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 Five Economies of Contemporary Chinese Funerals
An anthropological talk by Andrew KIPNIS Friday 16 March 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Economic activity in modern societies is typically identified by the circulation of money, and money itself is considered the most interchangeable or transferable) of objects. But ethnographic examinations of the ways people use and think about money reveal that not all types of money and monetary transactions are equivalent. This talk examines the economic transactions involved in contemporary urban mainland Chinese funerals. It groups these transactions into economic categories based upon the moral rules invoked by those participating in the transaction, the types of trust or distrust the transactions involve and the forms of legal ambiguity which enable and restrict the transactions. Five types of economy emerge: an inter-household gift economy, an intra-household inheritance economy, a state redistributive economy, a small scale petty-trader economy and a large scale state-bureaucratic/capitalist economy.
Andrew KIPNIS is a professor in the Department 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.