Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media

Story of the Month - September 2018 

每月故事 - 二零一八年九月 

Centre Fellow Professor Tam Wai Ping serves the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Associate Professor. He is also the chairman and one of the founders of Art Map, and works as an independent art curator. Professor Tam experiments with various media in art, but his works of installation, photography, and environmental art are more notable. His projects are varied in themes, ranging from the self to society. Professor Tam explained that his notion of art serves two approaches mainly; one allows individuals to connect with their mind and consciousness, and the other through public engagement, connects communities through lenses of art.


Professor Tam’s early work explores the definition of “Real”, to search the situational difference between fact and reality. He has been finding ways to contextualize history and contemporary life, exploring the relationship between “Individual and Land”, and leading to the investigation of “Modernity” in Asian values.


His more recent interests examine relationships between “Text”, “Object” and “Image” which re-evaluates how art can serve as a cognitive experience. His installation in 2015 entitled “Dream No Dream” is the outcome of his experimentations to find epiphany by observing other people’s lives through their sleep. In the spring of 2007, he went to Tokyo and entered the homes of local people at night to quietly watch them sleep. Through this he came to realise that there was love (craving), suffering, ignorance, clinging and birth in lives, but still he has not achieved enlightenment and he found life to be but a bigger dream beyond a dream. Wakefulness is only another big dream, but people tend to think they have already achieved awakening. He recognises there are true images, awareness, awakening and death in a dream.  In “Dream No Dream” these are put in four different rooms for the audience to interpret on their own.



Caption:  Dream No Dream by Tam Wai Ping.  Artist Statement: A dream is where we want to clarify what is unclear; reality is where we do not want to clarify what is already too clear…   (Photo Credit: Tam Wai Ping)
 圖片說明:夢非夢 – 譚偉平作品。藝術家陳述:夢是那種不清楚而想弄清楚之事,而現實是那種太清楚,但不想弄清楚的事情… …(圖片來源:譚偉平)

In his other curatorial projects engaging with the community, Prof Tam invited artists to create sculptures and installations as a way of bridging communities. For example, in the “Wishing Tree” project at the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital, the public write and hang cards of encouragement on the tree, bringing much hope and strength to children patients who are on their journey of recovery.



 Caption: Wishing Tree by David Rittinger. (Photo credit: Tam Wai Ping)

 文字說明:許願樹 - David Rittinger 作品(圖片來源:譚偉平


Professor Tam has also invited a group of ceramics artists—Fiona Wong, Ray Chan, Ben Yau, and Connie Tsang to create the artwork “Ceramic Leaves”, in order to allow the public to be more in touch with nature and to understand the local floras and insects. 



 Caption: Ceramic Leaves by Fiona Wong, Ray Chan, Ben Yau, and Connie Tsang   (Photo credit: Tam Wai Ping) 

 文字說明:陶瓷葉子 黃麗貞、陳思光、丘文彬及曾秀英作品(圖片來源:譚偉平)


 More details of Professor Tam’s projects can be found on website of Department of Fine Arts, CUHK: http://www.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~fadept/?academic-staffs=%E8%AD%9A%E5%81%89%E5%B9%B3&lang=zh-hant 


Professor Tam’s company website, Art Map can be found here:  http://www.artmap.xyz/tw/index.php

譚教授的公司網站Art Map可以在這裡找到:http://www.artmap.xyz/tw/index.php 


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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 Siumi Maria TAM 譚少薇


1. Managing Urban Diversity Programme
o Raees Begum BAIG 碧樺依
Joseph BOSCO 林舟
o CHEN Ju-chen 陳如珍
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 LAU Ying Chui Janice 劉影翠
o SONG Jing 宋婧
o SUEN Yiu tung 孫耀東

2. Social Resilience and Cultural Policy Programme
o CHANG Ping-hung Wallace 鄭炳鴻
o CHEUNG Chin-hung Sidney 張展鴻
o CHEUNG Katherine 張家蓮
o LAM Wengcheong 林永昌
o MA Shu-yun 馬樹人
o TAM Wai Ping 譚偉平
o WONG Wai-yee Sharon 黃慧怡

Postdoctoral Fellow:
TANG Wai-man 鄧偉文


Recent Projects

Social Resilience and Oyster Farming in the Global Context

Multiculturalism in Action Workshops:

Pakistani Culture Workshop: Making a Change for the Better (2015-16)

Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan Culture Workshop (2016-17)

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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