Sonia Ryang is T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies. Ryang currently holds a National Science Foundation grant researching North Korea and anthropology of totalitarianism. This project attempts practicing anthropological research in a society where a researcher is prohibited from conducting ethnographic fieldwork. By revisiting the American cultural anthropological tradition of Study of Culture at a Distance, mostly practiced during the height of the Cold War, Ryang is exploring a mixed-method approach to study a closed society (North Korea, in this case) by deploying anthropological logic.
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