Ranging from Arabia to India and Southeast Asia, Engseng Ho explores the transcultural exchanges–in kinship and writing–that enabled Hadrami Yemeni. Engseng Ho is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Duke University in the U.S. Currently he is the Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting . Engseng Ho is an activist within the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and has co-authored a BDS resolution at the American.

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They also intermarried with locals, thinking that their bodies would become acclimatised by intermixing with locals from the tropics. They often do not really have a sense that it is unusual, they just live their life. Libraire Armand Colin, ; Kirti 41 The notion of the openness of interconnections is, to me, a key idea that has now been taken up as well by those who work on land and territory.

What has been happening across Asia in the past thirty years is the reknitting and strengthening of these Asian connections. The mantra was, we look small but we understand big things. At that moment, I felt that historical knowledge and context could help one think quite concretely about very contemporary phenomena.

And the simple fact of their spread does not mean that you should go round up or shoot whomever you think is an Arab or a Muslim. Did this inform your childhood and later intellectual journeys? Once you really understand a place you can actually sniff out or sense things coming from elsewhere. But actually in Penang itself, the situation was quite different.

BDS initiatives include compelling institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, academic boycottsanti-Israel rallies and protests. This happened in the context of postcolonial independence, within a Nehruvian project, and I would say also in the context of American fears of peasant revolts leading to communism.

Where does this leave the study of immobility? I think this is a very nice way of putting it. One can actually perceive them when one can smell them. The Portuguese were also very well integrated in the Indian Ocean.


Inter-Asian connections precede colonialism, have a lot to say about colonialism, and have lessons for us in the postcolonial period. The BDS movement was founded in by Omar Barghouti and asserts that it “works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

This changed my idea of what law is about. They are these actual, his- torical, legitimate communities which involve men, women, children, sometimes sultans, lawyers, and human rights activists. Hadramis carried along their genealogies as well. Lives are not linear in the historical sense. But I must say that what I liked in engineering was the systematic thought: Although many of these communities are thought of as patrilineal, in fact the matrilineal or matrilateral aspect engeng quite important.

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BDS activity is often aggressive and disruptive. In Southeast Asia, we see all these different diasporas meeting and overlapping.

About the Book The Graves of Tarim narrates the movement of an old diaspora across the Indian Ocean over the past five hundred years. Altogether, studying the Hadramis offered an interesting intellectual challenge. It hit me like a sucker punch. A View from the Other Boat. We had only bicycles, so we always tried engsneg avoid the Alfa Romeos. After a while, I decided that I had spent too much engeng in the university, and that I should be outside.

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The Graves of Tarim narrates the movement of an old diaspora across the Indian Ocean over the past five hundred years. Through this research, I learned all sorts of things about this community, which did not sit quite right with the dominant racial views of the country.

Because, if you for example look down the Swahili coast in East Africa, all these Arab and Muslim communities are targeted by both Americans and local governments in terms of surveillance, imprisonment, interrogation, torture, and so on.


How can one go back in time while moving in space? It has been noted that universities that pass BDS resolutions see a marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents on campus. They gave a very different view of India; a view from the boat. Engsengg is a much smaller stream of South Asian scholars who did not focus on the territory but engdeng the Downloaded from https: You were born and brought up in Penang, a city built on its transnational and multiethnic maritime roots.

People often think that when we do big space and big time we go abstract. The Society of the Absent 2. The current rise of China has to do with supply chains, and they reconnect Asian countries to one another. Signatories of the letter pledged “not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend conferences and other events at such institutions, and not to publish in academic journals based in Israel.

So I got a job in the government investment corporation and the central bank. Click here to sign up. In your work there is a strict divide between the European colonisers on the one hand and Indian Ocean diaspora groups on the other.

I added a few more classes in micro- and macroeconomics, and that lead to majors in both economics and anthropology.

Remember me on this computer. To me, coming from racialised Malaysia, to encounter this sort of explosion of identities and lan- guages within one family was hugely liberating.

But here I encountered people who were prime exponents of both. The research ended up being a story of the racialisation of Malaysia under British rule.

Why did you then move away from the Malay-Chinese communities?