This week I’m headed to the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) in Tokyo, Japan. I have been to Asia before – mainland China in 1991 (shortly after Tiananmen Square) and Bali Indonesia in 1993. I have always wanted to travel to Japan, so I’m stealing a few precious vacation days away from my family to […]
At the core of my experience in Bali was the opportunity to live with a family that owned and operated an ikat factory called Anoman Weaving Factory. I experienced the home life of a normal (but I suspect relatively wealthy) Balinese family, and observed daily life and activities of workers in the factory.
One of the extraordinary parts of my trip to Bali was getting to act a participant-observer in several rites of passage. During the 3-4 weeks that I stayed with the family who owned the Anoman Weaving Factory, I participated in funeral preparations and a cremation, as well as the coming-of-age ceremony for a five year […]
As part of my Masters’ degree program in Whole Systems Design at Antioch University Seattle, I traveled to Bali Indonesia in 1993. My stated purpose was to visit a culture where religion and art were both integral to daily life. I was also very interested in experiencing a Hindu culture, as my undergraduate degree in […]