Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Call for participants and volunteers: ICONIC Mums Program!

The Multiculturalism in Action Project (MIA) is launching a new intercultural program called ICONIC Mums Program, aiming at bringing women of different ethnic backgrounds together. The training workshops in July/August will enhance their multicultural knowledge, individual development, and mutual empowerment. Participants will then form groups to plan and implement community-based projects, which will further disseminate appreciation of cultural diversity and will inspire a new round of social innovation among different ethnic communities in Hong Kong.

We are now recruiting participants and volunteers for the program. All are welcome! The online registration form could be accessed here

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Connie Lee at lee-connie@cuhk.edu.hk or 3943 7716.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Programme Exploration Days for JUPAS Applicants 2017

On May 16, 2017, we held an Anthropology Programme Exploration Day for around twenty 2017 JUPAS applicants. 

Prof. Sealing Cheng gave a talk on anthropology and introduced some classic questions: What is culture, and what is nature? What is normal, and what is strange? 

Prof. Wengcheong Lam introduced the Minor in Archaeology programme, after which, with the assistance of our RA Saichia and postgraduate student Gabriela, students got some hands-on experience in the demonstration session. 

Undergraduate student representatives Anson and Claudia also helped to answer questions from students. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Internship Opportunity at The Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

Internship opportunity at The Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan in the coming summer! For details, please refer to the requirement document. To apply, please contact Dr. Wengcheong Lam.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Multiculturalism in Action Project was invited to participate in the Hong Kong “Belt & Road” Friendly Basketball Tournament 多元文化行動計劃獲邀參與香港“一帶一路”籃球友誼聯賽

The Multiculturalism in Action (MIA) Project was invited to take part in the Hong Kong “Belt & Road” Friendly Basketball Tournament organized by the Silk Road Economic Development Research Centre. This Tournament aimed to encourage cultural exchange, and develop a better understanding of cultural diversity along the Belt and Road. There were eight teams competing in total, including the Cambodian, Malaysian, Pakistani, and Russian etc. MIA’s Multicultural Team consisted of Bangladeshi, Chinese, and Sri Lankan members. They played the Nepali Team on 11 April, 2017, at the St. James’ Settlement Multi-Purpose Indoor Basketball Court, Wan Chai. 

The Nepali Team won the game, and both teams had a great time as players enjoyed the intercultural interaction and friendship with team members. We believe that sports, which requires team work and mutual trust, is always a good way to enhance intercultural experience and social integration. 

多元文化行動 (MIA) 計劃獲邀參加由絲綢之路經濟發展研究中心主辦的香港“一帶一路”籃球友誼聯賽。是次聯賽目的為鼓勵文化交流和加深市民對一帶一路地區文化多元的理解。比賽共有八支參賽隊伍,包括柬埔寨隊、馬來西亞隊、巴基斯坦隊及俄羅斯隊等等。MIA贊助的「多元文化隊」由孟加拉裔、華裔及斯里蘭卡裔球員組成。我們在2017年4月11日在灣仔聖雅各福群會多用途室內籃球場迎戰尼泊爾隊。


Prof. Maria Tam (middle) and the Multicultural Team

Team captains of the Multicultural Team (left) and the Nepali Team (right) exchanging souvenirs

The match in progress 賽事進行中

The Multiculturalism in Action Project is a knowledge-transfer project launched by Prof. Maria Tam in 2013, aiming at involving different ethnic origins in Hong Kong to make a change together. We believe that cultural knowledge and sensibility are the basis to ending multiple marginalization of ethnic communities. We value: 1) partnership among different ethnic communities; 2) mutual empowerment through intercultural experiences; and 3) sustainability of intercultural education over time. Please visit our website http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/knowledge-transfer/multiculturalism-in-action/index.html to learn more about our work, and view our documentary “Intercultural Hong Kong Series: Feeling south Asian” at https://youtu.be/PA5YGEdKuAc

多元文化行動計劃是在2013年由譚少薇教授開展的知識轉移計劃。目的是讓香港的不同族群一起通過合作去改變社會現狀。我們認為提高大眾的跨文化知識和敏感度是解決少數族裔被多種邊緣化的基礎,並通過以下方式實現: 一)在不同族群之間建立夥伴計劃;二)通過跨文化體驗相互充權;三)可持續的跨文化教育。請瀏覽我們的網站http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/knowledge-transfer/multiculturalism-in-action/index.html認識更多有關我們的工作。你亦可到https://youtu.be/PA5YGEdKuAc 觀看我們的紀錄片 《跨文化香港系列:南亞心。情》。

Intercultural Hong Kong Series: Feeling South Asian 跨文化香港系列:南亞心。情

In 2013, Prof. Siumi Maria Tam launched the Multiculturalism in Action Project, with an aim to raise awareness of the ethnic and cultural diversity in Hong Kong. Focusing on the South Asian communities (Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan), some of the most socially marginalized groups in the city, and believing in the power of cultural knowledge and hands-on experience, her group tried to enhance ethnic sensibility through partnership, mutual empowerment, and sustainability.

