Ranging from Arabia to India and Southeast Asia, Engseng Ho explores the transcultural exchanges–in kinship and writing–that enabled Hadrami Yemeni. Engseng Ho is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Duke University in the U.S. Currently he is the Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting . Engseng Ho is an activist within the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and has co-authored a BDS resolution at the American.

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The Dutch also intermixed until roughly entseng But I must say that what I liked in engineering was the systematic thought: What are the things you pay heed to while you write? I was doing very historical work and suddenly reality hit me.

The other thing about Penang is that it is an island with nice beaches.

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But I think that if you look at small things, you will understand small things. It gave me a very strong sense of the intellectual history of Western thought. By using anthropological concepts to read Islamic texts in Arabic and Malay, he demonstrates the existence of a hitherto unidentified canon of diasporic literature.

This provided the opportunity to, in a sense, redo the lens of British colonialism, but through the eyes of an Arabic community or diaspora which had been present in all these places but in a very different social position.


While studying the Chinese in Malay- sia, I was also looking eengseng the Chinese across Southeast Asia as part of a larger diaspora. It is engsenv sense of place which I try to capture in my writing. I am also thinking about how space and time can be coordinated but can also be disconnected. Growing up in Malaysia, ideas and intellectual life were quite marginal to me. And it is this meld of things from elsewhere and things very native to a place that captures my imagination.

It was a shock to me that people wrote books about things that I knew ebgseng had been thinking about for a long time. Every holiday we went camping by the beach, and in school we built our own kayaks from wood.

They are interlinked and diasporic, but Downloaded from https: Although many of these communities are thought of as patrilineal, in fact the matrilineal or matrilateral aspect is quite important. You master the aesthetics of writing along engsebg the ethnography of aesthetics.

I grew up swimming and I was a competitive swimmer. History and anthropology can show that these communities are not hidden or invisible.

The current rise of China has to do with supply chains, and they reconnect Asian countries to one another. Rather, this was about people who very closely associated with Downloaded from https: Yes, one of the good things that has happened in the past two decades is something called globalisation. One of the important things that hho be done now is to show that.


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We need to think of precolonial relations and of intermediate scales. Most of those classes turned out to be in anthropology. Books Digital Products Journals. I took Arabic classes in the building of a Malay martial arts association Persatuan Pencak Silat Singapura and at one of their ritual gatherings commemorating the death of a holy man, they gave me a book with his long genealogy.

As I mentioned before, Malaysia only became racialised after the British took over, and that pro- duced the idea that mixed populations such as mixed Chinese or Malays are a strange phenomenon. Before colonialism there were many intense, deep ties between the different Asian regions.

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That is how I would see the Europeans within this matrix of intermixing. The world of ideas was therefore stunningly new to me. The way I got interested in diaspora is very simple.

Did you feel yourself being part of a diaspora at the time?