NPR: Asian founders work to steer the narrative as beauty trends pull from their cultures

NPR: Asian founders work to steer the narrative as beauty trends pull from their cultures. “As social media influencers mainstream and rebrand Asian-inspired techniques, wellness experts and founders in the Asian diaspora are trying to preserve the integrity of their cultures’ rituals. ‘If we — brands like us who are authentic in how we pursue this — don’t do that, then that’s where the stories and the culture gets lost,’ [Rooshy] Roy said. ‘And then, we think that, you know, Gwyneth Paltrow is the one who discovered turmeric, when in reality it’s like something that’s so sacred to our heritage for centuries.’”

Center for Research Libraries: Global Press Archive CRL Alliance adds Southeast Asian Newspapers as digital open access collection

New-to-me, from Center for Research Libraries: Global Press Archive CRL Alliance adds Southeast Asian Newspapers as digital open access collection. “The Center for Research Libraries and East View Information Services have launched Southeast Asian Newspapers(link is external), the fifth open access collection of titles digitized under the Global Press Archive CRL Alliance…. The Southeast Asian Newspapers collection encompasses over 265,000 digitized pages from 65 publications, including: Gia định báo (the first Vietnamese newspaper, published in Saigon from 1865–1910), Nagara vatta (the first Cambodian-language newspaper), and Bramartani (a weekly newspaper from Surakarka, Indonesia), among others.”

Vanderbilt University: Heard Libraries acquire collection of jazz, world music master Yusef Lateef

Vanderbilt University: Heard Libraries acquire collection of jazz, world music master Yusef Lateef. “Vanderbilt’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are now home to a rich collection of research materials from the life and career of Yusef A. Lateef, a Grammy-winning musician who played a pioneering role in bringing Middle Eastern and Asian sounds to American jazz. Lateef also was an author, visual artist, educator and philosopher. He died in 2013, but his cultural significance lives on through his artistry.”

The Future of History: How New Tools Tap Into Diverse Perspectives on the Past (North Carolina State University)

North Carolina State University: The Future of History: How New Tools Tap Into Diverse Perspectives on the Past. “Bodies and Structures 2.0, which I [David Ambaras] co-direct with Kate McDonald, is a way to do multivocal spatial histories of modern East Asia and the worlds of which it has been a part. It consists of 17 individually authored modules, which examine a diverse range of topics, such as histories of disease and vaccination; narcotics trafficking; colonialism; migration; and urban life. These modules feature cutting-edge research on Japan (including Okinawa), Taiwan, China, Vietnam and Mongolia. On top of this, the site uses tags, annotations, links, and visualizations to connect and cut across the modules, giving contributors and users the opportunity to think comparatively about space, place and power.”

Center for Research Libraries: Global Press Archive CRL Alliance adds Southeast Asian Newspapers as digital open access collection

Center for Research Libraries: Global Press Archive CRL Alliance adds Southeast Asian Newspapers as digital open access collection . “Southeast Asian Newspapers adds to the growing body of open access material available in the Global Press Archive, by virtue of support from Center for Research Libraries members and other participating institutions. The Southeast Asian Newspapers collection encompasses over 265,000 digitized pages from 65 publications, including: Gia định báo (the first Vietnamese newspaper, published in Saigon from 1865–1910), Nagara vatta (the first Cambodian-language newspaper), and Bramartani (a weekly newspaper from Surakarka, Indonesia), among others.”

Borneo Post: Bengkel Borneo gathers creative talents to create ‘Soundbank’

Borneo Post: Bengkel Borneo gathers creative talents to create ‘Soundbank’. “The online interactive exhibition explores the theme ‘Divided by Lockdowns and Borders, Can We Still Connect Digitally Across Oceans Through Sound?’, and presents words, songs and photographs from Malaysian, Indonesian and British collaborators…. Launched today, Soundbank features recordings in over five indigenous languages, where several are highly-endangered; Kayan, Dusun and Gaelic, to name a few – demonstrating the diversity of the collaborators involved in this international project.”

