AAA 2011 — Denise Glover

It had been quite a few years since I had attended AAA. It is an overwhelmingly popular event; this year there were apparently over 6,000 attendees! A friend and colleague, Sienna Craig, that I have worked with over the past several years in various forms of collaboration (most recently the special issue of Asian Medicine that I mentioned in my October post) and another friend, Theresia Hofer, organized a panel titledMaking Nationality Medicine Ethnic: Ideologies, Discourses, and Practices, of which my paper was a part. The panel sought to consider ways in which “nationality (or ethnic) medicine” in China interacts with the larger discourse (and practices of) ethnicity. My paper, titled “Shadow Dancing: Ethnic medicine and PRC law,” discusses the way in which ethnic medicines are protected and promoted by particular state laws and argues that support of ethnic medicine (the practice, consumption, and production of) actualizes the guarantees of law and in turn effects perceived ideologies of legal justice of the state—this I see as a form of “shadowing dancing” (hence the title).


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