In Memoriam: F.K. Lehman (F. K. L. U Chit Hlaing), 1924-2016

Professor F.K. Lehman (F. K. L. U Chit Hlaing), renowned anthropologist and Asia scholar, wide-ranging expert on Burma and its peoples, passed away several days ago. He was professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Lehman is being widely remembered and there are surely obituaries to come. A memorial website was set up at the Center for Burma Studies which he helped found, at Northern Illinois University. It can be found via, or directly here:   

Philip A. Kuhn (1933-2016)

I have just learned the sad news that Prof. Philip Kuhn, professor emeritus of Chinese history at Harvard University, passed away a few days ago. The Fairbank Center at Harvard has posted a short obituary for him (dated February 15, 2016), with comments from some of his students and colleagues. These comments testify both to his scholarship and to his kindness, wit, and human sympathy. Another colleague, Prof.

Prof. John Legge (1921-2016)

The Sydney Morning Herald has published (on February 15, 2016) an obituary by Tony Milner of Professor John Legge, one of the pioneers of Asian Studies and Indonesia studies in Australia. A graduate of Melbourne University and Oxford, Dr. Legge joined the faculty of Monash University, where he was instrumental in establishing the Centre of South-east Asian Studies.

Prof. Nancy Abelmann, 1959-2016

Dear colleagues,

It is a sad duty to report the untimely death (on January 6) of Professor Nancy Abelmann, the Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

An obituary for Dr. Abelmann appeared today in the Champaign Illinois newspaper, the News-Gazette. From that obituary:

Prof. Asok Sen [1927–2015]: Remembering My Mentor

Prof.Asok Sen passed away in sleep on December 10, 2015. I wasn't in touch with him for quite some years now and came to know about his demise two days later from Rudrangshu Mukherjee's wholesome obituary published in one of Kolkata's leading English-language dailies, The Telegraph ["Citizen of the Republic of Letters"].

A tribute to Professor Noboru Karashima

I share with H-Asia members a note on the life and work of Professor Noboru Karashima composed by Professor  Kesavan Veluthat, a leading expert in the history of South India. It includes a valuable bibliography of Karashima’s English works. It is excerpted from a longer obituary which will shortly appear in the Indian academic journal, Social Scientist - Sumit Guha

OBITUARY: PROFESSOR NOBORU KARASHIMA (24 April 1933 – 26 November 2015)

Kesavan Veluthat

Professor of History, University of Delhi.


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