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

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