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

An Anthropological Talk by Mukta Das

Indian-ness in the Pearl River Delta: Hosting and hospitality in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau

Wednesday 11 May 2016, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Indians are a small minority in the Pearl River Delta, approximately 60,000 in a population of 57 million. Many come and go, travelling and sojourning between the delta's main cities.

In a time of transformations in socio-political identities and diversity management, and of history making involving the Delta's Chinese communities, Indians find themselves on shifting sands as they pursue meaningful lives. Meanwhile they are also enmeshed in varying, competing subjectivities and strategies. Analysing this tableau through the lens of hospitality and indulging in Indian food shows how these forces criss-cross, reinforce and confound one another.

Here we narrow in on Tamil hosts and Tamil foods in Hong Kong and emerge identities under both negotiation and fortification.

Mukta Das is a PhD Candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London


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

An Anthropological Talk by Martin Boewe

Utopian Communities: Making better worlds

Thursday 2 June 2016, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

In the year of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's classic Utopia, this talk presents three utopian communities and their efforts of making better worlds: 1. Lifechanyuan in China, which has attempted to promote free-love and communism as a short-cut to heaven but was finally closed down by the state, 2. Christiania in Denmark, a political community standing for consensus democracy, the fight for freedom and urban space for all, a massive market for hashish, and a counter-cultural entertainment experience, and 3. Damanhur, an Italian esoteric community, whose members see themselves as warriors on a mission to rescue humankind.

All these utopian communities act as distorted mirrors of their societies; they are not just fictional fantasies of their founders. This research connects the, at times, extremely bizarre beliefs in utopian communities with counter-cultural opposition to the dominating paradigms in different societies.

Martin Boewe is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology, CUHK.

       
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