my plastic fast (2): where do i use single use plastic

the first step in preparing for my plastic fast will be to account for all of my use of single use plastic at home and when out

fortunately, stanley bought a wide array of mesh and cotton bags that we use for buying produce and items that we can purchase at the grocery store in bulk. because of my experience living on taiwan, i was already in the habit of taking my own bags to make groceries. for the same reason, i usually carry chopsticks or my own cutlery. i thought that we were doing a good job, until i looked around…

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my plastic fast

lent has a bad name, probably because of its association with the rather silly giving up of good things, like chocolate. but i want to claim the battle between carnival and lent for a kind of environmental ascesis

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climate justice and the failures of western imagination

this year, BTOT was again full of joy and provocation: joy in the variety of jam sessions, new music, and dance composition with which presenters engaged their colleagues at berklee; provocation as some of our colleagues tried to stir things up. as a member of the BTOT program committee, it was a great deal of fun!

this year as many years, my colleague political scientist  victor wallis organized a panel that underscored the urgency of the climate crisis. as a prison and environmental activist and scholar who has edited the journal socialism and democracy, victor wallis is aware of the complexity of the climate issue. in many ways, his work points out how the urgency of the climate crisis requires us to think our way outside of capitalism

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我們要被殖民位置絆倒,才能找到我們的立場:閱讀 j. smith 2015 “standing with sol”以及行動人類學有感

我經常疑問,人類學、民族音樂學的理論真的離開搶救人類學背後的基本敘說(foundational narrative),換一句話來說,我們雖然推廣社區互動性、合作性、等研究的同時,卻還未面對美國和台灣學界多層殖民性的問題

所以,就像加拿大人類學家brian noble所講的,我們可能需要被殖民性絆倒 (tripped up by coloniality),弄得我們幾乎無法繼續研究,才能找到一個立場

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the market! how academic institutions swallow the koolade of constructive engagement with china

given the current love affair between capital and authoritarianism moving toward matrimonial alliance in china, it’s time not to be led astray by the notion that capitalism promotes press or academic freedom. nonetheless, many academic institutions in the united states have bought into the failed promises of “constructive engagement”

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dj hatfield is associate professor of history and anthropology in the liberal arts department of the berklee college of music in boston. a sociocultural anthropologist and sound installation artist, hatfield’s ongoing academic projects include accidental cosmopolitans: far ocean fishing and ironies of indigenous placemaking in taiwan. he is also the author of several articles on taiwanese popular culture and the appearance of indigeneity in taiwan after martial law, other works on taiwanese religious practice, and the book length monograph taiwanese pilgrimage to china: ritual, complicity, community. in addition to his academic work, hatfield brews beer, sings from old tunebooks, and hangs out with a variety of musicians on taiwan. this blog is a combination of a few of hatfield’s academic and non-academic interests

back up (well, in a different place)

大家早就注意到, 部落格出問題,其實嚴重到我沒有辦法救回來,還是要讓它成為一個文獻庫…之類的

well, the original blog is busted beyond repair. so i’m starting a new blog here. if you want to read the old posts, do go to


會有caraw。冰箱 的生活 (瑜珈在內), hatfield教授對教學的疑慮,DJ在台灣聲音景觀以外的寫作,以及阿德廚藝分享部分!

but the material here will be a bit mixed: there will be some rants and observations about life and maybe yoga, thoughts and worries about teaching, some of my writing outside of the taiwan soundscapes work, and a bit about cooking and brewing. for ongoing work on taiwan soundscapes, visit