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.
Japan, Ink: Exploring the Tattoo Stigma in Japan An anthropological talk by John SKUTLIN Friday, 15 September 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui As tattoos have become more commonplace in the U.S., Europe, and now Japan, why does a stigma exist in Japan, how is it changing, and how/why do individuals choose to decoratively modify their bodies in the face of such negative attitudes and discrimination?
This talk will explain how the constantly shifting perceptions of tattooing in Japan are the result of a swirling confluence of discourses that both challenge and reinforce the prevailing views of the practice in Japan as criminal or anti-social.
It reveals how individuals are highly cognizant of the vastly differing social norms of tattooing in Japan and abroad, and how they strategically adapt to, conform to, or reject such norms while walking the line between deviance and acceptability and pushing the boundaries of how one can modify the body in Japan.
Dr. John M. SKUTLIN is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the CUHK Department of Japanese Studies.
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.