Thursday, January 28, 2016

[The 8th Annual CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Student Forum] Transforming Asian Anthropology Imaginations & Dialogues

The 8th Annual CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Student Forum, 'Transforming Asian Anthropology: Dialogues and Imaginations' was successfully held on 22–23 January 2016. This year, we invited over 30 participants coming from different countries to present their research in the forum. Nine panels were organized, which included “Practicing Religion in Asia: Diversity and Comparison”, “Culture in Display”, “Producing Space, Consuming Culture”, “En/gendering New Subjectivities”, “Managing Health and Bodies Beyond Self”, “Negotiating Ethnic Boundaries”, “Alternative Future and Popular Protest”, “Remaking Lives in a Multifaceted Market” and “Asian Migrations: Trajectories, Meanings, Embodiments”. The wide range of topics brought forth by paper presenters gave the audience insights into different cultural phenomenon occurring across space and time relative to Asia.

Paper presenters

On the second day of the event, Dr. Nicole Constable gave a keynote speech on “Reproductive Labor at the Intersection of Three Intimate Industries: Domestic Work, Sex Tourism, and Adoption”. Her speech addressed the divergent forms of intimate and invisibilized labor undertaken by Southeast Asian migrant workers that contribute to both formal and informal economies of Hong Kong.

Dr. Nicole Constable

A field trip was also arranged for forum participants to know more about Hong Kong culture. Our postgraduate students led the participants to the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail in Fanling, in the northern areas of the New Territories. This trip highlighted the remnants of the Tang lineage and introduced participants to the clan's ancestral halls, temples, shrines, stone tablets, study halls located in both walled villages as well as other non-walled villages (tsuens).

Field trip

Last but not least, we would like to thank Dr. Nicole Constable, chairs and discussants of each panel, and all the participants who contributed to the success of this year’s forum. This forum indeed incited new dialogues and imaginations to help transform an ever-emergent Asian anthropology.

Group photo

Friday, January 22, 2016

[電台節目] 我講你信唔信

由一月十五日起,每逢星期五,新城知訊台(METROINFO FM99.7)的電台節目「我講你信唔信」(播放時間:下午六時至八時)將邀請本系的教師作嘉賓,講述有關文化、性別、飲食、以及考古等不同的話題。



Thursday, January 21, 2016

[Event] FUN with Interculturalism

Multiculturalism in Action Project will have a booth at the Art Connection Carnival on 24 January (coming Sunday!) at Shui Bin Tsuen Playground, Yuen Long. The carnival will start from 2 pm to 5 pm.

There will be an exhibition on South Asian communities in Hong Kong, and our volunteers will teach you the exciting South Asian sport - kabaddi - at 15:00 and 16:00 respectively.

We need your support! Don't miss the chance and come visit us!

Event poster

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

[PGSF8: Keynote Speech] Reproductive Labor at the Intersection of Three Intimate Industries: Domestic Work, Sex Tourism, and Adoption

Keynote Speech for 
The 8th Annual CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Student Forum:
Transforming Asian Anthropology: Imaginations & Dialogues

23 January 2016

Reproductive Labor at the Intersection of Three Intimate Industries: Domestic Work, Sex Tourism, and Adoption

Speaker: Dr. Nicole Constable
Date: 23 Jan 2016
Time: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Venue: Exhibition Zones, 1/F, An Integrated Teaching Building (AIT), School of Architecture, CUHK

Dr. Constable is currently JY Pillay Global-Asia Professor of Social Sciences at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include transnational migration and mobilities; the commodification of intimacy; gender, sexuality and reproductive labor; ethnographic writing and power.

Her geographical interests span Hong Kong, China, the Philippines and Indonesia. She has conducted fieldwork in Hong Kong on constructions of Hakka Chinese Christian identity, on resistance and discipline among Filipina and Indonesian domestic workers, and among migrant mothers. Her recent publications focused on cross-border marriages, migrant worker activism, undocumented workers, and new transnational family formations.

Her latest book is Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor (University of California Press and Hong Kong University Press, 2014), about Filipina and Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong who become mothers, and the legal and personal struggles they face regarding migrant work, intimate relationships, and parenthood.


Monday, January 18, 2016

[Event] Knowledge Enrichment Programme

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA) of CUHK collaborated with different faculties to organize the Knowledge Enrichment Programme for non-JUPAS local secondary school students on 22 December 2015. The Anthropology Department was invited by the Faculty of Arts to hold an archaeology workshop for the programme participants.

Knowledge Enrichment Programme
The workshop was facilitated by Professor Sharon Wong and our undergraduate student Saichia. Professor Wong taught the participants basic archaeological knowledge and introduced to them the archaeological features of our department.

Prof. Wong introducing archaeology to the participants
Students also had an opportunity to participate in the mini-excavation. Professor Wong first introduced to students the tools and technical terms commonly used by professionals in the field, then demonstrated to them the excavation procedures like digging, washing and handling artifacts. Saichia also introduced archaeobotany to the participants through interactive games.

Hands-on session
Saichia playing interactive games with the participants
The workshop helped students to understand that archaeology is not merely the study of remains, but is an investigation into the history, culture, and human activity of societies.     

Friday, January 8, 2016

[Upcoming Seminar] Consent in the Dark: Good Sex, Universities, and the State

"Consent in the Dark: Good Sex, Universities, and the State" 

Speaker: Professor Carole S. Vance (Columbia University)
Time*4:30p.m, 14th January 2016
Venue: LT4, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

*Light refreshment will be available at the tea-reception area outside LT1 from 4:00-4:30p.m.

Poster of the seminar

Speaker's Profile:

Carole S. Vance, MPH, PhD, teaches anthropology at Columbia University of New York, USA. She works on integrating sexuality with human rights frameworks and rights-based health interventions. She has written widely on sexuality, science, gender, and policy; policy controversies about sexual expression and imagery; and sexuality theory and research methods. For the past ten years, she has directed a program on sexuality, gender, health and human rights, which advances policy-relevant scholarship and facilitates exchange between researchers and advocates on sexual health and rights issues. Dr. Vance has extensive experience in training students from developing countries, particularly on research methods in sexuality, and the practical application of sexuality research in a range of cultural, national, and policy contexts. Dr. Vance currently is involved in research on trafficking into forced prostitution, also known as sex trafficking, with particular focus on the ways in which ethnographic research can inform policy, as well as health and rights interventions. Dr. Vance edited the landmark collection, Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality, and is completing the edited volume, Ethnography and Policy: What Do We Know about Trafficking?, with publication in 2007. In 2005, Dr. Vance received the David R. Kessler Award for lifetime contributions to studies of sexuality.

All interested are welcome!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

[Pakistani Culture Workshop] Ethnic Minority Enterprise and Social Innovation

Multiculturalism in Action Project presents a public seminar on Ethnic Minority Enterprise and Social Innovation. Speakers include Mrs. Arjumand Naveed, President of the Pakistan Women Association of Hong Kong, Mrs. Nigar Qureshi, Winner of HKMVC Award 2016, and Mr. Yasir Naveed, Founder of Chefo!. They will share their experiences on starting/running a business and social enterprise, and how these are personal achievements as well as empowerment for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. We also have Ms. Ada Wong, JP, Convener of The Good Lab, to talk about social innovation.

Please join us in this discussion at The Pakistan Club, on Saturday 16 January, 2016, at 2:30pm. Admission is free. All interested are welcome!! Due to limited seats, please register at by 14 January, 2016.

Seminar Poster