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.
In Search of the Good Life in Contemporary China: Stories from Shenzhen An anthropological lecture by Tung-Yi KHO 24 April at 7:00 p.m. Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui
What makes a good life in China today? In the past thirty-plus years, China sustained a historically unprecedented economic growth rate that averaged roughly 10% annually, lifting over 800 million of its population out of poverty. In line with these trends, urbanization proceeded apace throughout the country, precipitated by largescale rural-urban migration. Such radical economic and demographic transformation of an historically agrarian civilisation has led to talk of a civilisation-switch that has been widely hailed as a success-story. But have these coeval meta-level processes of modernization, implied by economic progress, yielded the good life? Shenzhen was Kho’s field-site of choice for 24 months of ethnographic research because it was the PRC’s first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and, also, its most successful. His interlocutors were all rural-migrants who had come to Shenzhen in search of the supposedly good life. Did they find it? His research sought to find out and in the process, shedding light on the nature of modernity and our prospects of attaining the good life within it.
Tung-Yi KHO is an adjunct professor in CUHK’s Department of Anthropology and a scholar of modern China, with PhDs in Social Anthropology (SOAS) and in Cultural Studies (Lingnan University).
Attendance is free and following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker.
_____________________________________________________________________________ POSTPONED TILL FURTHER NOTICE: Fugitive Science:Chakachua (Fake) Pharmaceuticals and Embodied Knowledge in Tanzania An anthropological lecture by Laura MEEK To be announced Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui
Regulated pharmaceuticals are readily available for over-the-counter purchase throughout Tanzania, with between 30-60% of these drugs estimated to be fake. Global health policymakers decry this situation as dangerous and disordered, as if no rules govern the use of biomedicine in Africa. In this talk, I challenge such framings by demonstrating the innovative practices employed by medical personnel and lay people to determine the various qualities of drugs. I conceptualize these practices as methods of ‘fugitive science’, simultaneously forms of knowledge production and postcolonial critique. I argue that this material forces us to reconsider global health assumptions about the so-called ‘overuse’ or ‘misuse’ of pharmaceuticals in the Global South.
Laura MEEK is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. She is a medical anthropologist who researches biomedical globalization, bodily epistemologies, and the politics of healing in East Africa.
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.