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From Chungking Mansions to the World in Guangzhou: Ethnographies of Globalization

  • 2019.03.11
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This talk will explore anthropological research in Hong Kong's Chungking Mansions and in Xiaobei and Sanyuanli, Guangzhou.

Topic:? ? ? ? ? ? ??From Chungking Mansions to the World in Guangzhou: ethnographies of globalization

Time& Date:? 19:00-21:00, March 12th, 2019 (Tuesday)

Venue:? ? ? ? ? ? 101 Chengdao Building

Speaker:? ? ? ? ?Prof. Gordon Mathews [CUHK]

Host:? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Dr. Li Xueshi [CUHK(SZ)]

Language:? ? ??English

Abstract:

This talk will explore anthropological research in Hong Kong's Chungking Mansions and in Xiaobei and Sanyuanli, Guangzhou.? It will discuss how my students and I conducted fieldwork in these places, and will portray some of the extraordinary people we met and the interesting events and interactions that took place. It will also discuss some of the basic methods of anthropological fieldwork and of writing books based on fieldwork. In closing, it will speculate as to ethnic interactions in China's and the world's future.

Speaker:

Gordon Mathews is Professor and Chair in the Dept. of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has written What Makes Life Worth Living: How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds (1996), Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket (2001), Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation (with Eric Ma and Tai-lok Lui, 2008), Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong (2011), and The World in Guangzhou: Africans and Other Foreigners in South China’s Global Marketplace (with Linessa Dan Lin and Yang Yang, 2017). His books have been translated into seven languages.

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