| Ellen Oxfeld
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
Born--November 6, 1953 in Newark, New Jersey
B. A. Williams College: Major in History 1975
A.M. Harvard University: Regional Studies/East Asia 1977
Ph.D. Harvard University: Social Anthropology 1985
ACADEMIC HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Phi Beta Kappa, Williams College
Magna Cum Laude, Williams College
Highest Honors in History, Williams College
Thomas J. Watson Travel Fellowship, 1975-1976
(Travel, study and research in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and India)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 1978-1979 and 1979-1980
American Institute of Indian Studies, Junior Fellowship, 1981-1982
National Research Fellowship, 1981-1982
Winner of the 1996 Thomas and Znaniecki Award from the
American Sociological Association Section on International Migration (for 1993 book Blood, Sweat and Mahjong: Family and Enterprise in an Overseas Chinese Community)
Fulbright Fellowship, January through June 2007, for research on the changing food system in rural China
Sept/October 2012, and May/June 2010: fieldwork in rural Meixian on local food culture.
January to June 2007: fieldwork in rural Meixian, Guangdong, China on changing meanings and uses of food in local culture.
July to August 1993, September '95 to June'96, July to August 1997 -- Fieldwork in Meixian, Guangdong, China, on the use of concepts of morality and status in the daily lives of rural Chinese
July, 1989, Calcutta, India -- research on Calcutta Chinese community
July, 1986 , Toronto, Canada -- research on Indian Chinese who immigrated to Canada
June 1985 to August 1985, Calcutta, India -- research on Calcutta Chinese community
July 1980 to September 1982, Calcutta, India -- doctoral dissertation research amongst Chinese
community in Calcutta, India
June 1979 to August 1979, Calcutta, India -- feasibility study for doctoral research on overseas
Chinese community in tanning industry of Calcutta, India.
Spring. 1979 -- research on Indo-Chinese refugees for Professor Judith Strauch, Harvard University
Mandarin Chinese and French -- competent in reading, speaking and writing
Bengali -- elementary speaking
Hakka Chinese -- intermediate speaking
"The Limits of Entrepreneurship: Family Process and Ethnic Role Amongst Chinese Tanners of
“Drink Water, but Remember the Source”: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village. (University of California Press, 2010).
Coming Home? Immigrants, Refugees and Those Who Stayed Behind , Ellen Oxfeld and Lynellyn Long, eds. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).
Blood, Sweat and Mahjong: Family and Enterprise in an Overseas Chinese Community,
(Cornell University Press,1993). Winner of the 1996 Thomas and Znaniecki Award from the
American Sociological Association Section on International Migration
UNDER CONTRACT (Book)
Bitter and Sweet: Food, Meaning, and Modernity in Rural China (University of California Press: forthcoming 2017).
PUBLICATIONS (refereed articles and book chapters)
“Moral discourse, moral practice, and the rural family in modern China,” in Modern Chinese Religion II: 1850-present, edited by Vincent Goossaert, Jan Kiely and John Lagerwey (Brill, 2015 )
“The Moral Significance of Food in Reform Era Rural China,” in Ethical Food Movements in Post-Socialist Societies , edited by Melissa Caldwell, Yuson Song, and Jakob Klein. (University of California Press, 2014).
“Cross Border Hypergamy? A Look at Marriage Exchanges in a Transnational Hakka Community.” (In Cross-Border Marriages, edited by Nicole Constable, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2005).
“’When You Drink Water, Think of Its Source:’ Morality, Status, and Reinvention in
Rural Chinese Funerals" Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 63,#3: November 2004..
“The Man Who Sold the Collective’s Land: Understanding New Economic Regimes in Guangdong.” (Taiwan Journal of Ethnology, Volume 2, #1, June 2004. Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica. Special issue on “Learning and Economic Agency in China and Taiwan,” Edited by Charles Stafford).
