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.
Biomedical Odysseys: The Global Quest to Cure the Incurable An Anthropological Talk by Priscilla SONG Friday 22 February 2019, 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
In a world where technologies and risks move faster than laws can keep pace, thousands of people from more than eighty countries have journeyed to China to undergo fetal and stem cell transplantation. HKU medical anthropologist Priscilla Song tells the story of these global quests to cure the incurable, exploring why and how American and European patients suffering from neurodegenerative conditions have entrusted their lives to neurosurgeons in China. Bringing together a decade of anthropological research in hospital wards, laboratories, and online patient discussion forums, Song's award-winning book Biomedical Odysseys offers a powerful account of the promise and perils of the new biology. Song humanizes stem cell therapies and illustrates how poignant journeys for cures become entangled in China's rapidly changing healthcare landscape.
Dr. Priscilla SONG is Assistant Professor in the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Trained as an anthropologist at Harvard University, her research examines the culture and ethics of transnational biomedical technologies in urban China. Her book Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China (Princeton University Press 2017) received the 2018 Francis Hsu Book Prize from the Society for East Asian Anthropology.
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.
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