The Hong Kong Anthropological Society
(HKAS) has given honorable mentions in its annual Student
Paper Awards to former UST undergraduates Kee Man Leung
and Ching Chau.
The pair followed the Humanities 256 program
under Prof Tik Sang Liu, which offers an anthropological
perspective on the relationships between popular religion
and other socio-cultural institutions in Southern China.
Chau, an MA student in the Division of Humanities, finds
anthropology very interesting. She chose the local traditional
activity of “cursing the wicked” as her topic. “Though
this is often considered superstitious, I think this
is a good way to give vent to your feelings,” she
her paper cited by the HKAS, Kee Man, an Accounting
major, interpreted how the gods and goddesses of a small
shrine in Shatin relate and function in community life.
Kee Man said: "I believe studying people’s
behaviors in this context is meaningful as it helps
us be aware of others' motives as well as to understand
family and society structures."
The awards were presented to the winners
by Dr Lynne Nakano, Chair of the HKAS, at the Hong Kong
Museum of History on 24 November.