This short film features cultural practices of the South Asian groups and the challenges they face in religion, education, and healthcare. The film points out the importance of intercultural education if Hong Kong is to live up to its name as a metropolis, and shows that it is both learnable and practicable.

The film can be accessed at https://youtu.be/hoYvNhSJu14.



你可以瀏覽https://youtu.be/hoYvNhSJu14 觀看影片。


Thursday, April 13, 2017

[Event] Final Year Project (FYP) Forum 2017

Poster of the FYP Forum 2017

The FYP Forum is a platform for undergraduate students to present their final year research projects on a topic of their choice. In the project, students would demonstrate their ability in applying concepts, theories and skills they have learnt in their years of anthropology study. This year, the forum will be held on Apr 25, 2017 (Tuesday) at 2pm–6pm at Room 12, Humanities Building, CUHK

Apart from the student presentations, we have also invited Ms Winsome Lee, our MA graduate, to give a keynote speech on "Skeletons In the Closet: From forensic anthropology to blogging". All interested are welcome! (Undergraduate students of other years are recommended to attend the forum since it can give them better understanding of their capstone course and inspire them of more anthropological research topics.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


East Asian Anthropological Association 
Annual Meeting 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong 
14-16 October 2017

The East Asian Anthropological Association is a scholarly association of teachers and students of anthropology based in East Asia and engaged in anthropological work on East Asia. It has its conferences in China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan in recent years. Its upcoming meeting will be in Hong Kong 14-16 October 2017. We hope that you will propose a panel or an individual paper for this conference. You do not need to be a member of EAAA at present in order to submit a panel or paper; you become a member automatically by attending this conference.     
Please fill out a EAAA panel proposal or EAAA individual paper proposal, which will require an abstract from you in English. (We regret making English the conference’s language, but because of the prohibitive expense of hiring simultaneous translators, this is necessary.) You can submit either a panel proposal, which should have 3-6 participants speaking on a common topic, or an individual paper proposal, which is your paper alone. Individual paper proposals we will subsequently organize into panels. Submitted panels have a somewhat better chance of being accepted for the conference than individual papers. Panels that cross national boundaries rather than only dealing with one society are preferred, but we realize that such panels may not always be possible. 

If you cannot access the online forms, please complete the attached panel or paper proposal form and send it to eaaa.hk.2017@gmail.com by 1 May 2017. The program committee will make its decisions by 15 May, and will then send out acceptance notices, conference registration forms, and payment instructions to all participants. 

The conference will be held on 14-15 October at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, followed on 16 October by a tour of interesting Hong Kong places.  Registration will be US$100, and participants will pay for their own lodging. We will arrange lodging at a CUHK guesthouse (for which there are limited spaces), or at the Hyatt hotel; you will have the chance to choose which of these you would prefer. We will provide lunches and dinners and refreshments at the conference. For more details, please visit http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/EAAAconf/index.html.

We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong in October! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[ I·CARE Film Festival 2017 博群電影節] Sunday Beauty Queen 周日皇后

This year's I·CARE Film Festival has invited Dr. Ju-chen Chen to be the post-screening speaker for the film "Sunday Beauty Queen". Highlighting the subjectivity of the Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, this film shows us the dreams and life of these workers through their participation in a beauty pageant.

Sunday Beauty Queen

2016|Philippine|94 min|
In English & Filipino with English subtitles 
Director: Baby Ruth Villarama

When it comes to weekend streetscape in Hong Kong, the little makeshift havens put up by the Filipino maids in Central are likely to spring to mind. Leaving their country at a young age for a better livelihood, they strike the most of us as menial workers who crowd together on holidays. Who cares who they are, what their dreams are…? As director Villarama delves into their world, she finds out that some of them are busy getting ready for a beauty pageant. Their beauty eludes most Hong Kongers, but not Villarama and the jurors at the Busan International Film Festival, South Korea. Show time for our Cinderellas!

Date: 23 March 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 6:45pm
Venue: Room103, Y.C. Liang Hall
Post-screening Discussion Speaker: Chen Ju Chen (Lecturer, Department of Anthropology)
Language: English

Chen Ju Chen
Chen is a Lecturer of the Department of Anthropology in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interest includes anthropology of China, globalization, urban studies, social differences, labor migration, gender, consumption and mass media.

Click HERE for details.







