Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018.

Hi folks,

I am super honoured to be named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list for Media, Marketing & Advertising.

Representing academia is your friendly neighbourhood anthropologist: “Crystal Abidin, 29, Anthropologist, Jönköping University & Curtin University”.

Browse through the full lists of lists here.

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And here is a round-up of young Singaporeans who have made the list this year. Majulah, anak anak di Singapura <3

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I will also now have to live with the consequences of these vital nuggets of information being on public record forever.

PS: Mr Dick Lee, on the off-chance you happen to be reading this, I really admire and love your body of work. (notice me, senpai (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧)

PPS: Long live the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).

/C

Academia and the refusal of overwork culture.

A culmination of events from last year led me to feel extremely devalued in academia. In response, I decided I needed to set some ground rules for myself and my career. I refuse to have my self-worth determined by academic achievement. Academia is not my life. I am a person who happens to be an academic as a vocation. And as much as I happen to really really enjoy my work, pouring hours of passion and care into it, I refuse for being an academic to be my master status.

I am a person outside of being an academic. I have a life outside of academia, outside of fieldwork, outside of the office, outside of academic socializing, and I am learning to jealously protect and defend these spaces. And to do so, I set some ground rules for myself over the Christmas break.

It has been eight weeks since then and I write this as a reflection on my new work-life balance, so to speak. To be honest, these attempts have not been without backlash, have come at the expense of other things, and have not been thoroughly successful. But as I work my way through refusing a culture of overwork in academia, I hope these fieldnotes bring encouragement or commiseration to others who are trying to do the same. Continue reading Academia and the refusal of overwork culture.

Slowing down.

Last Tuesday, in our airbnb in Adelaide where we were attending an anthropology conference, J and I mused about conference fatigue, academic precarity, and our plans for the future. And then she told me that she knows that I am ‘working very hard’ for my academic goals. I got shy and brushed it off in mock humility, then attempted to return the focus of our exchange to her.

That night I cried myself to sleep. Continue reading Slowing down.

Housekeeping transient intimacies.

I feel like my heart is being squeezed.

I am feeling a lot of things.

/I feel like Stéphane, snuggled on the mattress, holding Stéphanie’s hand, quietly drifting into lucid dreaming world, in Science of Sleep.

/I feel like Theodore, sitting in bed, half-clad in pyjamas, playing The Moon Song on the Ukelele, singing a duet with Samantha, in Her.

/I feel like Joel, laying on the ice, staring into Clementine, tearing from his eyes, relishing in her glow, before they part once more, in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Continue reading Housekeeping transient intimacies.