“Chinese Villagers and the Moral Dilemmas of Return Visits.” In Coming Home? Immigrants, Refugees and Those Who Stayed Behind. (Ellen Oxfeld and Lynellyn Long, eds., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
“Toward an Ethnography of Return.” (Co-authored with Lynellyn Long). In Coming Home? Immigrants, Refugees and Those Who Stayed Behind. (Ellen Oxfeld and Lynellyn Long, eds., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
"Still Guest People: The Reproduction of Hakka Identity in Calcutta, India." In: Guest People:
Hakka Identity in China and Abroad (Nicole Constable, ed.). University of Washington Press,
"Individualism, Holism and the Market Mentality: Notes on the Recollections of a Chinese
Entrepreneur," Cultural Anthropology, August 1992, Volume 7, #2:267-300
"The Sexual Division of Labor and The Organization of Family and Firm in an Overseas Chinese
Community," American Ethnologist, November 1991, Volume 18, #4: 700-718
"Profit, Loss and Fate: Gambling and the Entrepreneurial Ethic in an Overseas Chinese Community,"
Modern China, April 1991, Vol. 17, #2:227-259
“Chinese in India.” In Encyclopedia of Diasporas, published by Human Relations Area Files, Inc., Carol Ember (Ed.). Kluwer Academic Publishers: 2005.
"India" in The Encyclopaedia of the Chinese Overseas, Archipelago Press, Landmark Books.
Lynn Pan, Editor, 1998.
REVIEWS, REPRINTS, AND NON-REFEREED ARTICLES
Review of Village Life in Hong Kong: Politics, Gender, and Ritual in the New Territories. James L. Watson and Rubie S. Watson. The Chinese University Press. In The China Journal, Vol. 58, July 2007.
Review of God Aboveground: Catholicism and Transnationalism in a Chinese Village, by Eriberto Lozada. In The China Journal, Issue 53, January 2005.
Review of The Temple of Memories: History, Power, and Morality in a Chinese Village , by Jun Jing. In Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology (2001).
“Imaginary Homecomings: Chinese Villagers, Their Overseas Chinese Relations, and Social Capital.” The Journal of Socio-Economics, March 2001, Vol.30, #2 (181-186).
“Blood, Sweat and Mahjong,” in Race and Ethnicity: Comparative and Theoretical Approaches, John Stone and Rutledge Dennis, eds. Blackwell, 2003. [Reprint of introduction to Blood, Sweat and Mahjong, Cornell 1993].
Review of Migration and Ethnicity in Chinese History: Hakkas, Pengmin and Their Neighbors. Tim Wright, ed. In American Anthropologist, Vol.101,#2, June 1999.
“Magical Conviviality: Banqueting As Ritualized Performance in Rural China.” Prepared for the panel, “The Politics of Ritualization and the Ritualization of Politics in East Asia” (AAA Annual Meeting, November 20, 2015).
“Food, Meaning, and Morality in Reform Era Rural China,” paper prepared for “Food systems, ethical systems and post-socialism.” Joint 2014 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (Collaboration and Innovation across the Food System), Burlington, Vermont (University of Vermont), June 21, 2014.
“Moral discourse, moral practice and the rural family in modern China,” paper prepared for “Modern Chinese religion: 1850-present.” International conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, December 12 -15, 2012.
“Feeding the Generations: Intergenerational Care and Food Exchanges in Rural China.” Prepared for the panel, “The Political Economy and Cultural Practice of Care in Contemporary China,” November 17, 2011, American Anthropological Association.
“Food and Moral Discourse in Reform Era Rural China: An Incipient Resistance?” Paper prepared for Ethical Foods and Food Movements in Post-Socialist Settings.” SOAS Food Studies Centre, University of London, May 11-13, 2011
“Nature, culture and commodity: The circulation of foodstuffs and the exchange of health, status and meanings in rural Meixian,”American Anthropological Association Meetings, Panel, “An Inconvenient Circulation: Global and Local Dynamics of Food Production and Consumption,” November 19, 2010.
“Bitter Greens and Sweet Potatoes: Food as Embodied Memory in Rural Meixian.” SEAA Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, July 2009.
“Liangxin: The Idea of Conscience in the Moral Discourse of a Rural Chinese Community.” SEAA Conference, Hong Kong, July 13-16, 2006.
“Slow Food:” Countercurrents to Food “Modernity” in Contemporary Rural China.” American Anthropological Association, Annual Meetings, November 2005, Washington, DC.
“The Moral Dilemmas of Return Visits: Guangdong Villagers and their Overseas Kin,” Association for Asian Studies Meeting, March 2004, San Diego, California.
“The Man Who Sold the Collective’s Land: Understanding New Economic Regimes in Guangdong.” Presented at Workshop on Leaning and the Chinese Economy, London School of Economics, May 18, 2002.
“The Woman Without a Daughter-in-Law:Gender, Power and Eocnomic Transformation in a Chinese Village.” Presented at Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory, May 24, 2002. London School of Economics.
“Cross-Border Hypergamy? A Look at Marriage Exchanges in a Transnational Hakka Community.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. November 2001, Washington, DC.
