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Story of the Month - June 2019 

每月故事 - 二零一九年 

storyofthemonth June2019

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Centre Fellow Prof. Zhong Hua Sara’s research interests include social development and crime trends, cybercrime, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and gender-crime nexus.  

本中心成員鍾華教授的主要研究領域包括社會發展與犯罪趨勢、網絡犯罪、毒品犯罪,青少年犯罪與越軌行為、性別與犯罪等。

 

Her research team just completed a project about Chinese urban citizens’ perceived safety. The study mainly focuses on the gendered mechanisms between social disorganization, social inequality and perceived safety among Chinese urban residents. Considering the rapid technological changes in the modern era and their threat to privacy, this research considers both perceived privacy safety and traditional types of perceived safety (e.g., perception of safety if going out after 10pm). Regarding perceived privacy safety, the results suggest that trust in strangers significantly increases males’ privacy safety but not females’, while police presence in a neighbourhood and perceived justice in law enforcement have significant positive effects on females’ privacy safety but not males’. For perceived night safety, formal social control (e.g., police performance) and perceptions of income inequality affect men and women similarly in urban China. In contrast with Western studies, collective efficacy is not that useful when explaining perceived night safety for either men or women, which is possibly due to the prevalence of security guards in urban communities. This research is pioneering as it implies that the social forces of perceived personal/property safety in urban China are relatively gender-neutral, whereas the mechanisms of perceived privacy safety are gendered and strongly related to both offline gender inequality and digital gender inequality. 

鍾教授的團隊剛剛完成一個關於中國城市居民安全感的項目,該研究的焦點在於社會解組與社會不平等影響中國城市居民安全感的分性別機制。考慮到當代科技的高速發展及其對公民隱私產生的顯著威脅,本研究涵蓋了隱私安全感和傳統類型的安全感(例如在晚上10點之後外出是否覺得安全)。在隱私安全方面,研究結果表明,陌生人的互信極大提高了男性的隱私安全感,但不能增強女性的安全感;而社區中的警力配備以及主觀感覺到的執法公正對女性的隱私安全感存在明顯的積極影響,卻極少作用於男性。而在夜間安全感的分析中,正式社會控制(例如警方表現)和主觀感覺到的收入不平等對中國的都市男女有相似作用。與西方同類型研究不同,在詮釋中國男性或女性的夜間安全感時,集體效能的理論並不太適用,原因可能是中國城市社區中普遍配置了市場化的帶薪保安服務。本研究具有一定的開創性:這些成果意味著中國城市的社會因素對個體/財產安全感的影響無顯著性別差異,然而對隱私安全感的作用機制是性別化的,這與中國社會現實和網絡上的性別不平等狀態息息相關。

 

Currently Prof Zhong is collaborating with Tencent on projects related to protection of youth from victimization of cybercrime and cyberbullying. She is also using big data to examine the patterns of cyber fraud in Hong Kong and Mainland China and the social forces behind it. 

目前,鍾華教授正在與騰訊集團合作,開展預防青少年網絡犯罪和網絡霸淩受害的相關項目。同時,她也在運用大數據檢視香港和內地的網絡詐騙模式及其背後的社會力量。
 

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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.

周大明教授學術講座和工作坊

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.

Objectives

  • 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

People

Director:
o CHEUNG Chin-hung Sidney 張展鴻

Associate Director:
o CHEN Ju-chen 陳如珍

Researchers:

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 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

 

Publications

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

COMMUNITY TALK SERIES

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