Blog Post 4: 8/19/2016 – Early Rising – Hunting Island State Park

Hey there,

I’m doing very well here on Hunting Island State Park. This week was full of festivities. To start out the week, when I left the crab traps momentarily to go buy a soda, I returned to the crab pots dangling over the water. They had been tampered with and tied high up. I was slightly confused because no one had taken the pots themselves, or the crabs, but decided instead to leave them there.  I untied the knots and didn’t think much of it. As it turns out, when I was retrieving the hand truck to tote them back for the day, I ran into a ranger. I knew that there would be question regarding six commercial crab traps on a small marsh dock, so I told hi m what I was doing, and the details, and all was fine. But it turned out that someone had called the police, stating that someone was illegally crabbing on the park (it wasn’t in fact illegal, but whoever pulled them up thought so). This is just a reminder to make sure all your “Ts” are crossed and all your “Is” dotted because you never know when some disgruntled individual is going to stir with your process or project. This also serves as a reminder that people take fishing and crabbing rules seriously, I suppose for the sake of fairness.

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In Conclusion

Hello Everyone,

For my last post, I wanted to do some reflecting on the events of this summer and the progress I’ve made in my research. First off, I’d like to be honest in saying that the events of this summer made it at times very hard to pursue this research. The deaths of Philandro Castile, Alton Sterling, and Korryn Gaines, police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, and current unrest in Milwaukee, have underscored the timeliness of my research, but also made it very difficult to generate the emotional stamina necessary to examine police brutality in text and in reality. As a scholar-activist, self-care is an important skill to learn and it’s one that I’ve had to develop out of necessity this year.

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Interviewing Gaoyuan Hou: a Yi anthropologist


As I have written in my project proposal, I planned to work with Aite Gongyi throughout the summer. In my proposal, I would work with them to help enter local community and identify key informants to continue my work. But they later rejected to work with me because local government officials were giving them pressure. As a back-up plan, they introduced me to Professor Hou, a Yi anthropologist.

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