Urbanizing Carescapes of Hong Kong: Two Systems, One City


Speaker: Prof. Shu-Mei Huang

Date: 18th Nov 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Venue: Rm 221, Chen Kou Bun Building, the Chinese University of Hong Kong




Abstract: “Can the care takers or cleaners suspend their work to join the rally?” After week-long protest this question was raised up pointedly by Prof Huang’s friend. Indeed, not that everyone can easily set aside their work especially when such work involves taking care of the vulnerable who demand incessant care. In this seminar, Prof. Huang will recharge the story of post-colonial Hong Kong through care, displacement, and how care is displaced in urban governance. Theorizing “carescapes” as a heuristic device, Prof. Huang tracks how care is displaced, undervalued and even exploited in transforming urban landscape.