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.
Finding Alternatives to Urban Living: Hands-on Food Growing in Hong Kong An anthropological talk by Hao-Tzu HO Friday, 24 March 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Farming activities in the city are often regarded as individual preferences. However, social and political-economic contexts might actually play an important role. This study explores the implications of the emergence of urban food growers by focusing on young farmers in Hong Kong, a densely populated capitalist city with high cost of living.
This research finds out that young farmers are motivated by reflections upon urban lifestyle. They discuss issues of human-environment relationship, community, local food and self-sufficient living. Despite low financial rewards, they adopt various strategies to establish ways of living which they think are meaningful, enjoyable and moral.
Nevertheless, young farmers often encounter difficulties which prevent them from beginning an alternative lifestyle or making it sustainable. Paying attention to the contexts that they are dealing with, this paper reexamines the value of economic incentive, and reconsiders the tension between individual agency and social structure.
Hao-Tzu HO is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Durham University and a visiting doctoral researcher at Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. Her current research focuses on urban development and alternative food networks.
Following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker.
Organic and non-GM corn, grown in Hong Kong.
Medical Doctors Savaged to Death in China: Whose Fault? An anthropological talk by Cheris Shun-ching CHAN Thursday, 27 April 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
On March 23, 2012, a medical resident in Harbin, north China, was stabbed to death by an angry young patient. More recently on May 5, 2016, a stomatologist in Guangdong was stabbed to death by a middle-aged patient. These were, unfortunately, not isolated incidents. Physical violence against doctors in mainland China has been happening every year throughout the past decade.
A study published as early as 2008 found that more than half of the surveyed medical professionals reported having been verbally abused, and 3.9 percent physically assaulted, by patients in the past year. How can we explain patients’ escalating dissatisfaction with medical professionals and the tension between doctors and patients? In this presentation, I explore the causes and offer an initial analysis of the problem. I describe how the corporatization of public hospitals in China has resulted in a blatant conflict of interests and mutual distrust between doctors and patients.
At the same time, while patients are increasingly aware of their rights and lifting their expectations on medical professionals, the Chinese health insurance system imposes a number of constraints on the professional autonomy of doctors, forcing them to select profitable patients and treat patients unequally. These institutional problems have made doctors the scapegoat for patients’ frustrations and anger.
Cheris Shun-ching CHAN is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include culture, economic practices, healthcare, globalization, new social movements, and Chinese societies. Following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker.
Following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the spe
Hong Kong Anthropologist
Issues of this on-line journal, with a special emphasis on presenting the work of younger anthropologists, can be downloaded here.