Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media

Story of the Month - December 2019 

每月故事 - 二零一九年十二 


圖片說明:2019年6月8日 美濃黃蝶祭在雙溪樹木園裡的音樂會,平安隆先生和樂手正在演奏雲遊的音樂 (圖片來源:陳如珍)

Photo Caption: Takashi Hirayasu and his band performing music from Cloud Wondering at the 2019 Meinung Yellow Butterfly Festival in Shuangsi Tropical Arboretum, Meinung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Photo credit: Chen Ju-chen)







Dr. Chen Ju-chen learned from her research that most Filipinos went abroad to work with the hopes that the higher salary earned would help improve the life of their families. With better income they wish to provide their families with more material comfort and achieve higher social status. However, not everyone could have their dream come true. Dr. Chen found that there exists an obvious quandary: it is impossible for everyone to become richer and better than others. In this case, the collective aspiration for wealth and accumulation would only lead us to endless frustration. Is this avoidable? In 2014, Dr. Chen met some independent musicians when she took a group of undergraduate students from the department of anthropology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong to conduct their summer field trip in Hualian and Taitung. She was surprised that, even with successful performances, musicians often made little income or even went in debt. Even though performing could be a bad decision financially, these musicians seem to never lose their enthusiasm in putting together one show after another. Dr. Chen has been interested in why such musicians give accumulation a much lower priority.








Dr. Chen started the project about independent music community in the end of 2014.. Without much experience and appropriate networks, Dr. Chen diligently attended various live performances, gigs, and music festivals to make herself known and recognized as a member of this community. As time passes, Dr. Chen fostered good rapports with key event personnel and deepened her understand of this community. She became friends with musicians, event producers, venue managers, sound designers, lighting designers, photographers, and other running crew. With their help, she has gradually has better understanding of how the community works. Besides, she developed a deeper understanding on the intention and lives of independent musicians through participate and work as translators, merchandise sales, prompters, etc. at these concerts and music festivals.








For Dr. Chen, independent musicians are those who have full control of their music works and could share values they believe in via music. They do not prioritize accommodating the demand of the market for their works and gigs. In the future, Dr. Chen would like to write up and explain the operation of the independent music community. Other than criticizing the intrinsic nature of capitalism, she wish that she could also carry out the ideal and aspiration of these musicians.

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Event Recap

Multicultural in Action Project: Multicultural Carnival @ Shek Lei

“Multicultural Carnival @ Shek Lei” was held by Multiculturalism in Action Project in Shek Lei (1) Estate in Kwai Hing on 19th October. Please click here for event recap.




本中心主張展鴻教919日舉了宋香丸製坊,邀了高澤太及其兒和唐塘先生抽空是次活,讓大家體製作香丸及了香道。 Please click here for event recap.

Multiculturalism in Action Project: First Multicultural Handicraft Workshop

The Multiculturalism in Action Project has conducted the first multicultural handicraft workshop last Saturday (3rd August). We are glad that 2 friends originally from Venezuela were our tutors. Please click here for event recap.

“#FaceMatters” screening and post screening discussion

Organized by the Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media, and co-organized by Gender Research Centre and Gender Studies Program, the screening of “#FaceMatters” and post screening discussion was held on 27 February 2019. Please click here for event recap.

Tasting food/Tasting Cultures: Intercultural Hong Kong on the Plate

On 1-4 April 2019, Multiculturalism in Action Project (MIA), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, co-organized with the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong, an intercultural program “Tasting food/Tasting Cultures: Intercultural Hong Kong on the Plate”. Please click here for event recap.

Multicultural in Action Project: Book launch and ICONIC Mums Program Closing Ceremony

The Multiculturalism in Action Project headed by Centre Director Prof Siumi Maria Tam has sponsored a book launch at the Kowloon City Book Fair on Sunday, 17 December 2017. Please click here for event recap.

Moods and Emotions through Indian Kathak Dance

On 21 September 2017, there was an Indian classical dance program “Moods & Emotions through Indian Kathak Dance” organized at CUHK campus. Please click here for event recap.


