Wednesday, December 28, 2016

[“Multicultural Hong Kong in Celebration” Series] Africans and Football in Hong Kong

"Just as how football is a means of celebrating a pan-African identity and brotherhood, it can bridge cultural divide in Hong Kong. As a global sport, it transcends language barriers, skin colour, and cultural background. Football helps people to become “one”, in Johnny’s words, however transiently."
—Sealing Cheng

Extract from the article:

Johnny arrived in Hong Kong in 2003 from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Having been in Hong Kong for 12 years as an asylum-seeker and therefore without an HKID, Johnny has been prohibited from work, study, and volunteering. He has devoted himself to church, football, and his family (who joined him recently in Hong Kong). Approaching 40, Johnny has given up the dream of becoming a professional footballer in Hong Kong. Instead, he has led teams of African asylum-seekers and refugees to play and sometimes win in local charity games. “You must be ONE when you play football.” This is the spirit he looks for in football. 

“Why is football so important in your lives in Hong Kong?” I asked.

“It’s fun. It’s part of our life. It takes the stress away. Our community here is affected by constant mobility - people come and go all the time, We also live with a lot of uncertainty. Football takes our minds off these things. It is also good for our health!”

(Cheng 2015:56)


Want to know more about the role that football plays in the lives of African asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong? Click here to read the full text article (first published in Hong Kong Discovery Vol. 90 in Sep 2015). 

Friday, December 2, 2016

[HKAS seminar] When the Sun Sets in the Land of the Rising Sun: Psychoanalytic Theory and Sexual Behavior in Japan

Title: When the Sun Sets in the Land of the Rising Sun: Psychoanalytic Theory and Sexual Behavior in Japan
Speaker: Jermaine R. Gordon-Mizusawa (PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Date and time: 8 Dec 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui


Information on sex in Japan especially in the media is conflicting and contradictory. One image is sexualized with soaplands, enjo-kosai or compensated dating, and erotic manga; while another is of sexual repression. In 2008, Japan Today reported the lowest in frequency of weekly sex (34%) and sexual satisfaction (15%). The Guardian's Abigail Haworth in 2013 alarmingly claimed that young people in Japan have stopped having sex altogether, and Business Insider (2015) characterized Japan as experiencing “celebacy syndrome”. However, a BBC “Sex in Japan” documentary in 2008, and in 2015 a series of “special reports” on JK (Josei Culture or compensated dating with adolescent girls) by VICE News and reports in the Japan Times about “high school walking” say otherwise. 

Mr. Gordon-Mizusawa provides an anthropological and psychological analysis of sexual behavior in Japan by examining over 10 years of ethnographic interview data collected by the speaker, focusing particularly on first sexual experiences and subsequent behavior. He also looks at how Western media and academia portray sexual behavior in Japan and explores the meaning of “virginity” as a culture-bound phenomenon. Audience members will also participate in interactive activities during the talk. 

Jermaine R. Gordon-Mizusawa is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His reseach interests include first-sexual experience and sexual behavior in Japan and East Asia using person-centered ethnography, psychoanalytic interview techniques and psychoanalytic theory. He is also interested in child and human development. 

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,,

Thursday, December 1, 2016

[Upcoming Seminar] The Price of Belief: Money, Effort, and Reciprocity in Japanese New Religions

Title: The Price of Belief: Money, Effort, and Reciprocity in Japanese New Religions
Speaker: Isaac GAGNE (The University of Hong Kong)
Date and time: 2 December 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Venue: Room 11 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


This talk draws on fieldwork with new religious movements in Japan. Through a case study of two groups I look at the “price of belief” in terms of the monetary, social, and emotional efforts of members. I examine how new socioeconomic pressures on religious organizations have pushed new demands onto members to "materialize" their belief, which has also produced creative and unintended responses by members. In this process, the transvaluation of monetary and personal commitment via a materialization of belief underlies and reinforces members’ commitment while creating new webs of obligation and reciprocity. 

Isaac Gagné is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong's Department of Japanese Studies. He works on religion, morality, mental health, gender and identity in Japan.


(A light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. First come first served.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

[Alumni Sharing] How Are Anthropological Methods Useful for a Humanitarian Project Manager?

How Are Anthropological Methods Useful for a Humanitarian Project Manager?

Speaker: Justin Murgai
Venue: NAH11, CUHK
Date and Time: 30 November (Wednesday), 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Justin MURGAI is an M.A and M.Phil graduate of department of anthropology, CUHK. He is currently the Humanitarian Welfare Manager of Christian Action and supervises Center for Refugees and Center and Shelter for Migrant Domestic Workers.

At the sharing with the Anthropological Field Methods class (ANTH5020), Murgai will broadly review how anthropological field methods have been supporting him in almost every aspect of his job including understanding the minority youth, refugees and foreign domestic workers; developing programs for the targeted groups, training culturally sensitive social workers, policemen and medical practitioners, conducting research for policy advocacy; and facilitating teamwork with the diverse staff of Christian Action. Based on Murgai’s personal experience, the sharing will give the class a chance to contemplate how anthropological fieldwork methods could have a profound effects in life beyond fieldwork.


Flyer of the talk

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

[Upcoming Event] TALENTS DISPLACED: An Explosion of Rap, DJ, African drums and dance!

Department of Anthropology 

An Explosion of Rap, DJ, African drums and dance!

Come join us

2 December 2016

New Asia Concourse, 
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Event Poster

Monday, November 28, 2016

[新亞生活―老師投稿] 「木托盤上的中越風流」及「木托盤解碼」


器物之美,除了工匠的技巧和創意之餘,值得注意的首推是其社會文化價值。 自古以來,飲食器物多刻有吉祥驅邪的象徵圖案, 寓意進食的儀式意義和身體與外界的互動關係。其後大家留意器物的交換價值和身份地位的展示功能,進一步為器物之研究帶來文化建構上的思考和探討。不過,在此我要為大家介紹的木托盤,不但有其不尋常的社會經歷,而且更為我們帶來廣闊的想像空間─交錯在過去數百年的中越文化互融關係之中。」(節錄於「木托盤上的中越風流」)




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

[Upcoming Seminar] Mobile Money and Migration in Shenzhen

Title: Mobile Money and Migration in Shenzhen
Speaker: Tom McDONALD (The University of Hong Kong)
Date and time: 25 November 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Venue: Room 11 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


This talk outlines the preliminary findings of new research on the use of mobile money amongst migrant workers in Shenzhen. In a short amount of time, mobile money platforms have gone from non-existent to being seemingly ubiquitous in the city’s migrant enclaves. This talk will discuss how mobile forms of payment can provide anthropological insight on the changing relationships and behaviours of this mobile population, in addition to asking what anthropological challenges are posed by the emergence of digital money in China. 

Tom McDonald obtained his PhD from the Department of Anthropology, University College London. His first monograph, Social Media in Rural China: Social Networks and Moral Frameworks (UCL Press) details the results of 15-months of ethnographic fieldwork examining social media use in the Chinese countryside as part of the UCL Why We Post project, an ERC-funded comparative ethnographic study on the use and consequences of social media around the world. He also coauthored the comparative volume How the World Changed Social Media (UCL Press). He is currently undertaking research on Mobile Money and Migration in China.


(A light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. First come first served.)

Monday, November 21, 2016

[Announcement] Department e-Newsletter (Fall 2016)

The e-newsletter (Fall 2016) of our department has been published! Click here to catch up with us on our latest news, department events and student activities!

Department e-newsletter (Fall 2016)


Department news (P.1-4)

  • Farewell Party for Prof. Joseph Bosco
  • MA, MPhil, PhD Programmes in Anthropology—Open for Applications Now!
  • New Minor Programme
  • 2017 Summer Field Trip to Cambodia (Tentative Information)
  • Department Outreach
  • Prof. Miriam Stark's Visit to CUHK
  • Summer Field Trip 2016 Exhibition—Kiat Hun: Changes in wedding rituals and customs in Southern Taiwan
  • 2016 CUHK Orientation Day

Department Events: Overview (P.5)

Feature (P.6-7)

  • The Multiculturalism in Action Project

Student Activities (P.7)

  • 2016 Orientation Night & Orientation Camp
  • 2016 Mentorship Programme

If you have any suggestions, comments or news to share with our subscribers, feel free to contact Ms. Esther Chok at We would like to hear from you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

[Event] Made in Hong Kong · Ceramic Factory: Archaeological Exhibition of the Majestic Chemical Art Craft Manufacture in Lei Yue Mun

CUHK Anthropology Department x Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus

Made in Hong Kong · Ceramic Factory: Archaeological Exhibition of the Majestic Chemical Art Craft Manufacture in Lei Yue Mun

Opening Ceremony and Exhibition Period

Date: 26 November 2016 (Sat)
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Venue: Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus, 45 Hoi Pong Road Central, Lei Yue Mun, Kowloon, Hong Kong (*Cocktail reception will be served at 4-6pm) (Map)

Whole exhibition period: 26 November 2016 -15 Feb 2017 (Tue-Sun: 2-6pm)

In March this year, 20 undergraduate students from ANTH2730 Preserving Cultural Heritage and some research postgraduate students conducted their field trip in Lei Yue Mun under the guidance of Prof. Sharon Wong and the research topic is about preserving the Hong Kong ceramic factory site and its intangible cultural heritage- ceramic craftsmanship from Jingdezhen to Hong Kong. After the field trip, 8 undergraduate and postgraduate students were interested to be the volunteers in conducting archaeological fieldwork, artifact analysis and curating an exhibition supported by Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus and The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust. This exhibition intends to show the rise and fall of the ceramic industry in Hong Kong during the late colonial period from the archaeological perspective; multiple interpretations of ceramic “objects”: from fake antiques, handicrafts, movie props to archaeological artifacts, and how the ceramic factory play a role in the daily lives of Lei Yue Mun community and the “Hollywood of the East” during the 1960s to 1970s.

Please click the exhibition poster and invitation card for your information.

For enquiries, please contact JCLYMP (Tel: 2205 8100).

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For exhibition talk series (conducted in Cantonese), please register at:

See you at the exhibition!

Exhibition Poster

Thursday, November 10, 2016

[Upcoming Seminar] Watching Our Tongues: Scholarship on Islam In Southeast Asia in the Digital Age

Title: Watching Our Tongues: Scholarship on Islam In Southeast Asia in the Digital Age
Speaker: Saskia SCHÄFER (Freie Universität Berlin)
Date and time: 11 November 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Venue: Room 11 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


Based on empirical work on the use of online media in the self-presentation of marginalized Muslims such as Ahmadiyya and Shia, as well as atheists, in Indonesia and Malaysia, this presentation also draws on recent literature on religious freedom and on scholarship on “Cyberbalkanization” to argue for a more cautious use of categories and terms. I cast a critical view on the long history of classifying and categorising Islam in the archipelago. For instance, how can we adequately historicise the terminology disseminated by Clifford Geertz and what precautions can we develop for our own research and knowledge production? 

Saskia Schäfer completed her doctorate at the Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research has focused on contemporary public discourses on religious liberty, deviance, and factions within Indonesian and Malaysian Islam, as well as Islam and politics in Indonesia and Malaysia, discourse and media analysis, religious and political authority, secularism, public morality, and Islamic feminism.


(A light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. First come first served.)

[Gentle Reminder] The Friday Seminar by Prof. Sita VENKATESWAR, entitled "Making Millets Matter: Food Resilience in Contemporary India", scheduled on 18 Nov (Fri) has been cancelled.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

We've Started Accepting Applications for MA, MPhil, and PhD Programmes (2017/18 entry) !

Postgraduate programmes offered by the Department of Anthropology, CUHK

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Study of Culture: Cultural Diversity, Globalization, Identity, Gender,
Heritage Studies and Cultural Politics



Taught Programme 式課
MA in Anthropology 文學碩士課程
Full-time - 1 year/ Part-time - 2 years 一年全日制/兩年兼讀制

This programme is designed for people who have not majored in anthropology but wish to receive a formal education in the discipline. The programme will provide students with systematic training in anthropological theory and methodology.

Past students include:
• Teachers of Liberal Studies
• Journalists
• Marketing professionals wishing to learn about culture
• Professionals seeking a career change
• Local and non-local students interested in learning about Chinese and East Asian cultures

Application deadline 報名截止日期
1st round 第一輪: 15/01/2017
2nd round 第二輪: 28/02/2017

Tuition Fee 學費HK$99,000/year (Full-time 全日制);HK$49,500/per year (Part-time 兼讀制)

Information Session for MA programme 課程諮詢講座
Date 日期: 03/12/2016 (Sat 星期六)
Time 時間: 14:00
Venue 地點: Room 502, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong (香港中文大學康本國際學術園502)
Registration 網上登記:

Programme and application details 課程及申請資:


Research Programmes研究式課程
MPhil / PhD in Anthropology哲學碩士課程 / 哲學博士課程

In these programmes, students work closely with a supervisor in reading the literature and conducting research. This allows each student's studies to be tailored to his or her needs. Students are expected to be highly self-motivated in pursuing their anthropological training.

Application deadline 報名截止日期
01/12/2016 (Through Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 透過香港哲學博士獎學金計劃)
or 或
31/01/2017 (Through routine application to the university 透過一般大學程序)

Programme and application details 課程及申請資訊:
MPhil 哲學碩士:
PhD 哲學博士:


Department information 學系資訊:
Online application 網上申請:

Tel. 電話: (852) 3943-7670 / 3943-7677
Email 電郵:
Fax 傳真: (852) 2603-5218

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

[HKAS seminar] To Cry or Not to Cry: Grieving Tears in Contemporary Shanghai Funerals

Title: To Cry or Not to Cry: Grieving Tears in Contemporary Shanghai Funerals
Speaker: Huwy-min Lucia Liu (Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Date and time: 17 November 2016 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui


Anthropologists working on Chinese societies often treat tears of grief within the death ritual as only of minor importance if not outright irrelevant. One reason is because of the long-held importance of ritualized weeping. Out of this cultural mode, at their best, tears of grief in funerals are taken as just “empty” things that have no meaning beyond the following of convention to show filial piety. At their worst, they are taken as signs of “feudalism.” In this talk, Ms. Liu will discuss how she studies grieving tears in contemporary Shanghai funerals. She will recount several “tearful” ethnographic stories, explain when and how people should cry or should not cry in contemporary Shanghai funerals, and what the consequences are when people follow different ways of regulating tears.

Huwy-min Lucia Liu is a cultural anthropologist working as an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her current research explores, both historically and ethnographically, changing modes of governance and subject formation in China through an in depth study of the Shanghai funeral industry in the 20th and 21st centuries.

All are welcome! (Space, however, is limited to 139 seats) 

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

Friday, November 4, 2016




第一節(麥高登教授主講):10:00am – 10:30am(英語)
第二節(鄭詩靈教授主講):11:30am – 12:00noon(廣東話)
第三節(林永昌教授主講):1:30pm – 2:00pm(廣東話;亦會深入介紹考古學)
第四節(關宜馨教授主講):3:00pm – 3:30pm(英語)



時間:8:30am – 6:00pm


時間:9:00am – 5:30pm


時間:11:00am – 5:30pm


時間:3:00pm – 5:00pm



Thursday, November 3, 2016


通識沙龍2016-17「猜‧情‧尋」 第四節

愛、性與錢:一個人類學者的反思 (粵語主講 )

日期:24 / 11 / 2016 (星期四)
時間:7 - 9 pm
地點:香港中文大學 康本國際學術園 4 號演講廳

【簡介 】愛情是一見鍾情、一生一世、日久常新?是一發不可收拾的激情浪漫,充滿疾忌和佔有慾?是默默耕耘的無私奉獻,放手只為成全別人? 愛情和性又究竟有著怎樣的關係,為什麼這一配對既被追捧成神聖的結合,但又處處受盡規範,為的是什麼的理想,誰的道德,甚麼世代的秩序? 為什麼將金錢與愛情或性相提並論,便會令(某些)人磨牙切齒,有如褻瀆神靈?金錢有著什麼的力量可以沾污愛情、或是性? 這一系列對愛情、性、和金錢的觀念,也是現代性的情感體現,屬於現代社會對自我,性別、家庭,道徳、和社會秩序的再現。 鄭詩靈從人類學的跨文化和歷史角度,剖析現代人對浪漫愛情的追求,解拆「愛情」的意識形態。

