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Yale-China Fireside Chat with Siumi Maria Tam

A Gendered Heritage: Hoklo Salty Tea in Hong Kong": Fireside Chat with Siumi Maria Tam

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 | 4:30-6:00pm

Yale-China Association 442 Temple Street New Haven, CT 06520

"Professor Siumi Maria Tam, an anthropologist at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will share her groundbreaking research on the Hoklo communities in Hong Kong with a particular emphasis on their distinctive salty tea culinary traditions. Professor Tam will explore the engaging narrative of how this broader food heritage significantly influences Hoklo notions of gender, family structure, and the role of women in their society. The Hoklo are a Han Chinese ethnic minority that speak a unique Min Nan dialect and are well-known for their migratory communities in Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia."

Siumi Maria Tam is an Associate Professor of Anthology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong with research interests that include cultural identity, family, and work, especially in relation to migration and concepts of gender in Chinese societies. Dr. Tam joined the CUHK Department of Anthropology in 1989 before finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992. Her recent research focuses on the ideology and practice of family membership among men and women, particularly as manifested in mistress-keeping across the Hong Kong-China border. Presently, she is editing a book on the women of South China, and another one on the change in Tung Chung before and after the construction of the Chek Lap Kok Airport.

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