Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Sienna Craig — The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York

Friday, October 1, 2021

1:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St

Sienna Craig, a Brown University Alumn, is a professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. Her work is inspired by the worlds of healing across culture, the meanings people ascribe to illness, and the social lives of medicines. Her work is also attuned to how people navigate processes of migration and social change. Craig is engaged in work on women's and children's health and global health. Her research takes her to the Nepal Himalaya and Tibetan regions of China, as well as to diasporic communities from these regions now living in the United States.  

About the Book:
For centuries, people from Mustang, Nepal, have relied on agriculture, pastoralism, and trade as a way of life. Seasonal migrations to South Asian cities for trade as well as temporary wage labor abroad have shaped their experiences for decades. Yet, more recently, permanent migrations to New York City, where many have settled, are reshaping lives and social worlds. Mustang has experienced one of the highest rates of depopulation in contemporary Nepal―a profoundly visible depopulation that contrasts with the relative invisibility of Himalayan migrants in New York.