Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology (Sociocultural), The University of California, Davis | profile link
Justin Haruyama is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at University of California, Davis. His research examines the controversial presence of Chinese migrants in Africa today, with a focus on social interactions between Chinese expatriate and local Zambian communities as they come to interact in contexts of work and religion in southern Zambia.
Justin Haruyama's next project, tentatively titled History Written in Advance: The Temporal Politics of Learning Mandarin for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Zambia, examines a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses which is overwhelmingly composed of Zambians, but which nevertheless conducts its meetings exclusively in Mandarin Chinese. Learning to speak Chinese or evangelizing to the Chinese migrant community is almost unheard of among other Zambian Christians, and Haruyama investigates how the Jehovah’s Witnesses' particular approach to history and temporality prompt their unusual linguistic practices. Haruyama explores how these Witnesses' evangelizing represent a challenge to secular time (Chakrabarty 2008), and he traces the temporal horizons and world-historical practices, not to mention the pressing obligations to Jehovah God, that motivate the Witnesses to engage and interact with Chinese migrants in ways that almost no other Zambians are willing to consider.