Atlas Obscura: The Quest to Collect the Stories of Bengalis in Harlem

Atlas Obscura: The Quest to Collect the Stories of Bengalis in Harlem . “ALAUDIN ULLAH HAS SPENT MORE than 20 years collecting untold or overlooked stories of the earliest South Asian immigrants to America, their Black and Hispanic wives, and their descendants, particularly in New York. It’s a research project, but also a personal one: The project has been a way for him to understand his own story, too—and his father’s.”

Claremont McKenna College: CMC awarded major grant for open-access book series

Claremont McKenna College: CMC awarded major grant for open-access book series. “The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Claremont McKenna College, under the direction of Prof. Albert L. Park, a $240,000 grant to launch an open-access book series on The Environments of East Asia with Cornell University Press. This is the first book series that integrates scholarship on East Asia with environmental studies ever published with an academic press.”

Commentary: Social media worsens growing anti-China sentiments in Southeast Asia (Channel News Asia)

Channel News Asia: Commentary: Social media worsens growing anti-China sentiments in Southeast Asia. “It might be easy to dismiss the Milk Tea Alliance as a Gen-Z Internet joke. But the meme is successful in tapping into something deeper in the collective consciousness of a region that is famously diverse and defiant of collective action. It taps into discontent with the regional decline of democracy and fears about the rise of China as a hegemonic power. There is a bigger picture beyond the protests in Myanmar. The country fits a broader pattern of recent years in which disparate protests in Southeast Asia, triggered by different events, exhibit undercurrents of anxiety about the growing influence of China.”

Prestige: “Borders keep us divided; stories keep us united,” says Ahsun Zafar, the man behind Instagram’s @brownhistory

Prestige: “Borders keep us divided; stories keep us united,” says Ahsun Zafar, the man behind Instagram’s @brownhistory. “Two years and 1,381 posts later, Instagram handle Brown History has a loyal readership of over 400k, along with a podcast featuring interviews and talks with historians, authors, cultural experts, and artists. Started by Ahsun Zafar, an electrical engineer in Canada, Brown History is a digital archive exhibiting anecdotes focused on South Asians from all over the world.”

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!”

Library of Congress: William Farquhar Correspondence and Other 19th Century Malay Letters Now Online at the Library of Congress

Library of Congress: William Farquhar Correspondence and Other 19th Century Malay Letters Now Online at the Library of Congress. “The Library of Congress today announced the digitization of 46 Malay letters from the 19th century, mainly from Malay kings and Southeast Asian notables to William Farquhar, a pioneering British colonial administrator in Singapore (1819-1823), providing online access to an important resource on the founding of that country.”

“I Forgot There Was A Pandemic”: How It Feels Living In Places Where (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “I Forgot There Was A Pandemic”: How It Feels Living In Places Where COVID Isn’t A Thing. “As the third surge of the pandemic devastates the US, where overwhelmed hospitals are currently treating more than 100,000 patients with COVID-19 and deaths are climbing to record levels, many Americans are once again heading back into lockdowns. While vaccinations are beginning for some, it will still be a long and dark winter for most. Nine months into the pandemic, our pre-COVID lives seem like a distant memory. But in parts of the world, it’s the coronavirus that seems distant.”

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.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive. “Amplifying the voices of those fighting against long histories of patriarchal dominance, the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive documents and preserves the work of activists, grassroots organizations, and social justice movements committed to promoting the visibility and experiences of LGBTQAI+ people and women in South Asia and its diasporas.”