The 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2017)


Session 58. Broadening Forensic Anthropology: Bringing East and Southeast Asia to the Forefront. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Matthew C. Go, Sean D. Tallman Co-organizers: Matthew C. Go

April 22, 2017 , Studio 6 Add to calendar

While forensic anthropology has expanded considerably in its theoretical and methodological scope as a discipline, it is nevertheless limited by an over-reliance on data from North America and Europe. Current methods largely developed from American skeletal collections that were established in the late 19th to early 20th centuries have become standards in forensic anthropology. However, it is unlikely that these methods developed on individuals of African, European and Native American descent can be accurately applied to worldwide populations. This is especially true when considering the wide range of human skeletal variation and the increasingly diverse biocultural demographics that exist in modern metropolises globally. In particular, Asian individuals make up approximately 60% of the global population, and East and Southeast Asia represent two of the largest sources of contemporary diasporic communities (approximately 6% of U.S. and 8% of Canadian populations); however, such groups are significantly underrepresented in forensic anthropological literature. Additionally, mass disasters, human rights violations, and armed conflict further necessitate the need for Asian-specific biological profile methods. The increasing number and availability of skeletal collections throughout Asia enables the development of forensic anthropological methods for these understudied populations, thereby addressing this mismatch between classic standards and the call for more representation from East and Southeast Asia.

This symposium aims to highlight the diverse research on modern human skeletal variability in East and Southeast Asia that is ameliorating this problematic research gap. Thematic contributions include: the investigation of understudied collections in East and Southeast Asia; the establishment of novel and vital collections; the development of population-specific methods; and the evaluation and applicability of existing techniques. Taken together, these papers push forward the boundaries of current forensic anthropology theory, method, and practice by creating a more inclusive discipline that better reflects modern global demographics and better benefits local and global communities.

Discussant: Hallie R. Buckley
1 Add to calendar Building an osteological reference collection of modern Filipino individuals. Matthew C. Go, Amanda B. Lee, Rebecca Crozier.
2 Add to calendar A large modern Southeast Asian skeletal collection from Thailand. Nawaporn Techataweewan, Panya Tuamsuk, Yanyong Toomsan, Malivalaya Namking, Pattama Amarttayakong, Somsiri Ratanasuwan, Nancy Tayles.
3 Add to calendar Visual Versus Algorithmic Pair-Matching in a Modern Filipino Population. Amanda B. Lee, Jana Santos, Nikki Vesagas, Matthew C. Go.
4 Add to calendar Cranial and Pelvic Nonmetric Sexual Dimorphism in Modern Japanese and Thai Individuals. Sean D. Tallman.
5 Add to calendar Sex Estimation from the Scapula in a Contemporary Thai Population. Shelby E. Scott, Tanya R. Peckmann, Susan Meek, Pasuk Mahakkanukrauh.
6 Add to calendar Sex estimation from dental crown and cervical metrics in a contemporary Japanese sample. Donovan Adams, Marin Pilloud, Diana Malarchik, Chelsea Arce.
7 Add to calendar Understanding population-specific age estimation using documented Asian skeletal samples. Jieun Kim.
8 Add to calendar Validity of Post-Mortem Age Estimation Using the Tooth Cementum Annulations in Northeastern Thai Adults. Panya Tuamsuk, Pimpong Suwanathada, Patimaporn Pungchanchaikul, Nongnuch Kanharat, Nawaporn Techataweewan.
9 Add to calendar A numerical scoring system for estimation of age-at-death via visual analysis of the pubic symphysis, modelled after the Brooks & Suchey (1990) phasing method, using a Thai population. Alice E. Brown, Pasuk Mahakkanukrauh.
10 Add to calendar Stature Estimation from the Calcaneus and Talus in Japanese Individuals. Atsuko Hayashi, Paul D. Emanovsky, Thomas D. Holland.
11 Add to calendar Ancestry estimation in Asian and Asian-derived populations using dental morphology. Rebecca L. George, Marin A. Pilloud, Jorge Gómez-Valdés.
12 Add to calendar Using the Digitized Cranial Angle Method for Ancestry Estimation in American Black, American White, and Japanese Individuals. Jiro Manabe.
13 Add to calendar Craniometric Variation in the Modern Thai Population: Forensic Applications and Population History Implications. Laurel Freas, Pasuk Mahakkanukrauh, Karnda Vichairat, Panya Tuamsuk, Apichat Sinthubua.
14 Add to calendar Examining Japanese and Hispanic Morphological Similarities Using Geometric Morphometrics. Beatrix Dudzik.