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

An Anthropological Talk by Chen Ju-chen

Keep Catwalking: Education and Beauty Pageants of Filipino Migrant Workers in Hong Kong

Thursday 25 February 2016, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Domestic helpers in Hong Kong are often homogenized, exoticized, and stigmatized as people who live without purpose beyond remitting money home. Ethnographic research shows that, on Sundays, foreign domestic helpers often actively juggle personal chores, association board meetings, birthday parties, church volunteer work, and beauty pageants. This talk addresses a puzzling phenomenon: the motivation behind active participation in costly and time-consuming beauty pageants and, therefore, getting little rest on the designated "rest days." Focusing on beauty pageant participations, this talk argues that similarly baffling individual aspirations - such as college education and working overseas as a maid - need to be understood within a much broader context of the Philippine's class structure, colonial cultural legacy, discourse of modernization and global capitalist institutions.

Chen Ju-chen is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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

An Anthropological Talk by Lam Wencheong

Formation of the Iron Market System in Early China: A case study of the capital area of the Qin and Han Dynasties

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

The market system played a key role in the formation of the imperial economy in the early Chinese Empire. Previous scholarship usually paid most attention to prestige goods in this regard, giving a good, albeit partial description of the market system. Putting in the anthropological discourse of market exchange, this presentation explores the production and distribution of iron objects - one major type of daily-use items - in the Guanzhong basin in order to better understand the formation processes of the iron economy and its contribution to state finances. This talk argues that, during the Qin period, the iron market system was still less developed and circulated nearby the capital area, whereas a more systematic market system developed during the Han period. Alongside the development of the cast iron industry, the distribution presents a more ubiquitous pattern, indicating that a full-fledged market system finally took shape during this critical period.

Lam Wencheong is an assistant professor of anthropological archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research currently focuses on the economic system and social development during the Chinese Bronze Age and Han Empire.


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

An Anthropological Talk by Edwin Schmitt

Environmental Consciousness in Western China

Thursday 21 April 2016, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

As with many places in the world, it is commonly assumed that environmentalism in China is associated with middle class values. By drawing from many years of ethnographic research and a social survey of 246 households, it becomes apparent that a so-called environmental consciousness in Chengdu, China is not the exclusive domain of the well-off. This lecture will examine both environmental perceptions and actions to formulate a more nuanced understanding of how urban residents in Chengdu are engaging with the non-human world in their everyday lives.

Edwin Schmitt is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His past research interests included commodification of agriculture, linkages between agricultural and religious systems, ethnic tourism and hydropower development in Southwest China. For his dissertation research he is currently conducting research on environmental consciousness in Chengdu.

       
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