Memorial event for Ainslie T. Embree, Columbia University, November 13, 2017

Ed. note: The event notice below is posted at the request of Frank Conlon, from an email from William A. Carrick of the South Asia Institute at Columbia University, dated 9 November, 2017. See also

Dr. Adam McKeown

Thank you to Ryan for conveying the very sad news of Adam McKeown’s death.

I have known Adam since the early 1990s, when he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago. He was a few years ahead of me in the program, and I always looked upon him as both mentor and model.

Dr. Adam McKeown

I am sorry to relay the sad news that Dr. Adam McKeown died in an accident on September 10, 2017.

Dr. McKeown earned his PhD in history at the University of Chicago in 1997. His dissertation saw publication in 2001 as Chinese Migrant Networks and Cultural Change: Peru, Chicago, Hawaii, 1900-1936 (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press). A second book, Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders, was published by Columbia University Press in 2011.

Re: Remembering Fred C. Blake (1942-2017) China Scholar & Cultural Anthropologist

I would like to add a separate note to express my personal appreciation for this detailed and moving tribute to Fred Blake. Our intermittent efforts as H-Asia editors to post obituaries based on public domain reports are worthwhile, no doubt, but a poor substitute for a firsthand memorial by friends and colleagues of the person. Thank you, Li Blake & Margaret Bodemer.

Re: William Theodore de Bary, 1919-2017

I would like to call the attention of H-Asia members to three tributes to Wm. Theodore de Bary that we published earlier this week at the AAS #AsiaNow blog. Carol Gluck (Columbia professor), Donald Keene (Columbia professor emeritus), and Larry Chengliang Hong (Columbia College ’17) have generously taken the time to share their reflections on Ted de Bary’s career and the influence he had on the field of Asian Studies, as well as on his students, colleagues, and friends. Please see this multi-generational memorial post here:

A tribute to Kavita Datla, 1975-2017, by Dr. Karuna Mantena

Dr Karuna Mantena of Yale University has composed the following tribute to Dr Kavita Datla.

Kavita Datla (b. April 23, 1975) passed away on July 22, 2017 in her home in Northampton MA, surrounded by family.  She had been bravely battling a rare and aggressive cancer since the fall of 2014.  


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