About Us

“Transnational” has become a popular adjective of late, as companies, organizations, and activist groups now commonly extend and operate across national boundaries. But for scholars, the term arose almost 100 years ago and has developed variations in use. The words “Transnational” or “Transnationalism” refer to a technique or strategy for study that draws attention to the aspects of human society that exist or move across and outside of national boundaries and identities. These aspects often get overlooked, since researchers frequently become experts in a specific country or geographical area. For this reason, this podcast – TransAsia & the World – provides a venue for scholars and listeners alike to consider the region of Asia from various country-specific angles, while always keeping in mind transnational relationships.

The TransAsiaPod team of editors is made up of History graduate students from UW-Madison who study Asia-related subfields. We all take turns leading interviews, editing audio files, updating the website, and serving as Editor-in-Chief for a podcast series. In this way, we learn how to use all the pertinent podcasting technologies as well as in how to present history for the general public (i.e. outside of university settings.)

Contact Us

Have comments regarding the podcast, audio, or website? Interested in hearing a series on a specific topic or sharing your research with us?

Email us at transasiapod@gmail.com.

Current Editors

(Founding Editor, Online Administration)

A PhD candidate at UW, Sam studies cultural history of postwar Japan, particularly the relationship between ideas of gender and political economy. His dissertation seeks to explain the ways that the ideology of Japanese manhood, as seen in masculine consumer culture, was essential to the longevity of high growthism in Japan between 1955 and 1989.

(Founding Editor, Website Development)

A PhD Candidate at UW, Joy studies South Asian American history, particularly the ways South Asian émigrés navigated transnational belonging alongside national demands & participation during the early Cold War. Her work also draws upon her MA studies in 20th century Indian history, reflecting upon the Indian diaspora’s connection to the country of India itself.

(Founding Editor, Editor-in-Chief)

A PhD Candidate at UW, Galen studies the history of science and technology in modern China. His dissertation explores how modern China reclaimed and popularized the “four great inventions” of the Western world: paper, printing, gunpowder and the compass.

(Founding Editor, Online Administration)

A recent PhD graduate of UW’s East Asian History program, Evan studies early 20th century commodity culture in China, particularly that of the soybean industry.

A PhD Candidate at UW, Phil studies colonial and independent Philippine history. His dissertation studies the commodity history of coconut oil in Southeast Asia, including the political conflict that developed around control of Philippine coconut production.

Check out Phil’s article for EdgeEffects: “Coconuts – Catalysts for Conflict”