Recent Events


Dear Alumni,

Season's Greetings!

We are proud of our graduates and we know that many former students are doing very valuable things for the society and working in exciting places. Anthropology Connection seeks to keep you informed of events in your alma mater.

The Department has been working to strengthen its connection with the alumni. Now you can remain involved with the department in many ways since we are active on social media! You can find information o n our talks and events, alumni activities and news of the staff via our Blog, Facebook Page, Weibo (Chinese Twitter), and Blog for the Mainland, and we look forward to seeing you there.

We have also established this newsletter to bring you quarterly updates. At the same time we would love to know where you are and what you are doing. Come back “home” to visit or drop us messages by phone or E-mail (

We wish you a great Year of the Snake!

Best regards,

Sidney Cheung
Chair, Department of Anthropology
Chinese University of Hong Kong


Japanese Incense Ceremony Workshop

The Department invited the designated Head Master of the 21st generation of one of the two leading kodo schools in Japan to lead a workshop on kodo, the Japanese incense ceremony. More…


Foodways and Heritage Conference

The department co-organized the International Conference on Foodways and Heritage. The conference included field trips that showed distinct scenes of foodways in Hong Kong: Nam Pak Hong in Sheung Wan and Freshwater Fish farm in Yuen Long. More...


Department Welcomes New Professors


In the fall of 2012, the Department of Anthropology welcomed three new faculty members, whose diverse expertise will enhance course offerings and expand the scope of research of the department. Browse the profiles below to learn more about them, including their research and educational interests. More…




Project in Slotlight



Walking through Sheung Wan

Led by Professor Sidney C.H. Cheung, the team did one-year ethnographic field research in the community and explored, from an anthropological angle, the possibility of knowledge transfer from local communities to visitors. More…


Prof. HUANG Yu


Prof. Teresa KUAN


Recent Faculty Publications


Prof. TAN Chee-Beng Retires

After serving the Department for 16 years, Prof. Tan Chee-Beng retired in July 2012. The department held a farewell party for him. Many students, faculty and alumni attended.

Siumi TAM


TAN Chee-Beng


Chin-Hung CHEUNG
Sheung Wan

Globalization from Below:
The World's Other Economy


The deadline for the MA Programme application is 31 Mar 2013. If you know anyone interested in anthropology, please spread the words. Thanks!






Alumni Updates

Wai-chi CHEE

Veronica S.W. MAK

Hua WEN (Ph.D. '10) is currently working in United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) China office as Programme Officer on Gender. "The working experience in international organizations is different from that of academia, but the way of thinking I learned from Anthropology remains the same: to be creative, to be critical!" she said. Her book, Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China, a revision of her Ph.D. dissertation, was recently published by the Hong Kong University Press. To know more about her book, please go to Hong Kong University Press. (contact email: wenhuakm"at"

Wai-chi CHEE (Ph.D. '12) and Veronica S.W. MAK (Ph.D. '12) graduated in summer 2012 and are now working as Part-Time Lecturers in our department. (contact emails: waichichee"at" & veronica.mak"at"


Ka-Kin CHEUK (BSSC '06 and M.Phil '09) is now a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
"Many people assume that PhD life is only about tedious research and endless writing. But to me it is a slightly different story. Of course, I still have to spend most of my time writing up my dissertation. But Oxford gives me chances to do some interesting chores apart from my dissertation. During 2012-2013, I am honoured to chair the Oxford Migration Studies Society, for which I am convening the society’s inaugural graduate student conference in migration studies, "Migration: Theory and Practices." For more information about the society and the conference, please go to"

Justin Gaurav Murgai (MA '10 and M.Phil '13). His MPhil research investigated the dreams and aspirations of undocumented South Asians in Hong Kong and the reasons why they continue to come despite knowing of the debts and difficulties that lay ahead of them. Justin presently works in a youth services organization where he implements harm reduction programmes for local and international youths in Hong Kong, and engages in community outreach for developing projects to empower young ethnic minorities in the city. Outside work, Justin is continuing his research on undocumented migrants, and hopes, in the near future, to continue his studies in Anthropology. (contact email: jgmurgai"at"




Mei DING (MA '09) is now a PhD student in the Dept. of Anthropology at Otago University, New Zealand. She is doing research on Chinese Uyghur in Australia: Diaspora and Migrants' Multiple Identities. She was back at CUHK for the Postgraduate Student Forum where she presented a paper entitled "The Chinese Uyghur diaspora: Australian restaurants and migrants' multiple identities."

Gloria LEUNG Man Ki (MA '02) is a freelance market research consultant. The flexible working hours allows her to spend more time with her two small boys, 7 and 5 years old. She had majored in Geography as an undergraduate, and the MA allowed her to move into market research and marketing. She is also active in amateur theatre performances, with both front and back stage experience. (contact email: mankileung"at"

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