|Department of Anthropology|
|Institution:||Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|Address:||Room 407 Humanities Building, New Asia College,|
|The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.|
|Program Size:||Large (over 25 students)|
The Department of Anthropology at CUHK, established in 1980, has been developing as a major internationally recognized centre for the study of culture and identity, especially issues of ethnic, regional, and national identity accompanying the dramatic economic development of South China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and East and Southeast Asia.
Anthropology was first taught at CUHK in 1973 under the Board of Studies in Sociology. From 1977, the Anthropology Section of the Sociology Department began to offer a minor programme. Anthropology was officially established as a department in 1980, offering both major and minor programmes to undergraduates. In 1987, an M.Phil. programme in Anthropology was introduced, and in 1992 a full-fledged Ph.D. programme was started. The M.A. taught programme in Anthropology was introduced in 1998, and an M.A. in the Anthropology of Chinese Societies was introduced in 2000.
The Department continues to develop new courses, to address the issues of cultural contact, ethnic conflict, and cultural identity, particularly as related to Hong Kong and the contemporary world as a whole. The Department also invites senior anthropologists of international reputation to visit the Department for seminars and to teach regular courses. Over the last several years, distinguished anthropologists who have taught in the department include Prof. Sidney W. Mintz from Johns Hopkins University, Prof. Edward M. Bruner from the University of Illinois, Professors James L. and Rubie S. Watson from Harvard University, Prof. Helen F. Siu from Yale University, and Prof. Morikawa Makio from Doshisha University in Kyoto. Each year, many distinguished anthropologists visit the department to give lectures and meet with students and faculty; in 2000-2001, these visitors came from institutions such as Harvard, the Australian National University, the University of Tokyo, the Sorbonne, Copenhagen, Stanford, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Japanese National Museum of Ethnology.
Faculty and student interests cover a range of anthropological fields, from gender to economic development to ethnicity. Current faculty and student research includes cultural identity, urban neighborhoods, women and the construction of gender identity, Chinese popular religion, China's minorities, food culture in Asia, culture and tourism, and the prehistoric cultures in South China.
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