Here is an article about a Canadian eugenicist: "‘Anglo-Canadian Futurities’: Watson Kirkconnell, scientific racism, and cultural pluralism in interwar Canada," Settler Colonial Studies 10, no. 2 (February 2020): 234-256, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2201473X.2020.1726148
Today, National Public Radio broadcast a story regarding musicologist Chris Herbert, who has been conducting research on music at the Ephrata Cloister in Pennsylvania. Herbert is also recording some of the music composed at Ephrata. Please follow the link to the story:
In The Guardian today are two articles about the resignation of one of Boris Johnson's new advisors, Andrew Sabisky, based on earlier eugenic-based remarks that Sabisky had made:
I'm in Guangzhou, the third-biggest city in China, which is sometimes better known by its Portuguese name (Canton). We are about 1000 km south of Wuhan and about 100 km to the west of Hong Kong. City life is pretty quiet these days. That's mostly because Spring Festival (lunar New Year) has been extended. Like many cities in China, a lot of Guangzhou's population live here for work, but they have another city they call their hometown. So, they had already headed home a week or so before the holiday and before the news broke.
Taipei -with 10 reported "Wuhan virus" cases as of 1 February in Taiwan, I'd say about 60-70% of people on Taipei's streets are wearing face masks, 80-90% on buses, and near 100% on the subway. Demand is definitely greater than supply, despite an export ban. The government is trying to be reassuring and also crack down on rumors (e.g., such-and-such a hospital secretly has cases). Public buildings such as post offices have put out alcohol sprays in their entrances, but hand-spraying is not required. The collective memory of SARS is definitely strong.
I'm in Beijing, which is certainly on the quiet side, but nothing like a ghost town.
About half of the shops are closed, which I suspect is due partially to the fact that workers would have gone home for the New Year, and have not yet come back. Most big businesses have delayed reopening, some with pay, some without.
I'm in Suzhou. University is off-limits for anyone but staff and the students still staying there. A lot of colleagues with foreign passports have already left China. The ones remaining stay inside their apartments. Food is available, and delivery still works.
I’m in Singapore. Our university has evicted graduate student residents from graduate hall and used the premise for quarantine. Government issued new regulations banning travellers on a Wuhan/Hubei-issued Chinese passports from entering Singapore from 12 PM, January 28, 2020.
Dear H-Asia colleagues,
Would anyone like to use this platform to share news about how coronavirus and related containment policies are actually playing out, either in Asia or on campus (or both)?
Here are three articles from the MIT Technology Review about He Jiankui and his paper where he claimed to have created gene-edited twins:
"Why the paper on the CRISPR babies stayed secret for so long": https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614761/nature-jama-rejected-he-jiankui-crispr-baby-lulu...