Podcast by Dr. Eric Jones
“Hey Soul Brother?: African American Troops and Vietnamese Civilians, 1959-1975”
Drs Jones and Arnold discuss the African American experience in the Vietnam War. Professor Stanley Arnold's research interests are concentrated in two related areas, civil rights movement in the United States from 1920 to 1970 exclusive of the South and the intersection of race and sports in the United States. As a historian, one of his goals is to link the study of the past to the relevance of today. His work in these two principal fields serves to illuminate many aspects of the contemporary American experience.
“Building Resilience through Transformational Change: Lessons from Cambodia”
In this talk Dr Jones interviews Jan Middendorf, who serves as the Associate Director for Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) at Kansas State University (KSU). In this role, Middendorf oversees the operational, programmatic, and reporting aspects of SIIL’s $75 million research portfolio in Africa, Asia, and Central America (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Niger, Senegal, Ethiopia Tanzania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras).
New Flowers: Indonesian Gamelans, American Educations
Dr Jones and Glynnis White talk with Elizabeth Clendinning about gamelan in America. Elizabeth Clendinning's research addresses concepts of space, time, cultural representation, and pedagogy within transnational Balinese gamelan communities and in film and television music. Her writing has appeared in various journals and edited volumes, including Musicultures and Ethnomusicology. She embraces her role as a teacher-scholar through incorporating her research into her teaching and providing hands-on opportunities for students to experience music and culture.
Pressure and Freedom: Technology and Formations of Public and Private Health Care in Phnom Penh
In this talk, Drs Jones and Legerwood talk with Dr Grant and explore how medical imaging participates in the re-configuration of public and private health care in Phnom Penh. Dr Grant consider different concepts to help parse the organization of care when Cambodia’s political economy evades captions such as “socialism” or “free market capitalism.”
Jenna Grant is a cultural anthropologist working in the fields of medical anthropology and medical humanities; feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies; visual anthropology; and Southeast Asia Studies. Her work includes participatory filmmaking, ethnographic and historical analysis of medical imaging, and community-based inquiry of archival images.
An Tran: Vietnamese Influence in Classical Guitar Music
Drs Jones and Atkins speak with An Tran on his classical guitar playing infused with Vietnamese style.
Tran is based in Chicago and has won 13 international and awards. he has been praised for his “gorgeous playing” and “flawless technique” by the KnoxTNToday, and received many accolades for his dynamic artistry including being hailed as a “Vietnamese guitar virtuoso” by Austin Classical Guitar.
An Tran started learning the guitar at the age of eight with Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Hai Thoai. Afterward, he received his musical training at the Vietnam National Academy of Music studying with guitarist Vu Viet Cuong. He received his B.A. in Music and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from North Park University, studying with Julie Goldberg and Tom Zelle and his Master of Music along with the Southeast Asia Studies Fellowship from Yale University, studying with Benjamin Verdery.
Currently a Dorothy and Carl Johnson endowed Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Northwestern University studying with Anne Waller, An continues to transcend boundaries with his music.
Of Concubines and Crypto-Colonialism: the Making of Modern Thailand w/ Leslie Woodhouse
In this podcast Drs Jones and Kanjana sit down with Dr. Leslie Castro-Woodhouse about her book, Woman between Two Kingdoms: Dara Rasami and the Making of Modern Thailand. They will discuss a northern Thai consort named Dara Rasami played a critical role in Siam’s effort to emulate a European-style “hierarchy of civilizations” in building a modern nation-state. The trajectory of Dara’s 24-year career as an ethnic outsider within the rarefied space of the Siamese Inner Palace illuminates both Siam’s crypto-colonial strategies to assimilate regional elites, and women’s importance to Thai political history.
Excellent material - but needs more focus
I've been searching for more podcasts about Southeast Asia and I was happy to find the Crossroads podcast but it could benefit from a few small improvements.
-The discussions move at an uncomfortably slow pace...even while listening at 2x speed.
-Some discussions seem to lose focus and jump from broad topic to broad topic. Guests seem primed to provide generalizations of their work rather than describe key elements that lead them to their conclusions.
Hopefully I'll be giving this program 5 stars in the future.