Mashable: TikTok users parody East Asian fetishization with ‘Americacore’ videos

Mashable: TikTok users parody East Asian fetishization with ‘Americacore’ videos. “Under the guise of celebrating ‘Americacore,’ TikTok users are recording their trips to Target and Walmart, eating snacks like Goldfish crackers and Funfetti cookies, and using paper plates. Paired with gentle music and soft filters, the video trend mimics the way many Americans fetishize East Asian culture, but misrepresent them in ‘aesthetic’ content.”

Seton Hall University: Ceramics Exhibit Launched on Google Arts and Culture

Seton Hall University: Ceramics Exhibit Launched on Google Arts and Culture . “The Walsh Gallery has launched a new exhibit in Google Arts and Culture featuring some of the highlights of Seton Hall’s collection of ceramics. The exhibit draws from Wang Fang-yu’s Asian Art collection and Herbert Kraft’s Archeology and Anthropology collection to show connections between material cultures widely disparate in both time and place.”

Digitisation in Asian and African Collections 2019 to 2021: what’s new online and where to find it (British Library)

British Library: Digitisation in Asian and African Collections 2019 to 2021: what’s new online and where to find it. “In the past year and a half we’ve made over 650 items from the Library’s Asian and African collections newly available online. To make it easier for you to find and explore our wonderful collections, we’ve put together a list of recently digitised items with links to their online versions for you to download here… They are arranged by collection area/project, so you can easily search and filter to your heart’s content!”

Buddhist Door: First Online Exhibition of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Shared Buddhist Heritage Opens

Buddhist Door: First Online Exhibition of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Shared Buddhist Heritage Opens. “The exhibition features the latest technologies, including 3D scanning, a webGL platform, virtual space utilization, innovative curation and narration methodology, and more. Visitors have an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and a glimpse of the artistic wealth displayed in various museums across Asia.”

Hashtag, history: There’s a growing appetite for online archives from South Asia (The Hindu)

The Hindu: Hashtag, history: There’s a growing appetite for online archives from South Asia. “An old black-and-white photo shows an Indian soldier from the British Indian Army posing with his lady love somewhere in Italy. The accompanying caption reveals that the soldier, also a football player, had gone to Italy for a tournament when he met the woman and they fell in love. The soldier’s father, however, opposed their love, and asked him to cut all ties with her. This photograph was taken by the estranged couple as a keepsake. This tragic love story garnered more than 20,000 likes on an Instagram account called ‘Brown History’.”

The Atlantic: The Meme-ification of Asianness

The Atlantic: The Meme-ification of Asianness. “Early every Sunday growing up in Australia, Anne Gu attended Chinese school, the weekend classes where many children of Chinese immigrants learn Mandarin. There, she bonded with her classmates over their shared sense of obligation…. They kept in touch via group chat, exchanging jokes about life as first-generation Asian Australians. ‘Someone was like, it would be fun if we made a Facebook group, and we all agreed,’ Gu said. In September, she and her friends created a group and added ‘all the Asian friends’ on their Facebook friend lists. They called it Subtle Asian Traits, after a then-popular Facebook group among Aussie teens called Subtle Private School Traits.”

ASEAN: ASEAN launches cultural heritage digital archiving project

ASEAN: ASEAN launches cultural heritage digital archiving project. “The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project was launched this week to present ASEAN’s cultural heritage on one website, making it possible for the public to access some of ASEAN’s museum collections more easily. The online portal will consolidate select digital archives of cultural heritage including artefacts, old documents and paintings. The project will also supplement the existing digital archives of ASEAN member states as it will digitise cultural heritage objects.” ASEAN stands for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. You can learn more about them in this article from the US State Department..

Indian Express: Asiatic Society library goes digital with 10,000 books, 2,000 manuscripts

Indian Express: Asiatic Society library goes digital with 10,000 books, 2,000 manuscripts. “One of the most picturesque spots in the city, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai is also a rich repository of rare documents, books, periodicals, manuscripts and maps. However, time has ravaged some of the invaluable resources available at the library, which is now over 200 years old. Some of the material available, which dates back to well over 300 years, has been in a state of despair, with the paper too brittle to even touch. After years of efforts and lobbying, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai launched its digital library initiative…on January 15.”