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Mei-Ling Chien

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Position: Professor
Tel: +886-3-5712121
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E-mail: mlchien@faculty.nctu.edu.tw
Last updated: 2018-08-20
  

Educational attainment


2002 Ph.D. in Anthropology, National Tsing Hua University
1994 M. A. in Anthropology, National Tsing Hua University
1986 B. A. in Foreign Language and Literature, National Tsing Hua University

Research Fields


[Topical] kinship, gender, bodily experiences, everyday life, anthropology of emotions, linguistic anthropology, medical anthropology, historical ethnography; [Areal] Miao (Hmub or Hmong), Hakka, Amis (Pancha, an Austronesian group), South and Southwestern China, Taiwan, and Malaysia

Biography


Meiling Chien is a cultural anthropologist. She is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Her special fields include kinship, gender, linguistic anthropology and the anthropology of emotions among the Miao (Hmub) in Southwest China, and the Hakka in South China and Taiwan. She is the author of the two books, Sentiment and Marriage among the Miao in Eastern Guizhou (Guiyang: Guizhou University Press, 2009), Linguistic Ethnography of Kinship, Gender and Multiple Modernity (Hsinchu: National Chiao Tung University Press, 2009), as well as the co-editor of the book (two-volumes), the Hakka: Formation and Transformation (Hsinchu: National Chiao Tung University Press, 2010). She has also published several academic journal articles and book chapters of the Miao and Hakka ethnographic study.

Academic Employment


2016/8- Associate Dean of College of Hakka Studies, National Chiao Tung University
2014/8- Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University
2013-2014 Visiting Scholar of Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, USA
2010-2013 Chair of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University
2008 Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University
2005-2007 Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University
2002- 2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Institute of Anthropology, Tzu Chi University

Other Professional Employment


2015-2016 Executive Editor, Global Hakka Studies
2013-2014 Dissertation Abroad Supervisor, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations; Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
2012-2014 Co-Editor, Gender and Knowledge
2012-2013 Organizing and Scientific Committee, Ninth International Symposium of CORPUS, International Group for the Cultural Studies of the Body, Taipei
2010-2011 Associate Editor, Journal of Hakka Studies
2010 Academic Committee, Chinese University in Hong Kong Press
2009-2010 Deputy Chair, Center of Humanities and Social Sciences, NCTU
2008 Organizing Committee, SEAA & TSAE Taipei 2009

Academic Awards


2013-2014 TUSA Scholar Award for Visiting Harvard University
2010-2014 NSC/NCTU Scholar Award
2009&2012 NCTU Research Result Award (Book and Journal Articles)
2007-2009 NCTU Scholar Award

Courses Taught


Linguist Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Emotions, Gender Studies, Kinship Studies, Classic Reading of Anthropology, Theories of Anthropology, Field work and Ethnography, Hakka and Gender, Introduction of Hakka Culture and Society

Research Interest


Topical: kinship, gender, bodily experiences, everyday life, anthropology of emotions, linguistic anthropology, medical anthropology, historical ethnography Areal: Miao (Hmub or Hmong), Hakka, Amis (Pancha, an Austronesian group), South and Southwestern China, Taiwan, and Malaysia

Language Skills


Hokkien, Mandarin Chinese, Classical Chinese, English, Japanese Field Language: Hmub, Ami (Pancha, Austronesian), Hakka

Current Projects


2016-2019 Translation, Trans-boarding, and Everyday Life: The Emergence and Transformation of the Ethnic Experiences of The Overseas and Taiwanese Hakka
2014-2016 Hakka Women’s Imagination and Representation of Diaspora, Homeland and Ethnicity
2013-2014 Governance, Chinese Migration and Cultural Encounters: Study of British Malaysia Archives (1800-1945)
2011-2012 Ethnographic Research of the Women’s Migration and Grouping at a Hakka Village, Malaysia
2011-2014 Multiple Modernities of the Minority in Southwest China: Life Historical Narrations and the Rural Immigrants of the Miao (Hmub) in West China (1930-2010)

