Question 1 is compulsory; you must answer it. For Question 2, we offer three choices: 2a, 2b or 2c. Choose one of the options out of the three and answer it.
Please adhere to the following formatting and submission guidelines:
You must submit your essays together, as a single document, formatted in 12pt font, double-spaced, and with 1-inch margins. Each essay should be between 2-3 pages in length. With the two essays combined, your answers must not be more than 6 pages in length. We will not read beyond 6pp.
When quoting or mentioning a reading, you may supply just the author’s last name and an abbreviated title when you first mention it. For example, “as Hamid writes in HGFRRA (p.10),” or “George (Picturing Islam) describes how a lifeworld takes shape through making art.” Supplying the author’s full name and publication title is acceptable.
Question 1: Compulsory Question
Please read the attached article, “The ‘Illegal’ Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of borders,” by anthropologist Shahram Khosravi. Quoting scholar C. Rumsford, Khosravi writes that “borders shape our perception of the world . . . border thinking is a major component of our consciousness of the world” (p.322), and uses his own experience as an “illegal” border-crossing migrant to reflect on the violent and contingent (situational, circumstantial, or arbitrary) effects of national borders.
Write a 2-3pp essay that applies two or three key insights from Khosravi’s article to illuminate your understanding of ambiguous lifeworlds, and transnational migration. In doing so, compare and contrast Khosravi’s experience and ideas to those put forward in selected course readings or lectures. Your answer should suggest how Khosravi’s essay meshes with no less than three course readings.
Question 2: Choose and answer one of the following questions.
2(a) In this course we have discussed the importance of understanding conflict and structural violence in relation to lifeworlds. Using no less than three readings and materials from the lectures, discuss how conflict and structural violence shape and disturb the horizons of Asian lifeworlds and Asian lives-in-motion.
2(b) You have been reading ethnographies about lifeworlds and Asia. Using no less than three readings and material from the lectures, discuss the movement of people, memories, and objects across time and space. Using cases from our readings and lectures, discuss how people, memories, and objects travel together, and what may happen when they become separated.
2(c) It could be argued that hope is a human universal. But different people hope for different goals and futures. Not all hopes are shared. What have you learned about the role of hope in the lives of postcolonial Asians? Using How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and no less than two other ethnographic examples from the course readings, discuss the role of hope for understanding Asian lifeworlds in motion.
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