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Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media

Fig7Latest Publications in 2015


  • Cheung, Sidney C.H.. 2015. Making Hong Kong's Coastal Wetland a Resource for Tourism Development: A Cross-cultural and Multi-disciplinary Project to Understand Historical Background and Coastal Heritage. SPC Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin, issue 35, pp. 26-31.

    This article discusses cultural history of the wetland in Hong Kong's northwest coast and argues for the importance of fishery heritage in wetland conservation. Using the example of Inner Deep Bay in the northwest New Territory, the article illustrates the tension between agriculture, fishery heritage management, and environmental conservation. The full article can be accessed via this link.


    • Cheung, Sidney C.H.. 2015. From Cajun Crayfish to Spicy Little Lobster: A Tale of Local Culinary Politics in a Third-Tier City in China. In James Farrer (Ed.), Globalization and Asian Cuisines: Transnational Networks and Contact Zones (pp. 209–228). New York: Palgrave MacMillan Press.

      This chapter explains the rise of crayfish eating in Jiangsu, China through the investigation of establishment of local festival, crayfish museum, local events, etc. It aims to show the significance of a newly invented spicy crayfish dish means in the local context of development, and how it brought changes to a third-tier city in China during the last two decades. A preview of the chapter is available here.

    • Chen, Ju-chen. 2015. Sunday Catwalk: The Self-making of Pilipino Migrant Women in Hong Kong. In Yuk Wah Chan, Heidi Fung and Grażyna Szymańska-Matusiewicz (Eds.), The Age of Asian Migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility Vol. II (pp. 44-66). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

      Hong Kong currently has over 300,000 foreign domestic helpers, most of whom from Indonesia and the Philippines. Based on ethnographic research, this chapter describes a variety of beauty pageants and talent performances of Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong. It analyzes their motivations for joining such activities and their experiences of self-making and community building in such processes. Click here for a preview of the chapter.

  • "Multicultural Hong Kong in Celebration" series in Hong Kong Discovery

    Since January 2015, members of the Centre have been writing for the "Multicultural Hong Kong in Celebration" series in the bilingual magazine Hong Kong Discovery to bring detailed community lives and festival celebrations of ethnic minorities to general readers. Topics include:

    More articles will be published in the upcoming months. Please stay tuned!


Forthcoming Publications

Prof. Sidney Cheung is the General Editor and Academic Advisory Board member of the forthcoming Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines, Volumes 1-5 (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group and Oxford University Press). He is also an editorial board member of Routledge Handbook of Food in Asia (Cecilia Leong-Salobir ed., London and New York: Routledge, 2015-2018).



  •  Assessment Tour to Wolong, Sichuan (四川卧龍)

    On September 2015, the Centre was invited by Hong Kong Discovery to coordinate a five-day assessment tour to Wolong, Sichuan in order to access the capacity of the local eco-tourism service providers after the devastating May 2008 earthquake. Fifteen CUHK undergraduate students participated in the tour. The group visited the a number of sites, including panda research facilities, local villages (reconstructed with donations by Hong Kong government), gulches and valleys, temperate forest, highland terrains, and museums. The trip provided a basic understanding the resilience of the local people in recovering from the disaster and how they rebuild their livelihood through developing eco-tourism.

    Click here to read the feedbacks written by the student participants (in Chinese only).