Gender Salon: Dialogues

Gender & Space

Gender Salon

Gender Salon: Dialogues

Gender Salon: Workshops

Date & Time

17 Nov 2022 - 7 Jan 2023

Location

LG2/F, Block 01 Duplex Studio

Price

Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fans, Free of charge

General

There will be a series of public programmes to foster participatory dialogues on gender issues. Through a diversity of themes—from history and heritage to contemporary challenges in gender equality—the dialogues provide an open platform for creating critical awareness and actions among community members for an inclusive society.

The talk will be conducted in Cantonese unless otherwise specified.

All Gender Salon programmes are available to the public free of charge.

Dialogues

Date 

Time

Topic

Speakers

17.11.2022

1pm-2pm

The Legend of Ng Akew

Katty Law
Convener, Central and Western Concern Group

24.11.2022 

1pm-2pm

South Asian Women of Hong Kong (in English)

Shalini Mahtani
Founder and CEO, The Zubin Foundation

26.11.2022 

2pm-3pm

Sex, Crime, and Punishment: On Sex Work and Human Trafficking

Sealing Cheng
Associate Professor, Anthropology Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

1.12.2022 (English) 
8.1.2023 (Cantonese)

1pm-2pm
3pm-4pm

Curator’s Tour

Anita Chung
Head of Heritage, Tai Kwun

8.12.2022 

1pm-2pm

Living in the Shadows: Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (in English)

Manisha Wijesinghe
Executive Director, HELP for Domestic Workers

10.12.2022 

2pm-3pm

Transmitting the Craft Tradition of Cheongsam

Haidee Or
Co-founder, WeToastHK

10.12.2022 

3:30pm-4:30pm

When Eileen Chang “Met” Stella Benson (in English)

Nicole Huang
Professor, Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong

17.12.2022 

3pm-4pm

Changemakers: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Maria Tam
Director, Multiculturalism in Action Project, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Corn Sim
Assistant Service Supervisor, The Salvation Army

17.12.2022 

4pm-5pm

Minority Voices: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Akhtar Yasmine
Teacher 

Khan Mohammad Harris Shah
Hi! Stranger Community Tour Guide

5.1.2023 

1pm-2pm

The Male Gaze: Gender Matters in Parks

Amanda Tang
Co-founder, Park Flâneuse

7.1.2023 

2pm-3pm

Bridal Laments: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Lung Yeuk Tau

Caritas Lung Yeuk Tau Community Development Project

Photo credit:

Domestic helpers gathering on their day off, Central, 13 September 2015

https://arthistory.hku.hk/HKinTransition/image_detail.php?id=23917

This and other images of Hong Kong by David Clarke may be found in his free-to-access website ‘Hong Kong in Transition: 1995-2020’, at https://arthistory.hku.hk/HKinTransition/.


Speakers Bio

Katty Law
Shalini Mahtani
Sealing Cheng
Manisha Wijesinghe
Haidee Or
Nicole Huang
Maria Tam
Corn Sim
Akhtar Yasmine
Khan Mohammad Harris Shah
Amanda Tang
Caritas Lung Yeuk Tau Community Development Project

Katty Law is a convener of the Central & Western Concern Group. Since 2005, she and her group have advocated for better urban planning and heritage conservation in the old city area. Katty enjoys taking students and members of the public on heritage tours, while sharing the history and stories of the neighbourhoods. The Concern Group has successfully campaigned for the conservation of the Hollywood Road Police Quarters (PMQ), the Government Hill, the Central Market, as well as tenement buildings and historic walls in Old Central.

Being born and raised in Hong Kong, Shalini Mahtani is devoted to promoting social inclusion and diversity in this city. She has authored research and opinion pieces on these social issues. The Zubin Foundation is one of the organizations which she founded. In 2008, Shalini was awarded an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II for her services in corporate social responsibility in Hong Kong. After one year, she was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. The HKSAR Government also recognised her contributions to the ethnic minorities.

Sealing Cheng is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, CUHK. Her research is located at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and mobility. She has conducted research on the subject of sex work and human trafficking policies for over 2 decades. She also completed a photovoice project and exhibition with Korean sex workers in a red-light district in 2009-2013. Her first book, On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea (University of Pennsylvania Press 2010) received the Distinguished Book Award of the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association in 2012.