Books


2010 The Hakka: Formation and Transformation (two-volumes). Hsinchu: Chiao Tung University Press. (With Ying-Chang Chuang) (In Chinese)
2009 Linguistic Ethnography of Kinship, Gender and Multiple Modernity. Hsinchu: Chiao Tung University Press. (In Chinese)
2009 Sentiment and Marriage among the Miao in Eastern Guizhou. Guiyang: Guizhou University Press. (In Chinese)

Journal Papers


2017 Anonymous Voices and Authorship Politics in Printed Genealogies in Eastern Guizhou. Special Issue: Religion and Ethnicity in Southern China. Asian Ethnicity 18(3): 204-217。(SSCI) (In English) Icon download
2016 An Inter-Subjective Ethnography: Cloth and Married Women among Hmub Villages in Eastern Guizhou. Journal of Guangxi University for Nationalities (Philosopy and Social Science Edition), Volume 38, Number 4, 27-38. (CSSCI) (In Chinese) Icon download
2015 Leisure, Work and Constituted Everydayness: The Narration of Singing and Listening to Mountain Songs of Hakka Women in Colonized Northern Taiwan (1930-1955). Asian Ethnology. (Forthcoming) (In English) Icon download
2015 Ancestor, Family and Gendering/Engendered Narrations among Two Elite Hakka Families in Northern Taiwan. Global Hakka Studies, May 2015, 4: 63-112 (In Chinese) Icon download
2014 Transcription and Translation of Hmub Antique Songs: A Song Master's Manuscript, Knowledge, Cultural Space and Landscape. Mingsu Chuyi (Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theater and Folklore) 183: 191-252. (In Chinese) Icon download
2012 Boredom, Everydayness, and the Institutionalized Courting and Flirting of the Hmub in East Guizhou. Journal of Archeology and Anthropology 74: 53-88. (In Chinese) Icon download
2009b Cultivating the Ethnographer’s Ear. Special Issue: Bodily Cultivation as a Mode of Learning. Taiwan Journal of Anthropology 7(2): 87-106. (In English) Icon download
2009a Extramarital Court and Flirt of Guizhou Miao. EJEAS (European Journal of East Asian Studies) 8.1 (2009) 135-159. (In English) Icon download
2008 “You Two and We Two are Life-long Mates”: Gender Images and Pairing Ideals in Miao Song from Southeastern Guizhou. Journal of History and Anthropology 5(2): 115-149. (In Chinese) Icon download
2007b The Narrations of a Feast Ritual and the Presentation of Ethnicity, Locality and Modernity. Mingsu Chuyi (Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theater and Folklore) 156: 157-203. (In Chinese) Icon download
2007a Rethinking Migration and Localization of the Hakka in Northern Taiwan: Comparative View of Kinship Terminologies. Journal of Hakka Studies 2(1): 1-58 (With Yen Chei Lu and Ying-Chang Chuang) (In Chinese) Icon download
2006 Voices, Boundaries, and the Chinese Written Genealogy among the Miao of Eastern Guizhou. Journal of History and Anthropology 4(2): 99-125. (In Chinese) Icon download
2005c Rice Gift and Miao Kinship Relations in Eastern Guizhou: A Study on the Ritual of Naming a Newborn Baby. Mingsu Chuyi (Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theater and Folklore) 149: 23-67. (In Chinese)     Icon download
2005b Miao Elopement in Eastern Guizhou: Ambivalent Collective and Individual. Taiwan Journal of Anthropology 3(1): 49-86. (In Chinese) Icon download
2005a Conversation, Joke and Alliance: An Analysis of the Miao Daily Talk of Courtship. . Humanitas Taiwanica 62: 347-380. (In Chinese) Icon download
2003 Illness Experiences and Childhood of Ami in Eastern Taiwan: A Narrative Analysis. Tzu-Chi University Journal of the Humanities and Social Science 2: 1-48. (In Chinese) Icon download
1994 Preliminary Study of the Myth of Origin and Legend of Distribution of Taiwan Indigenous Ami Society: With Further Discussion about the Affinities among the Ami Subgroup. Taiwan Historical Research 1(2): 85-108. (In Chinese) Icon download

