Wednesday, April 13, 2016

[HKAS Seminar] Environmental Consciousness in Western China

Environmental Consciousness in Western China

Speaker: Edwin Schmitt (Doctoral candidate, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)  
Date and time: 21 April 2016, 7:00 p.m. 
Venue: Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui


As with many places in the world, it is commonly assumed that environmentalism in China is associated with middle class values. By drawing from many years of ethnographic research and a social survey of 246 households, it becomes apparent that a so-called environmental consciousness in Chengdu, China is not the exclusive domain of the well-off. This lecture will examine both environmental perceptions and actions to formulate a more nuanced understanding of how urban residents in Chengdu are engaging with the non-human world in their everyday lives.

Edwin Schmitt is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His past research interests included commodification of agriculture, linkages between agricultural and religious systems, ethnic tourism and hydropower development in Southwest China. For his dissertation research he is currently conducting research on environmental consciousness in Chengdu.

Following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker.

For more information, please contact Stan Dyer on 9746 9537 or

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