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 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
I’m an academic librarian and enjoy researching personal names, Central Asia, and social and cultural economics on the side. I have a master’s in anthropology and another in librarianship, and worked internationally as a librarian in Kazakhstan for three years.
Many of you come to this blog looking for information on Kazakhstan. Leave a note with your email, and I’m happy to answer questions about schools and universities in Almaty and Astana, if I can!
I collect artwork showing curvy women in a positive manner at Shapely Women, promote data librarians at Databrarians and share anthropological ideas with a general audience at PopAnth. My web publications include:
- The rhetoric of luck among the 99 percent (Sociological Images)
- How to catch a street taxi in Astana, Kazakhstan (Matador Network)
- The internet for her: Amazon reviews as comedic genre (Pop Anth)
- Securing, sharing, and archiving ethnographic field data (Savage Minds/Anthrodendum)
- Selling dreams of the good life in Kazakhstan (Sapiens)
Note: This is a personal blog and doesn’t represent any other people or organizations. I’m well aware that professional contacts can find my personal writing, but this isn’t intended as a professional portfolio. Like all humans, my ideas and perspectives change over time and in different contexts. Older posts are not a current statement, but I’ve kept them here as a valuable reminder of how we change over time!