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An Anthropological Talk by Ling Minhua

What's New about Neo-Shanghainese? Rights and Belonging to a Resurgent Global City

Thursday 17 September 2015, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Cheap migrant laborers, mostly from rural to urban, have been indispensable to the growth of "global cities."  Nevertheless, the fear of "outsiders" eating up limited public resources and the cities getting "out of control" is undeniable.  This talk takes late-socialist Shanghai as a case study to examine the dilemma through the experiences of second-generation migrant youth who grew up in their parents' adopted city but are still denied basic city rights under the socialist household registration (hukou) system.  It discusses the discourse of "neo-Shanghainese" since the mid-2000s and delineates the governing techniques of Shanghai's highly stratified urban citizenship that bars a majority of lower-status migrants from becoming legally and socioculturally "Shanghainese." It also draws comparative notes from the case of "new immigrants" in Hong Kong to highlight the complexity of belonging under the forces of both global capitalism and socialist logic of order and development.

Ling Minhua is assistant professor at the Centre for Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University.

       
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