Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media

Story of the Month - November 2019 

每月故事 - 二零一九年十一 



Photo Caption: Prof. Tam, guests and performers in the opening ceremony (Photo credit: Connie Chan)


本中心的「多元文化行動計劃」於2019 年10月19日在葵興石籬(一)邨舉辦「多元文化在石籬」嘉年華,作為推廣正向族群關係和跨文化主義的知識轉移項目。



本計劃總監譚少薇教授在開幕致詞中指出, 香港很幸運地擁有多個族群在這裏定居, 讓我們每天都能享受豐富的文化特色, 如飲食、服飾、音樂藝術等, 我們只要抱持開放的眼光和胸懷,人人都可以是世界公民。



隨着開幕典禮的花炮聲,開始了多元文化表演。我們很榮幸邀請到印度舞教師Jackie Law 女士、尼泊爾裔的Ashmi女士, 和斯里蘭卡佛教與文化中心為嘉年華作表演嘉賓。他們分別表演印度古典舞、尼泊爾民族舞和斯里蘭卡融合舞蹈。Jackie為大家演出Rukmini Pravesam,是典型Kuchipudi舞劇序幕中的人物角色的自我介紹 (Daruvus)。Kuchipudi是源自印度南部安得拉邦的傳統舞蹈,亦是印度八種主要古典舞蹈之一,以多變的戲劇化表情及節奏快的舞步見稱。Ashmi則表演“到加里農場” 一曲,頌讚尼泊爾多元文化的一面,因為這首歌是講述某人回到祖國並欣賞她所留下的文化遺産。斯里蘭卡佛教與文化中心的融合舞蹈,通過將傳統鼓樂與現代音樂結合,向世界展示傳統鄉村舞的新詮釋。除了舞蹈表演,SARDA 樂隊為是次嘉年華演唱了一首名叫"Mero Prem" 的尼泊爾流行曲。Mero Prem 中文解作「愛我」,述説對愛情的看法; 雖然觀眾不懂尼語,但都被抒情的旋律打動。




精彩的舞台表演後,觀衆參加各個攤位活動,了解在港的少數族裔的不同文化——香港卡巴迪聯盟介紹了南亞運動卡巴迪的玩法和讓參加者一嚐這個亞運項目的滋味; 委内瑞拉裔的沃美娜女士設置了「拉丁角」, 介紹南美文化特色,還和大家玩piñatas; 斯里蘭卡佛教與文化中心向參加者介紹當地的香料和樂器。「多元文化行動計劃」則為大家帶來香港的巴基斯坦社群展覧, 以及民族服裝試穿體驗。






The “Multicultural Carnival @ Shek Lei” was organized by Multiculturalism in Action Project in Shek Lei (1) Estate on 19 October 2019. This event in Kwai Hing was a knowledge-transfer program which aimed at promoting positive relationships among different ethnic groups and the concept of interculturalism.



In the opening speech, Project Director Prof. Siumi Maria Tam pointed out that Hong Kong is blessed with various ethnic groups living here, enabling our enjoyment of a rich multicultural environment, through different cuisines, clothing, music and art etc. Prof. Tam added that we can all be global citizens by opening our mind and arms.




After the opening ceremony everyone enjoyed the performances by Indian dance teacher Ms. Jackie Law, Ms. Ashmi from the local Nepali community, and the Sri Lanka Buddhist Cultural Centre. They performed Kuchipudi, Nepali dance, and Sri Lankan fusion dance respectively. Jackie presented a daruvu from “Rukmini Pravesam”, a typical Kuchipudi style opening dance that introduces a character. Ashmi performed “Gairi Khet Ko” which celebrates the multicultural aspect of Nepal as the song is about someone returning to the motherland and appreciating its heritage. The fusion dance performed by Sri Lanka Buddhist Cultural Centre is an experiment to fuse up-country dance (with traditional drum beats) and the rhythms of modern music. After the dances, SARDA Band performed a Nepalese song “Mero Prem” which means "Love Me". The audience was touched by the romantic melody even though they did not know Nepalese.



Visitors then participated in the activities at the game booths, which aimed at enhancing understanding of Hong Kong’s ethnic diversity. Kabaddi United Hong Kong introduced a South Asian sport Kabaddi, and offered hands-on sessions for the public. Ms. Omaira who came from Venezuela set up a “Latin Corner” to introduce the characteristics of South America and played piñatas with the children. The Sri Lanka Buddhist Cultural Centre introduced Sri Lankan spices and musical instruments. In addition, Multiculturalism in Action Project set up an exhibition about the Pakistan community in Hong Kong, and provided various ethnic costumes for interested individuals to have a try.



Multiculturalism in Action Project is a project with support from The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund. Please visit http://www.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/knowledge-transfer/multiculturalism-in-action/index.htmlfor more details and contents of our project. Please contact us for potential collaboration to co-create an intercultural Hong Kong and to promote positive ethnic relations. 


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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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