In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. In March 2011, Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus was ousted as head of the microfinance lender by the Bangladesh government, which owns 25% of the company. The government claims Yunus, 70, is far past its country’s mandatory retirement … More Lamia Karim: The fall of Muhammad Yunus and its consequences for the women of Grameen Bank.
Author Jeffrey Angles (Writing the Love of Boys) was in Tokyo when Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck on March 11th. He talks about his experience on a local NPR station.
On NYT’s Opinion Pages: “Though concrete predictions and assessments will have to wait, there is one thing that can be said on the sixth day since the quake: the Japanese people have begun to see their nation in a more positive light than they have in at least 20 or 30 years.”
Bangladeshi women count money for repayment to a microcredit bank. Author Lamia Karim’s new book asks why we know so little about microfinance’s consequences. Image source. In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. Lamia Karim, associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon, … More Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University. She is author of Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World. ——- Despite an unprecedented global economic crisis, Filipinos are leaving the Philippines in the thousands for employment in hundreds of countries overseas. It seems rather paradoxical; how is … More How the Philippine government propagates a model of "labor brokerage," even in a time of global economic crisis.
This week’s Q&A is with Thomas Lamarre, professor of East Asian studies, art history, and communications studies at McGill University and author of The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation (November 2009). Q: How does anime speak to the world? A: Former Prime Minister Asô Tarô’s appointment of the beloved manga and anime character … More Q&A with Thomas Lamarre: How does anime speak to the world?