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2013-2014 AAA Minority Dissertation Fellow Announced

American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Committee on Minority Affairs in Anthropology (CMIA) are pleased to announce the selection of Karen G. Williams as recipient of the 2013-2014 AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. This annual fellowship of $10,000 is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations.

Williams’ dissertation, titled “From Coercion to Consent?: Governing the Formerly Incarcerated in the 21st Century United States” focuses on the criminal Karen-g-Williamsjustice system. Dr. Dana-Ain Davis of Williams’ dissertation committee notes, “In addition to being an outstanding leader, Karen also has an outstanding record of academic achievement.” She is currently working on her PhD in anthropology at City University of New York.  Karen received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in anthropology and continued on to receive a Masters of Arts in Performance Studies at New York University.

Williams will be recognized during the AAA Awards Ceremony at the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Rosa E. Ficek, PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be acknowledged as the Honorable Mention.

Living in the Earthquake Aftermath in Koriyama, Japan

AAA member, Yoko Ikeda lives in Koriyama-city in Fukushima prefecture with her family. She is a recent graduate from the Graduate Center, City University of New York with a Ph.D. in anthropology. Here she gives an account of her experience living in Japan in the earthquake aftermath. Thank you, Yoko!

Koriyama is in the middle part of Fukushima prefecture, not near the ocean at all.  My city was not affected by the devastating tsunami. Some buildings were damaged when the March 11 earthquake hit, but houses around my house had only minor structural damage, if any. Most people reported that much of the damage occurred from things falling inside the house and made quite a mess – the same was true for mine.  Although parts of this city are without water and electricity, my area got them back within the same day of the earthquake.  I believe nobody was killed or seriously injured in my city, although it is possible that such news has not been widely reported because of the massive disasters going on in many other places.  

We are still getting many aftershocks. It is unbelievable how often we are having earthquakes each day. Even though we are used to earthquakes in general, what we’ve been experiencing now is unprecedented.  

Many evacuees from the nuclear power plant area are here. There is no evacuation order or restriction to be outside in Koriyama right now and many stores are open.  Because of the massive scale of the problem Japan now faces, there is some scarcity of gasoline and heating oil here, too. It seems that we are getting enough food supplies in stores that are open, but people often have to get in line to get in some grocery stores right now and the lines at the checkout are pretty long – 30 minutes to an hour at the store my mother went to. 

Photo courtesy Emotinal Black

Many businesses are open and people are going to work, but the limited gasoline supply makes commutes stressful. Transportation services are limited due to the damage to roads and railways. Long-distance busses just began running again or are about to resume on a limited basis. I don’t think there is train service in my city at this time.  And given the shortage of gasoline, people do not feel comfortable going too far, unless they absolutely have to. I’ve heard many people complain that they feel stuck at their location due to the gasoline shortage.

I think that the biggest concern for people in Koriyama is what is happening with the broken nuclear power plant.  Some people are worried about the nuclear power plant situations and have left the city; but for now, the overwhelming majority is here, living as normally as possible. Some people are taking radiation precautions by trying to minimize their time outside, and if they have to go out they wear a mask and hat. I hardly have been outside myself, but I don’t really have to since I am currently job hunting. Continue reading

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