At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands

At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands

Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780824847593

Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press

Abstract

Crossing disciplinary boundaries, this book is an anthology of twenty-first century ethnographic research and writing about the global worlds of home and disjuncture in Asia and the Pacific Islands. The stories reveal novel insights into the serendipitous nature of fieldwork. Unique in its inclusion of “homework”—ethnography that directly engages with issues and identities in which the ethnographer finds political solidarity and belonging in fields at home—the book contributes to growing trends that complicate the distinction between “insiders” and “outsiders.” The obligations that fieldwork engenders among researchers and local communities are exemplified by contributors who are often socially engaged with the peoples and places they work. In its focus on Asia and the Pacific Islands, the book offers ethnographic updates on topics that range from ritual money burning in China to the militarization of Hawai‘i to the social role of text messages in identifying marriage partners in Vanuatu to the cultural power of robots in Japan. These cultural encounters will resonate with readers and provide valuable talking points for exploring the human diversity that makes the study of ourselves and each other simultaneously rewarding and challenging.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Introduction

Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Introduction

Suzanne S. Finney

Tempting the Nāga

Carl J. Hefner

Attacked in the Field

Jaida Kim Samudra

Introduction

Forrest Wade Young

When the Field Is Your Home

Jonathan Y. Okamura

Introduction

Forrest Wade Young

Systemic Culture Shock

Naomi C. F. Yamada

Shóón Pakin, sóóu tittilap

Emerson Lopez Odango

Blogging in Papua New Guinea

Steven Edmund Winduo

Introduction

Mary Mostafanezhad

Manning Up

James Perez Viernes

“You Filipino, ya?”

Roderick N. Labrador

Introduction

Guido Carlo Pigliasco

Sorry, Wrong Number!

Ashley Vaughan

The Invisible Firewalker

Guido Carlo Pigliasco

“You Can Do It, Japan!”

Pamela L. Runestad

Head Candy/Gut Connection

Lynette Hi‘ilani Cruz

Introduction

Mary Mostafanezhad

Tales of the Talā (Dollar)

Fa‘anofo Lisaclaire Uperesa

Introduction

Mary Mostafanezhad

“They Came for Nature”

Mary Mostafanezhad

The Forest of Contradictions

Keith Andrew Bettinger

He‘eia Kūpuna Mapping Workshops

Hokulani K. Aikau, Nahaku Kalei, Bradley Wong

Introduction

Forrest Wade Young

Introduction

Guido Carlo Pigliasco

Epilogue

Geoffrey White