The Weatherhead East Asian Institute is pleased to announce that the Taipei City Hakka Cultural Center will create an immersive exhibit of the anthropological photos and research of Myron L. Cohen, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and former Institute director.
Opening on August 28 and running through November 2016, the exhibit will introduce visitors to a selection of photographs that Professor Cohen, a preeminent scholar of Hakka family life, took of a village called Daqixia in Meinong Township in the 1960s. Taken when Professor Cohen was a Columbia graduate student, the photographs allow viewers to see how mid-twentieth century life in Daqixia was strongly shaped by traditions and family structures that the first Hakka settlers brought with them from China.
The author of such books as House United, House Divided: The Chinese Family in Taiwan and Kinship, Contract, Community, and State: Anthropological Perspectives on China , Professor Cohen has studied Hakka families in Taiwan as well as Chinese kinship, popular religion, community organization, economic culture, the interconnections between local society and state organization and ideology, and the cultural foundations of modern Chinese nationalism.
Images of the exhibit are below: