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

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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).

For online R.S.V.P., please sign up at

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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