From soon after his founding the Republic until the end of his tumultuous tenure as President of Indonesia, Sukarno was widely known as the dalang, or puppet master, of Indonesian politics. “Bung Karno” skillfully played off militarists, Islamists, and communists in a manner reminiscent of the puppeteer’s balancing of competing forces to maintain order in the […]
WILLIAM HURST teaches in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Previous publications include articles in The China Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, China Information, and Issues and Studies. He is currently working on several articles, including two analyzing results of a large-scale survey on rural protests and petitioning in several Chinese provinces. His broader ongoing research focuses on the political analysis of courts and legal institutions in China and Indonesia. After completing extensive fieldwork on the topic in rural and urban areas of four Chinese provinces, he is based at Airlangga University in Surabaya Indonesia to continue the project throughout the 2009-10 academic year.
Issue 2 Winter 2010 TAO AIMIN is known for her anthropological works made from the washboards of rural woman. Over the years she has collected thousands of these boards, recording the stories and faces of the women whose hands wore these boards down through the recursive repetition of monotonous labor. Creating installations and experimental ink […]
ART curated by Maya Kóvskaya PRACTICES, POWER & THE PUBLIC SPHERE: Dialogical Space & Multiple Modernities in Asian Contemporary Art ART NONFICTION Maya Kóvskaya Public Action Art and Performative Interventions in the Chinese Public Sphere ART NONFICTION William Hurst (performance photography by Han Bing) ORPHANS OF PROGRESS: Workers and Political Discourse in Post-Socialist China ART […]