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Yoonhee Kang

Yoonhee Kang received her Ph. D. in anthropology from Yale University in 2002 with a dissertation entitled “Words of the Ancestors, Words for Survival: Marginality, Emotion, and the Power of Magical Words among the Petalangans of Riau, Indonesia.” Her dissertation research has addressed the issues of language, affect, and the politics of culture, based on her linguistic and ethnographic research among the Petalangan people, a remote Eastern Sumatran community in Indonesia between 1998 and 2000. At the Center for Folklore and Ethnography, she has worked on her publications that address the issues of cultural conceptualizations of language, emotion, and the body, which specific verbal genres presuppose and mediate in performance. Her most recent publication is “The Desire to be Desired: Magic Spells, Agency, and the Politics of Desire among the Petalangan people in Indonesia,” in Language & Communication 23(2): 153-167, April 2003.

For more information, please visit her website at www.yoonheekang.net.


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