Manisha is a human rights lawyer and advocates for decent work for all. She currently serves as the Executive Director of HELP for Domestic Workers, a Hong Kong-based charity seeking to empower migrant domestic workers in the city through advice, assistance and education to help them gain access to justice and receive fair and equal treatment.

Manisha’s area of expertise is helping secure the rights of migrant women and children. She has worked with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Justice, UNICEF Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Programme, Save the Children Sri Lanka and the UNDP Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project in Sri Lanka.

In Hong Kong, Manisha has worked with Christian Action’s Migrant Domestic Worker Programme and human rights law firm Daly & Associates, specialising in migrant worker rights and international labour law.

Graduating with a Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies from The University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Hong Kong Baptist University, Haidee Or is the co-founder of WeToastHK, a self-organised research community focused on Hong Kong history since 2016. Haidee is now working in the education and cultural industry, with hobbies in fabricating cheongsam, its history and itself as a cultural symbol.

Nicole Huang received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for 17 years before joining the University of Hong Kong, where she is now Professor of Comparative Literature. She is the author of two monographs on Eileen Chang: Women, War, Domesticity: Shanghai Literature and Popular Culture of the 1940s (2005) and Hong Kong Connections: Eileen Chang and Worldmaking (2022).

Maria Tam is Director of Multiculturalism in Action Project, Associate Director of Centre for Urban History, Culture, and Media, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology Department and Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in cultural identity in social transformation, especially in gender and ethnic relations, and transnational mobility and family migration. She has published widely on the culture of Hong Kong and China, and has co-edited the books What are We Celebrating? Multicultural Festivals in Hong Kong (2017) and Gender and Family in East Asia (2014). She produced a radio program “That's Intercultural!” (RTHK CIBS) and documentaries in the Intercultural Hong Kong Series.  

Corn Sim has worked in The Salvation Army since 2002. He has over 20 years’ experience in youth work. He is currently the Assistant Service Supervisor in N.T. West Integrated Service and is experienced in overseeing Integrated Children and Youth Services Centres (ICYSCs) service, youth service projects and people development on service innovation. Corn was the first cohort fellow of InnoPower@JC: Fellowship for Social Worker in 2017. He has initiated a project InnoPower@JC: Hi! Strangers to promote ethnic diversity in Hong Kong and find an outlet for the great potential of local ethnic minority youths.

“Hi! My name is Akhtar Yasmine or you can call me Yasmine, I am Hong Kong born Pakistani and currently am an English teacher. I often do volunteer work in local NGOs helping out in different activities and programs. Helping out in such activities gives me the opportunity to share my culture with the local people as they share theirs with me.”

“Hello! My name is Khan Harris but you can call me Harris. I am 21 years old studying business management and law in HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE). I have been a tour guide for Hi! Strangers for 3 years now and I’ve always liked sharing the culture of non-Chinese people in Hong Kong ever since me and my student union team got our school to have a multicultural day. I just love to spread culture, life in Hong Kong and how difficult it is to learn Cantonese.”

Amanda is the Co-founder of “Park Flâneuse”. She obtains her bachelor's degree in urban studies programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In her final year project, she researched gender mainstreaming in neighbourhood parks for young women. She endeavours to advocate a transformation of women’s traditional gender role in the participation of public space, and she is more than happy to take part in the discussion of gender and space.

Caritas Community Development Project has been serving the village of Lung Yeuk Tau for three decades. The project works with the inheritors to promote their traditions. Weitou old ladies still sing Weitou bridal laments. The songs remind them of the memories from their wedding days; how they learned to be a wife from the senior women in their husbands’ families; busy working at both the farm and at home but still had to knit summer hats and patterned bands as they could be used for both dressing up and earning some extra money. Caritas hopes to preserve this intangible cultural heritage to the younger generations. 

Moderators: Ng Lok Chi, Chong Wai Ki

Performers: Mung Kun Hoop, Mung Foon Kun, Leung Siu Ha, Li Guum Lang, Man Kun Lin, Yuen Yu Po

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