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Fieldtrip To The Nepali Community In Jordan And Yau Ma Tei


Fieldtrip To The Nepali Community In Jordan And Yau Ma Tei

Date: 2nd August, 2014 (Saturday)

Venue: Jordan and Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong



On 2 Aug 2014, the Managing Urban Diversity Programme, in collaboration with Multiculturalism in Action: Nepali Culture Workshop, organised a fieldtrip to the Nepali Community in Hong Kong.


Jordan-Yau Ma Tei is one of the districts in urban Hong Kong where we find the Nepali community. Most Nepalis in Hong Kong are ex-Gurkhas and their families. The Gurkhas first stationed in Hong Kong in 1948. In the 1990s, the British Army carried out a redundancy program, which coincided with a sharp increase of Nepali migration to Hong Kong. Official figures show that the Nepali population rose from 340 in 1990 to 16,518 in 2011. Although Nepalis have resided in Hong Kong for more than 50 years, little is known about their community.


The aim of this walking tour is to provide participants a better understanding of the Nepali community in Hong Kong. There were several checkpoints including a local park where homeless people reside, a Nepali grocery store, the Buddhist temple (religious centre) and a Nepali restaurant. The tour was led by Wyman Tang with Q&A sessions at every checkpoint. There were 12 participants in total, including Anthropology students and members of the Institute of Future Cities. During the tour, we uncovered Nepali activities in different locations to explore how the community organises itself and transform urban spaces to meet the needs of its people. Participants also had the opportunity to interact with Nepali community members from different backgrounds and open discussions were arranged with community representatives.