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.
Migrant Women Domestic Workers and Their Plights An Ethnographic Movie Screening Friday 6 December at 6:30 p.m. (Earlier time due to film length) Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
There are 11.7 million migrant domestic workers around the globe (ILO, 2015), predominantly women from developing countries. Their mistreatment is a global phenomenon as 60% have suffered verbal abuse, 18% physical and 6% sexual abuse (Mission for Migrant Workers, 2013). With over 350,000 migrant domestic workers, accounting for 10% of the total workforce of the city, there is much concern about this issue in Hong Kong. Despite their large number, migrant domestic workers face abuse, debt bondage, as well as racial and religious discrimination. Therefore, to help raise awareness on this issue, a movie screening on Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong will be held. Inspired by Jean Rouch's method of ethnographic cinema, the film was produced together with the people represented in it to best portray their lived experiences. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the migrant women domestic workers in Hong Kong’s situation. Eni Lestari, Alberto Gerosa, Ju-chen Chen will answer questions raised by the movie screening and discuss the difficulties that women migrant workers in the world face. The goal of this event is to empower these women by showing the people of Hong Kong the invisible side of their lives and the various kinds of abuse they have to suffer.
Ju-chen CHEN is a senior lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Eni LESTARI is the chairperson of the International Migrant Alliance and also an Indonesian migrant domestic worker in Hong Kong. Alberto GEROSA is an anthropologist and filmmaker, whose work has been acquired by the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan, Pinacoteca Civica di Como in Italy, Hong Kong Film Archive and the, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts.
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.