James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
Furman Hall 224A
B.A. Oberlin College, 2000
M.A. University of Washington, 2006
Ph.D. University of Washington, 2010
Tami Blumenfield is an anthropologist of China with research interests on participatory media production, tourism, and the emergence of inequality. Her primary fieldsite is in Southwest China where the Na and Nuosu people live in an ethnically diverse zone. Dr. Blumenfield is co-editing a book on Cultural Heritage Politics in China with Helaine Silverman. She is also producing a film, Some Na Ceremonies, that showcases filming and directorial work of her Na collaborators, Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji.
Dr. Blumenfield teaches courses on the Anthropology of China, Gender in Asia, and media/film/representation.
First Year Writing Seminar: Debunking the Myths of China
Anthropology of China
Gender in East Asia
Media in Asia
2012. Blumenfield, Tami and Maresi Nerad. Developing a Research Agenda for Assessing International (Post)graduate Education and Collaboration. Australian Universities Review 54(1)
. Special issue on doctoral education, Anita Devos and Catherine Manathunga, guest eds.
2011a. Culinary Controversies: Shark Fin Soup and Sea Creatures in the Asian Studies Curriculum. Education about Asia 16(3) theme issue, Food, Culture, and Asia.
2010a. Scenes from Yongning: Media Creation in China’s Na Villages. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington.
2010b. Review of Terence Wesley-Smith & Jon Goss, eds. (University of Hawai'i Press, 2010), Remaking Area Studies: Teaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific. Asia Pacific World 1(2).
2008. Anthropologists in Motion. Anthropology News 49 (1): 18-19.
Film and Television Production:
2011. Some Na Ceremonies
). A film by Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji. Produced by Tami Blumenfield.
2008. Illuminations at Lugu Lake: The First Moso Film Festival. A film by Onci Archei, Ruheng Duoji, Feng Weiyang, and Tami Blumenfield.
2004. "Taboo 2: Blood Bonds
." National Geographic Television. John Mernit, Series Producer. David Shadrack Smith, Producer. Tami Blumenfield, Field Associate Producer, China segment.