[Multiculturalism in Action Project 2016-2017] Participating in UNESCO 5th Peacemakers’ Cultural Celebration

The Multiculturalism in Action Project (MIA) participated in the 5th Peacemakers’ Cultural Celebration organized by UNESCO Hong Kong Association on 18 February, 2017 at the Hong Kong Science Park. The program aimed to enhance intercultural dialogues and cultural discovery to engender harmony and mutual understanding. More than 3,000 people joined the event, and there were booths and performances showcasing different religions and cultures.

Exhibition booth and volunteers of MIA

MIA brought its Exhibition on South Asian Communities in Hong Kong, with a special focus on Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan communities in Hong Kong. Visitors of various ethnic backgrounds were attracted. Publications such as Exhibition Handbooks, pamphlets, and leaflets were distributed free of charge.

MIA publications

The Exhibition is now available for schools, social service organizations, public libraries and other interested parties to lend out free of charge! It is accompanied by the Exhibition Handbooks and pamphlets in eight languages (Bengali, Chinese, English, Hindi, Nepalese, Sinhalese, Tamil, and Urdu). Please contact the Research Assistant, Connie Lee (lee-connie@cuhk.edu.hk), to discuss collaboration, such as public lectures and community exhibition, and/or other possibilities.

Friday, March 10, 2017

[Other Activities] Talks organized by Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar has invited Dr. Gordon Mathews and Dr. Chen to give talks on 28 March 2017! Those who are interested can purchase tickets at their website

China's Little Africa: Stories of the African Diaspora in Guangzhou
By Dr. Gordon Mathews

Date and Time: 28 March 2017 (Tue), 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Orange Peel 2/F, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street Central, Hong Kong Island
Details / Ticket purchase: http://www.rtbevent.com/gordon-mathews

The megacity of Guangzhou is China’s most multicultural city today, and it is home to the largest concentration of Africans in the region - many of them entrepreneurs, merchants, and traders. Unlike the majority of foreigners working in China, Africans often seek to stay, marrying a Chinese wife and making Guangzhou their home. However, the country’s lack of citizen rights for African husbands and its racial prejudice prompt a recurring question: Will they ever be fully accepted - not as foreigners but as legitimate residents of China?

In this talk, Gordon Mathews will explore the business, personal, and romantic relationships between the Africans and Chinese as they pursue low-end globalization in Guangzhou.


Gordon Mathews is a professor in Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the author of “What Makes Life Worth Living?”, “Global Culture / Individual Identity”, “Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation”, “Ghetto at the Centre of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong”, as well as his forthcoming book, “The World in Guangzhou: Africans and Other Foreigners in South China's Global Marketplace”, upon which this talk is based.

Gordon is well-known for his expertise on Chungking Mansions, low-end globalization, and the African diaspora in Guangzhou. His work has been featured by key international publications like CNN, CNBC, BBC, The Economist, and the South China Morning Post.

* This talk will be delivered in English.



非洲人跟其他在中國工作的外國人不同,他們大多選擇在當地覓偶,落地生根。不過, 非裔丈夫在中國缺乏公民權利並受種族歧視, 引致一個周而復始的問題:他們終會有被完全接納為中國居民而非外國人的一天嗎?

Gordon Mathews 會在此講探索中非人民在廣州追尋低端經濟全球化時建立的各種商業、個人以致情侶關係。



Sunday Catwalks and Hong Kong's Filipino Beauty Pageants
By Dr. Ju-chen Chen

Date and Time: 28 March 2017 (Tue), 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Rula Bula G/F, 58-62 D'Aguilar Street Central, Hong Kong Island
Details / Ticket purchase: http://www.rtbevent.com/juchen-chen

In Hong Kong, Filipinos are often homogenized and stigmatized as domestic workers who live without purpose beyond remitting money home. But every Sunday, they gather at friends’ birthday parties, engage in church services, attend association board meetings, and more. Interestingly, many even go on stage to compete in beauty pageants.

In this talk, Ju-chen Chen will bring us to the forefront of understanding individual aspirations - such as receiving a college education or working overseas as a maid - in the broader context of the Philippines’ class structure, colonial legacy, and global exodus.

Dive into the discourse of modernization and the impact of a global capitalist institution through the lens of Filipino beauty pageants in Hong Kong.


Ju-chen Chen is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on migrant workers (mingong) in China and foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. She is particularly interested in exploring relationships between the experiences of migration and the realization of motherhood and womanhood.

Since 2011, Ju-chen has been doing ethnographic research on the Filipino community in Hong Kong and has been invited to be a judge at several Filipino Beauty Pageants, including Miss Pinoyshot Princess and Top Model Queen.

Ju-chen holds a PhD degree in Anthropology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

*This talk will be delivered in English | One drink minimum




讓我們在認識菲籍傭人選美的同時, 看Ju-chen如何深入剖析現代化話語, 以及全球資本市場帶來的影響。