to my previous post about getting dual citizenship in Taiwan, focusing on steps we had to take to update my wife’s resident permit

September 7, 2019

How I Became Taiwanese (While Remaining American)

I am incredibly proud to announce that I am now a Taiwanese citizen! After a year long process (described in excruciating detail below), today I

August 23, 2019

How I started going to the gym

I’ve struggled with hip pain for twenty years. I mostly kept it under control with regular Iyengar Yoga practice, which I started in 2002, but over

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