From CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, a special issue on Asian culture(s) and globalization. Claudio Sopranzetti (Harvard): The Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok (Dissertation). Lorenzo Pellegrini and Luca Tasciotti (Erasmus): Bhutan: Between Happiness and Horror. The AIDS granny in exile: In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. “Once the villages are gone, the culture is gone”: As village life in China disappears and its traditions fade, some fight to maintain the country’s rural cultural heritage. China's Dan Brown is a subtle subversive: Jiayang Fan on how the writer who goes by the pen name Mai Jia is the most popular author in the world you’ve never heard of. Chinese atheists?: Ian Johnson on what the Pew survey gets wrong. Pearl Sydenstricker on the Disneyfication of Tibet: How tourism has become a tool of occupation. The introduction to Regionalizing Culture: The Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia by Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin. Emily Shire on what Orgasm Wars reveals about Japan's sexual culture. Racy men’s magazine in South Korea enflames nationalist anger. Alicia Izharuddin on the geography of urban intellectual culture in the Malay archipelago. Ulises Moreno-Tabarez reviews Popular Culture in Asia: Memory, City, Celebrity by Lorna Fitzsimmons and John A. Lent. The Asian Century may have arrived, but many Asians — disproportionately entrepreneurial, well-educated and familial — are heading elsewhere. Why are we so reluctant, even in this age of globalization, to adopt Asian key terminologies?
Gabriel Garcia-Merritt (Iowa State): Inked Lives: Tattoos, Identity, and Power. Richard Waters reviews The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism by Jeremy Rifkin. Read this one document to understand what the Christian Right hopes to gain from Hobby Lobby. Felix Salmon on why it makes sense for Larry Page to donate his billions to Elon Musk. Andrew O’Hehir on why we fight about Colbert and Lena Dunham: Twitter politics are all we have left. Marcella Bombardieri on the inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz: More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist. Adam K. Raymond on the 5 stages of Bitcoin grief. Reddit CEO Yishan Wong says “The userbase for bitcoin is basically crazy libertarians”. Rand Paul doesn't stand a chance: Michael Kazin on libertarians and the Republican Party. New G.O.P. bid to limit voting in swing states: Already, nine states, under Republican control, have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. An interview with Michio Kaku, author of The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, on exploring the universe via avatars, the probable intelligence of aliens, and uploading memories back into the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Mexico’s cowboy pilgrims: Rural values endure in an industrial heartland.
John Justin Leppler (Baltimore): Dangerous New Identity: Is Change Needed in Determining Transgender Participation in Athletics Through New Gender Identity? Gregory M. Stein (Tennessee): Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets. Jennings Byrd and Phillip A. Mixon (Troy): College Football Success and the Quantity and Quality of Applicants: Evidence from the BCS. Matthew M. Heekin and Bruce W. Burton (Charlotte): Bias in the College Football Playoff Selection Process: If the Devil is in the Details, That's Where Salvation May Be Found. Travis Waldron on making sense of the labor ruling allowing Northwestern football players to unionize. From TNR, Eric Nusbaum on how the NCAA's exploitation of student athletes would make Fidel Castro proud — but two new lawsuits might finally change that; the most righteous man at ESPN: Marc Tracy on how Jay Bilas became the NCAA's fiercest critic; and Danny Vinik on the economics of March Madness: The tourney may not hurt the economy as much as you think. Jonathan Chait on what white people don’t see when they watch basketball. How can you watch that stuff? Peter Beinart on the questionable ethics of teaching his son to love pro football. Which sports have the whitest/richest/oldest fans? Surprisingly, Nascar's audience has the highest share of women — not surprisingly, golf's fans have the highest share of seniors. Willie Osterweil on how mixed-martial-arts fighters take a terrible beating not only from each other but also from the UFC’s labor practices. A red line for FIFA? Dave Zirin on Israel, violence and what’s left of Palestinian soccer. War robots and the 2014 World Cup — defenders off the field.