While on a research trip to Mongolia, my friend and I got addicted to savory little dumplings called manty. We joked that we’d start a dumpling stand, and started making dumplings from around the world… but then we realized that running a food cart is a lot of work. I’ve dropped the poor career idea, but kept the name. And instead of cooking up sweet little dumplings, this blog gathers stories and ideas that I hope are just as interesting.
About the Author
My name is Celia. I work as a librarian at a university, and read, research, and write on the side. I have an MA in anthropology and MLIS in libraries, and worked internationally in Kazakhstan for three years.
Many readers come here looking for information on Kazakhstan. If that’s you, leave a comment with your email, and I’m happy to answer your questions about Astana and Almaty, or about working for schools and universities in Central Asia!
Other websites I run or edit:
I also collect artwork showing curvy women in a positive manner at Shapely Women, promote tips and tools for new data librarians at Databrarians and share anthropological ideas with a general audience at PopAnth.
I’ve had web articles published with:
- Sociological Images: The rhetoric of luck among the 99 percent (link)
- Matador Network: How to catch a street taxi in Astana, Kazakhstan (link)
- PopAnth: Would you sort knowledge with the Dewey decimal system? (link), The internet for Her: Amazon reviews as comedic genre (link)
- Savage Minds: Posts on securing, sharing, and archiving ethnographic field data (link)
This is a personal blog and doesn’t represent any other people or organizations. Like all humans, I change and have lots of different ideas and voices. If I wrote a post ten years ago, that’s not a current statement; instead, it’s a valuable reminder of how we all change over time!