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.
Single in the City: Unmarried Women and Their Families in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo
An anthropological lecture by Lynne NAKANO
Friday 27 September at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
In East Asia’s largest cities, hundreds of thousands of women are remaining single into middle-age and beyond. Their cumulative actions to delay marriage or remain indefinitely single represent an enormous change in women’s life course pathways given that previous generations of women married nearly universally and within a prescribed age range. This talk explores women’s experience of singlehood in three East Asian cities that are home to large numbers of single women: Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Based on ethnographic research and interviews with over 100 single women in the cities of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the speaker will show how the organization of care services in families profoundly shapes single women’s experiences and how single women in these cities find meaning in their lives in unexpected ways.
Lynne NAKANO is professor in the Department of Japanese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has published on volunteerism in Japan, and on single women and family change in Japan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. She is currently working on a project on special education in Japan.
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.