Tyentyen Chen

Tyentyen is a 4th year double major in Social-Cultural Anthropology and History, who recently just finished her final credit during a Summer Abroad course in Berlin. She is looking forward to graduating in the Fall and the freedom this next step will provide for her to pursue other avenues and interests outside of school. Tyentyen has been with the Body Online Lab since its inception and has presented at the Biennial Society for Cultural Anthropology’s first digital conference, Displacements 2018, along with her fellow Body Online members. Her research interests include issues such as the intersections and interactions of class, colonialism, and capitalism with contemporary world experiences and historical memory. She is interested in understanding how historical trajectories and History work to shape our contemporary world, while exploring the consequences and shock-waves of past and ongoing events through the examination of lived experiences worldwide. Her current Body Online project takes these engagements and applies them to modern food trends online and how fashion, food, and lifestyle mix with aspirations for social mobility, individualism, and entrepreneurship to produce these online spaces—and why on these digital spaces in particular. As lab coordinator in 2018-19, she helped to design this website (TBO) and continues to support lab activities, peer mentoring, and workshopsAside from school, Tyentyen loves food, cooking, eating, tea, Chinese calligraphy and literature, reading, and spending lots and lots of time with her family. If you’re lucky, you may even find her playing her highland bagpipes!

Tyentyen Chen