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THE HONG KONG ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY
AND THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
PRESENT

An Anthropological Talk by Gabriele De Seta

Dajiangyou: Vernacular media practices in postdigital China

Wednesday 4 February 2015, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Along many claims about the Internet in China (it is thoroughly surveilled, it will bring democracy, it corrupts youth), the one I find most interesting is the assumption about the existence of a Chinese Internet culture. As a media anthropologist I feel compelled to ask questions: If it's a culture, who belongs to it? Who creates it and sustains it? How is it 'Chinese'? Drawing on anthropological fieldwork following the everyday use of digital media in China, I will argue that the concept of digital folklore is a more appropriate metaphor for the repertoire of content generated by the users’ practices of vernacular creativity.

Gabriele DE SETA is a PhD candidate at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Applied Social Sciences. He is currently writing up his doctoral dissertation, an ethnographic account of vernacular creativity and digital media practices in contemporary China.


THE HONG KONG ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY
AND THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
PRESENT

An Anthropological Talk by Alan Smart

Gifts to a Former Mentor: Hong Kong's contribution to the rise of China and the consequences of that rise for the current relationship

Wednesday 4 March 2015, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Hong Kong made a crucial contribution to China's rise, but in the last fifteen years the balance of influence has shifted. China's rise has changed the relationship between China and Hong Kong since 1997. Rather than Hong Kong offering important mentorship, increasingly its economy is dependent on Beijing's goodwill, a wealthy supplicant whose economic importance is hostage to political considerations that make preserving the SAR's economic vitality desirable to China's leadership. A series of "gifts" from Beijing to Hong Kong have made the SAR increasingly dependent on Beijing's goodwill.

Alan Smart (PhD, U of Toronto, 1986) is Professor, Department of Anthropology, U of Calgary. Research in Hong Kong, China and Canada, on housing, cities, borders, agriculture and transnationalism. Author of "The Shek Kip Mei Myth: Squatters, fires and colonial rule in Hong Kong, 1950-1963" (Hong Kong U Press, 2006), and numerous articles.

       
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