Allie Kwong speaking to the Society in July 2015 on beliefs about life after death
Details of upcoming talks, to which all are welcome, and other activities are posted here. After each talk, those attending are invited to a self-paying dinner at the Chiu Chow City restaurant across the square from the Hong Kong History Museum, where discussion can be continued informally. For fuller information on the society's activities (including archived abstracts of all talks since 1996) visit the HKAS website.Versions of Candy Yu's presentation on the Manila hostage crisis and Wu Liang's on seafarers can be read on-line in the Hong Kong Anthropologist. The PowerPoint presentation of John Whelpton's January 2012 talk on Christianity in Nepalcan be downloaded from the Nepal page on his site.
Chinese Expresso:Entrepreneurship, Ethnicities and Encounters in Bologna, Italy: An anthropological talk by Grazia DENG Friday, 2 June 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Coffee bars are strongly associated with Italian urban cultures and local identity in everyday life. However, since the economic recession of 2008, Northern-Central Italy has experienced the quick expansion of Chinese entrepreneurship in the coffee bar business.
While feeling puzzled by the Chinese “invasion” of Italian culture, local residents are, reluctantly or not, learning to get used to the espresso made by the Chinese. Where do these Chinese come from? Why do they surge into the Italian coffee bar business, which seems to require a high language ability and cultural competence? How do they overcome social and cultural boundaries, while striving for business success?
Drawing from fourteen months of fieldwork in the city of Bologna, this talk will explore business and cultural strategies deployed by Chinese coffee bar owners in everyday encounters with local customers. It will further shed light on a new mode of disjuncture between economic participation and social integration, being shaped in their everyday negotiations of cultural differences and values.
Grazia DENG is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests are in Migration Studies, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of China, and Anthropology of Italy and Europe.
Following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker.
Hong Kong Anthropologist
Issues of this on-line journal, with a special emphasis on presenting the work of younger anthropologists, can be downloaded here.