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Monday, October 31, 2016

[Friday Seminar Recap] Zones, Landmarks and Spatialized Conflict in a NE Tibetan Town

Zones, Landmarks and Spatialized Conflict in a NE Tibetan Town

Date and Time: 7 Oct 2016 (Friday), 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Venue: Room 11, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK

Speaker: Mark Stevenson (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

On 7 Oct 2016, our department invited Dr. Mark Stevenson to give a talk on “Zones, Landmarks and Spatialized Conflict in a NE Tibetan Town”. His talk examined inter-ethnic relations through the lens of the making of public space in Rebkong. Given the fact that Xining, the capital of Qinghai province locates in the northern direction of this village, the government thus seems to identify the north part of the village as newer and more secular space, whereas the south of it as older and more religious (as the monastery is located in the south).

Many pictures showed during the talk spoke for themselves regarding the topic. One picture, with a statue of Tibetan Buddha standing in the local public square and with a few Tibetans kowtowed to the Buda, showed how recent a product the public space is for the locals. The speaker mentioned that there was no public square in Xining as well until around 2000. This might indicate some less-recognized inner struggle. The fact that this statue was sponsored by the government of Tianjin added even more complexity to the story. As many young Tibetans get their education in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, Tianjin is the one which embraced the largest number of Tibetan students from this town, which justifies its sponsorship. Another picture shows a group of young local Tibetan students protesting for their right of being educated in Tibetan language right by the said square. A third picture shows how the village, due to its famous Thangka artifact, is going to be designed by the government as a “development garden for art and artists” (青海熱貢藝術工業園區) which will probably attract more investment and opportunity for the locals, and at the same time, shape the cultural landscape of the valley in a profound way.

The speaker mentioned about the connection between public space and the Tibetan protest happened in 2008 as well as the public suicides of the same group happened around 2009 and 2010. Due to the public nature of the square, these suicides may be considered public events involving witnesses. The creation of new public space (such as the one with statue) means it can be used by protesters, for whom the public witness is desired. For example, the picture of protest in the square was immediately uploaded to internet during the very time and got circulated very soon. Moreover, the speaker also said that a contest for power/authority has existed between the secular and the administrative force, which can be seen from the choosing of local religious head. As “no religion in Tibet does not have a government behind it”, it is for sure that neither side can be cut clear from the other; the “connection”, as opposed to the “division” of the two, thus deserves equal attention of the investigator.

Zoe Duan
MPhil Student,
Department of Anthropology and Gender Studies Programme,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Thursday, October 27, 2016

[Upcoming Seminar] ‘No More Refugees’: Mapping the Shift in Hong Kong’s Human Rights Discourse 2015-16

Title: ‘No More Refugees’: Mapping the Shift in Hong Kong’s Human Rights Discourse 2015-16
Speaker: Justin MURGAI (Christian Action)
Date and time: 4 November 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Venue: Room 11 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


News about the global plight of refugees has become commonplace in our newspapers with over 65 million people forcibly displaced as a result of on-going conflict and persecution around the world. In Hong Kong, the number of refugees (and asylum seekers, potential victims of trafficking, etc.) stands at 11,000—a negligible fraction of the population and a mere 2% increase in numbers over the last 6 months—yet the Immigration Department has come to describe it as a “worsening influx” and a “surge”. Politicians and certain media channels have similarly adopted negative stereotyping of refugees in their election campaigns and coverage, and potentially unlawful (and dangerous) options have been presented as solutions to this “crisis”. This talk presents an overview of the change in institutional rhetoric regarding refugees and opens discussion on its influence on the lives of an already marginalized community in Hong Kong. 

Justin Murgai is an M.Phil graduate of the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now Manager, Christian Action - Humanitarian Services (Hong Kong).


(A light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. First come first served.)