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Yen-ling Tsai


Position: Associate Professor
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E-mail: yenlingtsai@nctu.edu.tw
Last updated: 2019-07-29

Educational attainment

2000-2008 Ph.D. Anthropology (Feminist Studies), U. of California, Santa Cruz
1998-2000 M.A. Anthropology, U. of Oregon
1993-1997 B. Law. National Taiwan University


2014.8- Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao-tung University, Taiwan
2009-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao-tung University, Taiwan
2008-2009 Post-doc Fellow, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

Research Fields

Urban-Rural Dynamics, New Peasantry and Rurality, Anthropology and Feminist Theory, Indonesian Studies, Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia

Selected Publication

2016 Tsai, Yen-ling, Isabelle Carbonell, Joelle Chevrier, and Anna Tsing. 2016. “Golden Snail Opera: The More-Than- Human Performance of Friendly Farming on Taiwan’s Lanyang Plain,” in Cultural Anthropology: Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 520–544. (peer-reviewed) Icon download
2016 "Agricultural Renaissance in Taiwan." Router: A Jounral of Cultural Studies (22) pp. 23-74. (in Chinese)
2014 “Concentration Camp or Freedom Zone?: Narrative Identities of Chinese Refugees from Aceh.” Global Hakka Studies (3) pp. 163-212. (in Chinese)
2013 “Materializing Racial Formation: the Social Lives of Confiscated Chinese Properties in North Sumatra,”in Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging , eds. Sai Siew Min and Hoon Chang-Yau (London: Routledge, 83-102).
2012 (co-authored with Douglas Kammen) “Anti-Communist Violence and the Ethnic Chinese in Medan, North Sumatra,”in The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-1968, ed. Douglas Kammen and Katharine McGregor (Singapore: NUS Press for the Asian Studies Association of Australia, 131-155).
2011 “ Rethinking ‘Local Knowledge’” Asia-Pacific Research Forum 54: 202-212 (in Chinese)
2011 “Spaces of Exclusion, Walls of Intimacy: Rethinking‘Chinese Exclusivity’ in Indonesia.”Indonesia 92: 125-155.
2009 “Through a Building Darkly,” Inside Indonesia 95, January-March 2009

Selected Presentation

2016 “I Care, therefore I Am: Youshan Farming in Taiwan”, paper presented at the AAS-in-Asia Conference, 2016.6.26, Kyoto, Japan.
2016 "Rice: Grain of Sorrow, Seed of Hope", invited presentation at the Cal Performances Symposium: Artists, Aesthetics and the Natural World, 2016.1.23, Berkeley, U.S.A.
2015 “New Rural Activism in Taiwan”, invited talk given at the Stiftung Asienhaus, 2015.8.18, Köln, Germany.
2015 “Liminal Legality, Grounded Resistance: Peasants’ Reclaiming Movement in North Sumatra, Indonesia”, paper presented at the 8th European Society for Southeast Asian Studies Conference, 2015. 8.12, Vienna, Austria.
2014 "Rural Communucation and Social Change: a view from Taiwan and La Via Campesina", invited presentation given at the UN-FAO Forum on Communucation for Development and Communication Media for Family Farming, 2014.10.23-24, Rome, Italy.
2014 “Reclaiming Future Ground: Local Resistance and Global Mobilization in an Indonesian Occupy Village”, paper presented at the Oxford Southeast Asian Symposium, 2014.3.22, Oxford, U.K.
2013 “Refugee Camps as Zones of Exception: Aceh Chinese in the 1960s,” paper presented at the Asia East by South Conference, 2013.11.29, Hsinchu, Taiwan. (in Chinese)
2013 “I Feel, Therefore I Am: Affective Politics and Agrarian Renaissance in Taiwan,” paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Taiwan Society for Anthropology and Ethnology, 2013.10.13, Hsinchu, Taiwan. (in Chinese)
2012 “Agrarian Renaissance in Taiwan,” paper presented at the Annual Conference of Taiwanese Sociological Association, 2012.11, Taichung, Taiwan. (in Chinese)
2012 “What is Natural in a Natural Farm?:Gender Politics of New Peasantry in Taiwan,” paper presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the STS Society in Taiwan, 2012. 4, Yuanlin, Taiwan.
2011 “On Small-Holder Youshan Farming,” paper presented at the Association of East Asian Anthropology Conference, 2011.9.10, Osaka, Japan
2009 “Displacing Chineseness in Mid-twentieth Century Indonesia,” paper presented at the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS) 6, 2009.8.7, Daejeon, Korea.
2009 “1965 and the Chinese in Medan,” paper given at The 1965-1966 Indonesian Killings Revisited Conference, National University of Singapore, June 2009
2008 “Racialized Dispossession and Entangled Justice in Medan, Indonesia,” presentation at Reformasi: 10 Years After: UC Berkeley-UCLA Joint Conference on Indonesia, Berkeley, 2008.4
2007 “Walls of Intimacy, Spaces of Exclusion: Articulating Race and Space in Urban Indonesia,” paper presented at the 106th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, 2007, 11.28-12.2. Washington D.C., U.S.A.
2007 “Stories of a Fishing Nyonya: Memories of Hybridity in North Sumatra,” paper presented at the Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies Conference, 2007.10. Quebec City, Canada.
2007 “Encountering Southeast Asia: Race, Labor, and Regimes of Quality in Taiwan,” paper presented at the Conference of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society, 2007.6.Shanghai, P.R.C.

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