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Why do we seek to buy stuff, but not give money?

March 20, 2011 by


Strolling through the CSULB campus on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. Up ahead of me as I think I’m headed for a meeting with a fellow classmate at a Starbucks. I pass through two students, handing out flyers, backed by a table of 6 or 7  students. To my right, as I’m walking, the dude hands […]

Why You Shouldn’t Defend the UCLA Library girl Based on Free Speech

March 19, 2011 by


Making the internet rounds has been this video of some white girl from UCLA ranting about Asians in the library. A summary of what she said, provided by the LA Weekly. Essentially, she says this: Asians need to learn American manners, their extended families are all over campus because Asians can’t fend for themselves, Asians […]

Respect Economies

March 7, 2011 by


The road to thesis-writing.  Long, arduous, mostly, trying. Every once in a while in there’s a treat. Mine came in the form of the book: Who do you claim?  Performing Gang Identity in School and on the Street by Robert Garot. In the gang literature I’ve surveyed so far, one important driver in the motivation […]

Anthropologists Are the Hipsters of Academia

March 6, 2011 by


Having lived in LA, specifically Silver Lake, and also being an Anthropology grad student, here are some intersecting characteristics between Hipsters and Anthropologists. I don’t usually like using adjectives or naming a list of characteristics, but in funner discourses, like this particular entry, I’ll go bucwild with them. So here they are: Privileged, creative, probably […]

Anthropologists Are Professional Novices

March 6, 2011 by


To me, we are just professional novices and beginners. We begin at the margins of cultural practices, knowing nothing, alien to everything, recording everything, asking tons of questions, and pedal our way inward to achieve a communicative competence of whatever a group of people do.