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.
Gentrifying from within: An anthropological reflection on Urban Social Change in a Chinese Megacity An anthropological talk by Non ARKARAPRASERTKUL Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Based on long-term ethnographic research in a traditional Shanghainese urban alleyway-house neighborhood (known locally as lilong), Arkaraprasertkul describes how knowledge of the global hierarchy of value encourages pragmatic local residents to foresee a different future and voluntarily gets involved in the process of urban renewal to enhance their own interests. Expanding the perspective on existing notions of gentrification, he develops the concept of “gentrification from within” to explain this unique process of social and demographic change to which the processes of capital investment and cultural reproduction are central. Unlike conventional gentrification, the original (often retired) working-class residents themselves are the key actors in the diversification of the traditional neighborhood. The incoming middle-class residents, who are the ones usually responsible for gentrification, are passive recipients of housing as commodities whereby the original residents take control of their situation through making their houses suited to middle-class tastes
Dr. Non ARKARAPRASERTKUL is Senior Lecturer in Urbanism at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. His research interests include urbanisation and development, housing and urban settlements, and anthropology of space and place. He holds a PhD and MA in Anthropology from Harvard University, MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford, and Master of Science in Architecture Studies and Urban Design Certificate from MIT.
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.