Books Chapters


2015 The Encounters and Agencies: Modern Colonial Systems and the Chinese Labor Society: Study of the Cadet Archives of British Malaya (1988-1923). In Research on Ethnicity, Society and History: Collected Papers in Honor of Professor Chuang Ying-chang. Wei-an Chang & Ruizhi Lian, eds. Pp. 363-409. Hsinchu: Chiao Tung University Press. (With Ming-cheng Yeh) (In Chinese) Icon download
2015 Writing Emotions, Feelings and Shentigan: Review of Anthropology and Ethnography. In The Shentigan Turn, or A Turn to Cultural Ways of Experiencing the World. Shuenn-Der Yu, ed. Pp. 129-163. Taipei: National Taiwan University Press. (In Chinese) Icon download
2013 Boredom and Joke in Hmub Courting and Flirting: Body and Language as Personal Instruments in Primal Cultural Healing. In Body, Subjectivity, and Cultural Healing: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Yu An-ban, ed. Pp. 73-104. Taipei: Academia Sinica. (In Chinese) Icon download
2013 Everyday Life, Ritual and Economy: the Women’s Narrations on Migration and Identity at Pulai Village, Malaysia. In The Guest Living at Foreign Country: Hakka People’s Life and Culture in Southeast Asia. Lim Kay Zhong (ed.) Pp. 190-209. Nanto: Ginan International University. (With Xing-wei Chiu) (In Chinese) Icon download
2012 Tensions between Romantic Love and Marriage: Performing ‘Miao Cultural Individuality’ in an Upland Miao Love Song. In Modalities of Change: The Interface of Tradition and Modernity in East Asia. James Wilkerson and Robert Parkin, eds. Pp. 93-116. Oxford: Berghahn Books. (In English) Icon download
2011b School and Geomancy: Knowledge and Fortune of a Hakka Family in Northern Taiwan (1774-1950). In Research on Ethnic Groups, History and Territorial Society: Collected Papers in Honor of Professor Shin Tien-fu on His Retirement. Su-chuan Chan, ed. Pp. 185-222. Taipei: Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica.。(With Tu-chung Liu) (In Chinese) Icon download
2011a Duo-local Post-marital Residence and Gender among Southern and Southwestern China. In Area Cultures and Local Society. Jiang Hua Zhang and Pei-guo Zhang, eds. Pp. 343-367。Shanghai: Xuei-lin Press. (With Tu-chung Liu) (In Chinese) Icon download
2010 Leisure, Work and Constituted Everydayness: the Narration of Singing and Listening to Folk Songs of Hakka Women in Colonized Northern Taiwan (1895-1955). In The Hakka: Formation and Transformation (II). Ying-Chang Chuang and Meiling Chien, eds. Hsinchu: Chiao Tung University Press. (In Chinese) Icon download

Book Reviews


2017 Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty. Sara L. Friedman. 2015. American Anthropologist Book Reviews. (Forthcoming) (In English)
2016 Gendered Words: Sentiments and Expression in Changing Rural China. Fei-Wen Liu. 2015. Taiwan Journal of Anthropology 14(1): 156-158. (In Chinese) Icon download
2012 Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience. James Davis and Dimitrina Spencer. 2010. Taiwan Journal of Anthropology 10(1): 185-188. (In Chinese) Icon download
2010 With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India. Gayatri Reddy. 2005. Taiwan Journal of Anthropology 8(2): 146-150. (In Chinese) Icon download
2008 Histories, Cultures, Identities: Studies in Malaysian Chinese Worlds. Sharon A. Carstens. 2005 Journal of Hakka Studies 2(2): 151-158. (In Chinese) Icon download


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