Organized Panel Session
This is a designated panel sponsored by the Council of Conferences, featuring graduate students whose papers have received best-paper prizes from their respective regional conferences. As such, the papers cover a variety of topics, but all address the construction of local identities across Asia, and how these have changed through time. Papers focus on cloth symbolism in ancient Japanese rituals of Datsueba worship, carrying through to the present day; the construction of race-based ideas of modernity in Republican China; the ethnicity and folk religion of the Naxi people in Southwest China from the 1980s; and the intersectionality of Anna May Wong’s star persona, connecting race, nationalism, femininity and politics across international boundaries of the film industry. Papers will be of interest to anyone studying change and continuity in identity practices in Asia, particularly Japan and China.