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.
The Ethics of Prohibition: Islam, Secularism and the Ban on Alcohol in a Chinese Muslim Town
An anthropological talk by Ruslan YUSUPOV Friday, 6 July at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
In early 2014, when the Chinese social media public saw pictures of Yunnan Hui ethnic minority Muslims successfully banning the sale and consumption of alcohol on the scale of whole town, they condemned the practice as illegal and demanded an immediate intervention of the state. In this talk, I will first examine pious Hui Muslims’ specific engagement with the divinely forbidden substance to understand the role religious prohibition plays in living the way of life called Islam. I will then turn to the online hysteria surrounding the ban to explore how and why such a form of life was rendered unintelligible to common sense and incommensurable with law. In doing so, I bring into focus some underlying assumptions about religion, taboo, danger and Islam that inform secular perceptions of religious practices such as this ban.
Ruslan YUSUPOV is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He spent two years doing fieldwork among the Chinese Hui Muslims and is currently finishing writing his thesis.
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.