Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI)

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Mission:

Grand challenges today in politics, economics, social justice, immigration, armed conflicts, and environment are creating an overlapping effect between the Asian and the global, making it necessary that the existing framework for Asian Studies be re-crafted. Intensifying flows of people, goods, ideas, and culture within Asia and between Asia and the rest of the world are calling for a new approach to Asia from a transnational and transhistorical perspective. Needless to say, national boundaries continue to exist, and concerns over sovereignty and nationalism often result in immense human and environmental disasters. At the same time, we now live in an age where human movements across national borders are happening in an unprecedented scale, delivering new conflict, new tragedy, and new anxieties, but also new knowledge, new forms of life, and new communities. The Chao Center’s new research initiative, the Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI), aims to address this complexity, working across multiple disciplines and methodologies.

Fellows:

TARI consists of a team of postdoctoral research fellows residing at the Chao Center. Fellows are expected to engage in their own research aimed at elevating and deepening their understanding of a specialized area, while simultaneously pursuing a common theme and knowledge on transnational Asia. Such themes/projects will be inter-disciplinarily generated and traverse a broad terrain—both time and space—concerning Asia and the world. The TARI fellows will actively build a research community through close interactions with other comparable units on the Rice campus.

2020 - present

Shivani Bothra, Bhagwaan Mahavir/Chao Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies

2019 - present

Ka-Kin Cheuk, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies
Eric Huntington, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies
Alex Jong-Seok Lee, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies

2018 - 2019

Maria Hwang, Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies
Alex Jong-Seok Lee, Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Korean Studies
Sohoon Yi, T.T. and W.F. Chao Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies

2017 - 2019

Mitra Barua, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies
Brendan A. Galipeau, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies

2016 - 2019

Brianne Donaldson, Bhagwaan Mahavir/Chao Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies

2016 - 2018

Han Sang Kim, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies

2016 - 2017

Bhavani Arabandi, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies
Sandeep Ray, Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies