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.
Aftershocks: The Political Effects of Earthquakes in Nepal
An anthropological lecture by John WHELPTON
Friday 5 July at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Earthquakes, like other natural disasters, have effects on societies which go beyond the loss of life and the physical destruction caused. This issue is addressed in Andrew Robinson’s Earth Shattering Events (2016), with case studies including the Lisbon disaster of 1755 and the Tianjin earthquake of 1976 and also in Edward Simpson’s The political biography of an Earthquake, which deals with the 2001 Gujarat disaster. The 1934 earthquake that devastated the Kathmandu Valley, precipitated a purge within the ruling Rana family and the handling of the relief operation contributed to discontent within the army during WWII. The 2015 earthquake led to the fast-tracking of a new, controversial constitution for Nepal, which largely ignored the demands for an ethnically-based federal structure. The talk looks at these two episodes and more briefly at earthquakes in 1833 and 1988, concluding that the similarities of response of internal and external on each occasion are not as strong as first appears but that the disasters did hasten the pace of change
John WHELPTON is an honorary research associate of the Catholic Studies Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is also a member of London University’s SWAY project, investigating the 2015 and earlier earthquakes. His publications on Nepal include A History of Nepal (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and `The Limits of Nationalism: Political Identity in Nepal and the British Isles’ (European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 2018, available at https://linguae.weebly.com/limits-of-nationalism.html)
Attendance is free and 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.