Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media

Story of the Month - January 2019 

每月故事 - 二零一九年一月

Who needs intercultural education? In Hong Kong, 8% of the population are non-Chinese, the bigger groups among them being Southeast Asians and South Asians. And though 92% of the population are all considered Chinese, they have come from many different cultural backgrounds, each one with their own traditions. The diverse languages and religions, as well as skills and knowledges that these various social groups have brought to Hong Kong have contributed to making Hong Kong a metropolis. Center Director Prof Siumi Maria Tam through her research on ethnic minority identities in Hong Kong, finds however that the various ethnic and cultural groups have low levels of interaction and of mutual understanding, and this has caused much cultural misconceptions and social exclusions.



Together with Centre fellows Prof Wyman Tang and Prof Janice Lau, she led two recent publication projects as part of her Knowledge Transfer Project "Multiculturalism in Action" (MIA). The two books "What are we celebrating? Multicultural Festivals in Hong Kong" (2017 Wheatear), and "The ICONIC Mums Kitchen: Tastes of intercultural Hong Kong" (2018 Department of Anthropology, CUHK) shared the vision of making cultural knowledge accessible to all, regardless of ethnic background. They believe that the first step is to have the same set of information available to all, and hence they insisted on publishing bilingually. They highlighted the importance of partnership with ethnic minority communities in raising cultural diversity awareness in Hong Kong, especially in creating a common ground among different ethnic communities.

譚教授與中心研究員鄧偉文教授及劉影翠教授在知識轉移項目多元文化行動計劃MIA)下出版了兩書籍,分別為<<我們在慶祝什麼?香港的多元文化節>>2017麥穗),以及 <<ICONIC媽媽廚房:跨文化香港滋味>>2018年香港中文大學人類學系),目的在分享文化知識,打破族群之間的壁壘。研究者們認為,邁向理解第一步是所有人都獲得相同的資訊,因此他們堅持雙語出版。他們強調與少數族裔社區建立夥伴關係對提高香港文化多元化意識的重要性,特別是在不同族群之間建立共通點。


Professor Tam emphasized in particular the realization of positive ethnic relations through intersubjective experiences, and due to a lack of intercultural education in the school curriculum, most students and teachers have little exposure to ideas and practice of multiculturalism. The second step to intercultural education is therefore making socially meaningful relations a reality for most people. The two books they published aim to create a safe and enjoyable educational environment in which participants can take part in each other's festivals, and try their hands on cooking each other's foods. In conjunction with the publication of the books, the MIA team has carried out multimedia presentations in schools in different parts of Hong Kong, as well as co-organized multicultural carnivals in housing estates in different districts. These are carried out in consultation with different ethnic partners, and together these activities hope to bring intercultural education to Hongkongers regardless of class and ethnic backgrounds, and ultimately make transculturality a sustainable and realizable goal. 



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Photo caption: The MIA team's book launch at the CUHK Commercial Press Bookstore on Nov 28, 2018 where they discussed views on interculturalism and the role of academics in promoting social justice.




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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

Associate Director:
o CHEN Ju-chen 陳如珍


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 LAU Ying Chui Janice 劉影翠
o SONG Jing 宋婧
o SUEN Yiu tung 孫耀東
o Sara ZHONG 鍾華

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

Doctoral Student:
Amy PHUA 潘玫燕


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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