中山大學社會學與人類學學院、教育部長江學者特聘教授周大鳴教授於2017年3月來港訪問,舉辦學術講座和工作坊,與本地學者和學生交流。活動由香港中文大學人類學系主辦,都市歷史、文化與傳媒研究中心協辦。 按此瀏覽活動回顧.

Imagining the Future: Community Innovation and Social Resilience in Asia

The Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media, CUHK organized its first international conference entitled "Imagining the Future: Community Innovation and Social Resilience in Asia" on 23-25 February 2017. Please click here for event recap.

Our Mission

Mission Statement

To investigate how cultural diversity is beneficial to social resilience regarding the development and strategic planning of future cosmopolitan cities. We seek to enhance the concerns of whether and how ethnic minorities of different types are marginalized, stigmatized and even rejected; and to understand what and how public engagements help to bring people with various cultural and political interests together in the current socio-political environment.


  • To investigate the causes of marginalization of specific groups, and how these groups could be made to feel more accepted;
  • To investigate the tension between the integration and diversity of society and how culture is inherent in a complex industrial society;
  • To identify the institutional and cultural reservoirs that foster social resilience and trust.

Research Keywords

Cultural Diversity; Social Resilience; Community Innovation


o CHEUNG Chin-hung Sidney 張展鴻

Associate Director:
o CHEN Ju-chen 陳如珍
o TAM Siu Mi Maria 譚少薇


1. Managing Urban Diversity Programme
o Raees Begum BAIG 碧樺依
Joseph BOSCO 林舟
o CHENG Sealing 鄭詩靈
o CHOW Pui-ha Carol 周佩霞
o Donna CHU 朱順慈
o GU Ming-yue Michelle 谷明月
o HUANG Weishan 黃維珊
o JIN Lei 金蕾
o LAU Ying Chui Janice 劉影翠
o SONG Jing 宋婧
o SUEN Yiu tung 孫耀東
o TAM Siu Mi Maria 譚少薇
o TONG Yuying 同鈺瑩
o Sara ZHONG 鍾華

2. Social Resilience and Cultural Policy Programme
o CHANG Ping-hung, Wallace 鄭炳鴻
o CHEUNG Katherine 張家蓮
o LAM Wengcheong 林永昌
o Leung Hok Bun Isaac 梁學彬
o TAM Wai Ping 譚偉平
o WONG Wai-yee Sharon 黃慧怡

Postdoctoral Fellow:
TANG Wai-man 鄧偉文

Doctoral Student:
Amy PHUA 潘玫燕

Research Assitant:
o Chan Hoi Yan 陳凱欣



Recent Activities

Languages as a Boundary Ma(r)ker: Dignity, Motherhood and Everyday Multiculturalism

非聲香港嘉年華 Africa in Hong Kong Carnival

New Book Sharing Session + ICONIC Mums Documentaries Screening & Sharing Session

The Causes and Consequences of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness: A Case Study of Atlanta, Georgia USA

Moods & Emotions through Indian Kathak Dance

鳳凰村的變遷:都市人類學工作坊 (講者:周大鳴教授)

學術講座-聚落與交通:道路網路與中國城鄉社會結構變遷 (講者:周大鳴教授)

International Conference on Imagining the Future: Community Innovation and Social Resilience in Asia

SEMINAR: Endangered Fathers?: Masculinity Crisis and Reflexivity in Times of Change by Prof. Mario Liong

South Asian Films Mini Series - The Necklace

South Asian Films Mini Series - A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

WORKSHOP: Annual Gender Role Workshop 2016: Gender and Urban Space (co-organized with Gender Research Center)

SEMINAR: The Material Culture and Activism at Bukit Brown Cemetery, Singapore by Prof. Chee-Kien Lai

SEMINAR: Overseas Death, Burial Practices, and Ancestral Worship: An Interpretation for Cremation Practices among Diasporic Chinese in the Philippines by Prof. Gyo Miyahara

SEMINAR: Pluralities in the Margin: Community, Religion and Agriculture along Singapore's Abandoned Railway Lines by Prof Chee-Kien Lai

FIELDTRIP: Assessment Tour to Wolong, Sichuan (四川卧龍)

FIELDTRIP: The Nepali Community In Jordan And Yau Ma Tei

FIELDTRIP: Understanding Kodo And Kyogen From Two Japanese Masters


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