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.
Southeast China and the origins of the Maritime Silk Route
An anthropological talk by Francis ALLARD Thursday, 23 November 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Archaeological discoveries over the past decades have revealed the existence of early contacts between China and distant regions along what some have labelled the ‘Maritime Silk Route’. The evidence includes not only funerary objects, but also natural products and knowledge whose origins some have placed in Southeast Asia or regions further west. The talk focuses on the evidence for such maritime contacts recovered from archaeological contexts in southeast China during the Qin and Han periods. It also considers how the region was incorporated into pre-existing exchange networks operating throughout Southeast Asia, and discusses the extent to which exotic goods of distant origins impacted Southeast China’s early social landscape. .
Professor ALLARD holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. A Professor in the department of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he has conducted fieldwork in Southern China, Vietnam and Mongolia, and written extensively about the archaeology of complex societies and early imperial expansion in China. A recent publication of relevance to this talk is “Globalization at the Crossroads. The Case of Southeast China during the Pre- and Early Imperial Period” (in The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization, 2016).
Following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker.
Map showing the overland Silk Road and principal sea routes between India and Arabia, as described in a Greek text of the 1st century A.D. For information on routes reaching into SE Asia see the Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog and also, for Arab routes in the 8th to 14th centuries, the map on the Hofstra University site
Arguing the political, Enacting the Moral: Ordinary Citizens’ Struggle for Social Change in Contemporary Hong Kong
An anthropological talk by HUANG Xiuwei Friday, 8 December 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui After the end of the Umbrella Movement, many pro-democracy activists now struggle to deal with what they perceive to be an increasingly ominous political and social climate. In this talk, I look at how some ordinary yet concerned Hongkongers can keep their political commitments alive in their daily lives. I examine how two groups of citizens conceptualize their seemingly commonplace charitable and voluntary activities as a form of activism, as they endeavor to raise people’s awareness of social issues by highlighting the hardship of the underprivileged, and encourage civic participation by initiating political discussion with people who care or know little about politics. With special attention paid to moral dilemmas and ethical reflections, I illustrate how the political is lived and enacted as part of people’s everyday, ethical experience
HUANG Xiuwei is a recent M.Phil graduate in the Dept. 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.