Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media

Story of the Month - May 2018 


CUHCM Fellow Professor Sharon Wong’s recent study concerns the only complete Dragon Kiln in Hong Kong, Castle Peak Dragon Kiln, Tuen Mun. It was initially inspired by her observations of the conservation issue of dragon kilns in Singapore, which she came across while doing her PhD in National University of Singapore. Of the several Dragon Kilns in Singapore, unfortunately, only two, the Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln and Guan Huat Dragon Kiln, are still functioning today. She conducted interviews with the Chua family of Sam Mui Kuang Pottery and learned that the dragon kiln in Sam Mui Kuang was demolished because of urban development in the 1990s. The stories of dragon kilns in Singapore inspired her to embark on a project exploring issues of conservation and cultural heritage in city development in Hong Kong and South China.

Professor Wong strongly opines that cultural heritage conservation and urban sustainable development are not necessarily opposing forces but can potentially be aligned, by focusing on heritage as a means to connect with people. Many are of the opinion that history and cultural heritage is a thing of the past, and irrelevant with the present. However, Professor Wong argues that cultural heritage could provide people, especially those experiencing rapid urban development, a new cultural identity based on the emotional link with cultural heritage and shared collective memories of the past.

The Castle Peak Dragon Kiln in Tuen Mun was built in the 1940s. But ceased production in the early 1980s. However, its conditions remain excellent for conservation as a memory of Hong Kong as a key site for ceramics production. The Castle Peak Dragon Kiln had in the past served as a key site for the amalgam of traditional ceramics expertise from Shiwan, Guangdong, to Hong Kong. It was identified by the Hong Kong Government in the 1980s as a potential living museum. Today, with the upcoming Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge linking different cities in the Pearl River Delta, the Castle Peak Dragon Kiln sitting en route can potentially become a place that evokes routes of material and cultural exchanges in the past as well as present, with Hong Kong being the estuary of these exchanges.

The Castle Peak Dragon Kiln effectively embodies Hong Kong as a place of many but one - not just in terms of the physical location, but also in different kinds of Shiwan ceramic products all fired in one kiln. Embedded in this rich history, this strong cultural legacy of Hong Kong manifested in ceramic production could help us better understand the Hong Kong of today.

If more resources could be directed into conserving Castle Peak Dragon Kiln as a heritage site, Professor Wong argues, there is great potential for promoting the local arts and heritage scene, especially with regards to ceramics.



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Inner Part of Castle Peak Dragon Kiln, Tuen Mun (Photo credit: Sharon Wong)

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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 GU Ming-yue, Michelle 谷明月
o HUANG Weishan 黃維珊
o LAU Ying Chui Janice 劉影翠
o ONG Kok Chung 王國璋
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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