Spring Term, 2014
Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture Series
Friday's at Noon
April 11 - Valeriy Khan - Koreans in Central Asia: The Drama of Stalinist Deportation, Model Soviet Minority and Challenges in Post-Soviet Era.
In the second half of 19th and the first quarter of 20th centuries thousands of Koreans migrated to the Russian Far East, escaping from heavy exploitation, hunger and Japanese occupation. In 1937, treating Koreans as politically suspect, Stalin deported all of them to Central Asia. Neveretheless, being a deported people, Koreans became one of best “model minorities” in the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the USSR, nation- building in the new Central Asian states was characterized by growing nationalism. The presenter discusses the different living strategies of Koreans in these new conditions as well as the revival of Korean identity and the logic of the Korean movement.
Valeriy Khan is a Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of History in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He is presently on a Fulbright at the University of Kansas.
April 18 - Cari Maes - Bringing Up Brazil: Child Health and National Development in 20th-Century Brazil
In the first half of the 20th century, the confluence of high infant mortality and the drive to define national identity drew elites’ attention to Brazilian children as objects of health reform, as well as embodied symbols of progress and development. By 1940, a small group of influential physicians had created a new field of medicine, called puericultura, and founded the country’s first federal institution, the National Children’s Department, aimed at improving the health of Brazil’s youngest generations. As these former doctors moved out of the clinic and into the political realm as federal authorities, they began to view children and child health as Brazil’s most valued commodities. This presentation explores ways these physicians tackled the problem of health care access in the first half of the 20th century using mobile health posts, community health workers, print media campaigns, and educational programs.
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