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January 16, 2022

Pingpu Recognition

Good article here on a court case that could have major implications for Pingpu (Plains Indigenous peoples) rights in Taiwan. My colleague

January 5, 2022

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Watched 《One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk》 by Zacharias Kunuk (the Inuk director famous for making Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner). (Link to

January 4, 2022


One of the best things I read in 2021 was the Japanese horror manga Uzumaki うずまき (Spiral). It is really like nothing else I have ever read, because

December 25, 2021

The Dawn of Everything is Not “Anarchist”

I see a lot of reviews that try to read backwards from David Graeber’s anarchist politics to the #dawnofeverything. This is a mistake. (A thread)

December 12, 2021

Jai Bhim

Some thoughts on the 2021 Tamil film 《Jai Bhim》- available on Amazon Prime. Link to Twitter Thread The film is based on an actual court case from

December 4, 2021

The politics of cynicism

I’ve been thinking a lot about “trust.” Without trust we approach everything with cynicism. But it is not possible to have society if we approach

November 22, 2021

Realistic Plans for Grad School

Yesterday I wrote about my conversations with students about academic careers. Today I wanted to share some of the advice I give them in an effort

November 21, 2021

Clear thinking about pursuing an academic career

I’m regularly contacted by random young scholars who want to chat with me about pursuing graduate study related to Taiwan: either studying in

November 8, 2021

On Indigenous Sovereignty and Human Origins

A common attack against Indigenous sovereignty claims is that Indigenous peoples themselves musth 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》.