Research Expertise and Interest
anthropology, transnationalism, governance, citizenship, global cities, migration, Asian biomedical science, Southeast Asia, South Asian Art
Aihwa Ong has conducted research on capitalism and cultural change in SE Asia, and the circulations of capital, people, and practices between East & SE Asia and the USA. She is interested in how technologies, politics, and ethics interact in shaping emerging sites and knowledges in Asia. Her recent work explores the socio-political implications of biomedical science in Singapore and China, and contemporary Chinese art in global venues.
She is the author of Fungible Life: Experiment in the
Ong co-edited Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics & Ethics as Anthropological Problems (2005); Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments & the Art of Being Global (2011); Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate (2010); Privatizing