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Stories of Kinship, Care, and COVID-19: Connecting Nepal and Himalayan New York

03/24/2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join us for a lecture with:

Sienna Craig, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Moderated by: Eveline Washul, Director, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, Columbia University

For centuries, people from Mustang, Nepal, have relied on agriculture, pastoralism, and trade as a way of life. Seasonal migrations to South Asian cities for trade as well as temporary wage labo abroad and Mustang-based tourism have shaped their experiences for decades. Yet, more recently, permanent migrations to New York City are reshaping lives and social worlds. Drawing on more than two decades of fieldwork and friendship with people in and from Mustang, The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York, the book on which this presentation is based, combines narrative ethnography and short fiction to explore how individuals, families, and communities care for each other and carve out spaces of belonging in and through diaspora, at the nexus of environmental, economic, and cultural change. This presentation will also discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the lives of Himalayan and Tibetan New Yorkers, and how regional cultural practices and Tibetan Buddhist philosophies are shaping responses to this pandemic.

This event is organized by the Modern Tibetan Studies Program and cosponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.

Online via Zoom. Please register here.


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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