"The Woman Without a Daughter-In-Law: A New Balance of Power Within Rural Chinese
Families?" Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, March
"The Daughter Who Didn't Cry at Her Father's Funeral: Status, Conscience and Heterodoxy in
Rural Chinese Death Ritual." Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian
Studies, March 1998, Washington, D.C.
"Imaginary Homecomings: The Moral Discourse of Chinese Villagers Toward Their Overseas
Chinese Relations." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological
Association, November 1997, Washington, D.C.
"In a Different Voice? Chinese Women and Sociocentrism." Paper presented at the New England
Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, October 10, 1992, Boston University
"Still 'Guest People': The Reproduction of the Hakka Identity in Calcutta, India," April 1991,
Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies.
"Is 'East' to 'West' as Holism is to Individualism? Notes on the Recollections of a Chinese
Entrepreneur," November 1989, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
"Profit, Loss and Fate: Gambling and the Entrepreneurial Ethic in an Overseas Chinese Community,"
March 1989 -Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies
"Intimacy, Festivity and Connections: Married Daughters and their Parents in an Overseas Chinese
Community," March 1988, Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies
"Family Strategy and Middleman Minority Theory: A Missing Link" December 1985, Annual
Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
"Women, Family Structure and the Division of Labor in Chinese Operated Tanneries of Calcutta,
India" March 1984, Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies
"Family Structure and the Productive Process in Chinese Operated Tanneries of Calcutta, India"
November 16, 1983, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago,
RECENT PUBLIC LECTURES:
“Food and Moral Predicaments in Rural China: Past and Present,” University of Vermont, January 28, 2015. Sponsored by Graduate Program in Food Systems.
“Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village,”April 2006, Ilsley Library, Middlebury (sponsored by Vermont Endowment for Humanities).
“The Culture of Food in Rural China,” April 2008 Hubbard Library, Montpelier (sponsored by Vermont Endowment for Humanities), and July 2008 (Hakka Roundhouse Reunion, Toronto, Canada).
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
External review committee for Anthropology Department at Davidson College (January 2006).
Doctoral dissertation reviews in anthropology for University of Helsinki, Australian National University, and CUNY Graduate Center.
Manuscript Reviews for Cornell University Press, Cambridge University Press, Stanford University Press, Academia Sinica, Institute of Ethnology Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, American Ethnologist, Journal of Asian Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Ritual Studies, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (formerly Man), Anthropological Quarterly and Current Anthropology, The China Journal, Current Anthropology, Journal of Material Culture, Identities, Journal of Chinese Overseas, and Gastronomica
Chair and organizer of panel entitled, "Coming Home? Immigrants, Refugees and Those Who
Stayed Behind," Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 1997.
Chair and organizer of panel entitled, "Women and Flexible Accumulation in China: Economic
Restructuring of Familial Power Dynamics," Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies,
Co-Organizer and chair of panel entitled, "Persona, Practice and Political Economy, " November
1989, Invited Session of General Anthropology Division and Society for Psychological
Anthropology at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Chair and organizer of panel entitled, "So you really want at Daughter? Parents, Daughters and the
Shadow Structure of Chinese Kinship", March, 1988, Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian
Chair and Organizer of panel entitled, "Marriage Payments and Society in Contemporary China and
India: Towards a Reevaluation," April 1987, Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies.
Professor of Anthropology, Middlebury College, 1997 - present.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Middlebury College Sociology/Anthropology Department,
Fall 1992- 1997.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Middlebury College Sociology/Anthropology Department,
Fall 1985-August 1992
Teaching Fellow, Havard University Anthropology Department: Spring and Fall Semesters 1979;
Spring Semester 1980
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Global Consumptions: Food and Power in Comparative Perspective
From Famine to Feasting: The Role of Food in Chinese Culture
Topics in Anthropological Theory
The Anthropology of Food
The Anthropology of China
Race and Ethnicity Across Cultures
Gender, Culture and Power
Post-Communist Societies? Russia and China Compared
Foods and Feasting in Chinese and Indian Societies
Ethnography of India
Versions of the Foreign
The Cultural Revolution: Memoir, History and Fiction
Champlain Valley Organization of Economic Opportunity Board of Directors: 1991 to 2010 (Board President, 1994-1995).
Vermont Health Care for All, Board Member since 2005, Board Vice-President, 2010 to present.
Educational and organizing work on the issue of single payer health care in Vermont since 1997
Available upon request.