Tribute: Donald M. Lowe

Asian Studies Scholar, Social Theorist, Marxist Historian

Author: David Roediger


The distinguished Asian Studies scholar, social theorist, and Marxist historian Donald M. Lowe died in Houston on 29 July 2009 at the age of eighty. Born in Shanghai in 1929, Lowe spent a refugee childhood in Hong Kong, Burma, Yunnan, and Calcutta, he and his family fleeing Japanese imperialism. He arrived in the United States as a teenager in 1945. In the United States he attended Williston Academy, Yale University, University of Chicago, and University of California, Berkeley. Lowe was an early proponent of the phenomenology of Albert Schutz as a historiographical method, an initiative that caught the eye of Hayden White, among others.

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December 2009
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