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.
Victims? Con Artists? Seekers of Better Lives? A Sympathetic but Skeptical Dialogue Between an Asylum Seeker and an Anthropology Professor An anthropological discussion between Gordon MATHEWS & “John” Friday, 28 July 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui In this dialogue, “John,” a Middle Eastern asylum seeker will discuss why he had to flee his home and family, and how he happened to come to Hong Kong. He will also discuss immigration in Hong Kong, and how it treats asylum seekers, and will share how it feels to be an asylum seeker in this city. Gordon Mathews will serve as a sympathetic but also skeptical interviewer, wondering why asylum seekers come to Hong Kong, why asylum seekers are often considered "fake," and why the rejection rate is so high in Hong Kong, with fewer than 1% of asylum seekers accepted as refugees, asking questions such as “Don’t you come here just to work?” “Don’t you come here just to date Hong Kong women?” “Why should Hong Kong, with all its own problems, serve as a haven for people like you?” “If your case is rejected, what will you do? What is your future?” John and Gordon, who have been close friends for years, will engage with each other and with the audience in a wide-ranging and free-flowing discussion of the situation of asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
"John" is an asylum seeker from the Middle East who has been in Hong Kong for five years. Gordon Mathews is Vice President of the Hong Kong Anthropological Society and professor of anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong,
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.