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Ellen Oxfeld

Sociology/Anthropology Department

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont 05753


PERSONAL

Born--November 6, 1953 in Newark, New Jersey


EDUCATION

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 Zaniecki 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



RESEARCH

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

Anthropology Department


LANGUAGES

Mandarin Chinese and French -- competent in reading, speaking and writing

Bengali -- elementary speaking

Hakka Chinese -- intermediate speaking


DOCTORAL THESIS

"The Limits of Entrepreneurship: Family Process and Ethnic Role Amongst Chinese Tanners of

Calcutta."

PUBLICATIONS (Books)

Drink Water, But Remember the Source”: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village. (University of California Presss, 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 Zaniecki Award from the

American Sociological Association Section on International Migration

PUBLICATIONS (refereed articles and book chapters)
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,

1996
"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

ENCYCOPAEDIA ENTRIES
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.


WORK IN PROGRESS

Having just completed a revised version of a my manuscript on moral discourse in a Chinese village, I can finally turn to different material – gathered during the spring semester of 2007 – on the culture of food in rural Meixian. I have already presented several public lectures on this material, and this has provided an opportunity for me to begin thinking about how I might want to analyze and present it. Ultimately I would like to write a book that compares and contrasts food practices in rural Meixian, which are highly connected to specific places and times, with our own “disembedded” food practices in the United States. With the growth of the “localvore” and “slow food” movements in the United States, I believe some cross-cultural comparison would be timely and illuminating.








PAPERS PRESENTED

“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

1999, Boston.
"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,

Illinois


RECENT PUBLIC LECTURES:
“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).


Manuscript Reviews for Cornell University Press, Cambridge University Press, Stanford University 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.
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,

March 1999.
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

Studies
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.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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


COURSES TAUGHT

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

The Anthropology of China

Race and Ethnicity

Women, 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



Global Consumptions: Food and Power in Cross-Cultural Perspective

REFERENCES



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