PAST FeatuRES (2014)

Summer Field Trip

Text: Lam Ka Lok
Edit: Prof. Maria Tam

The Department of Anthropology at CUHK carries out the summer field trip every year. The summer field trip aims at extending the study to other societies. To gain in-depth experience from other culture, the students are instructed to study in different topics, finish the research in small groups. With the guidance of the teachers and assistance from the teaching assistants and co-organising units, the students are allowed to practice the anthropological research methods, including conducting systematic observation, documentation and interviews in the field. After the trip, the students will also share the learning outcomes with the university community by analyzing the field findings, writing an study report and conducting an exhibition at the New Asia College Hui’s Gallery in the fall semester.

Fieldwork is the major research method in anthropology. Anthropologists use participant observation in the field to generate first hand information of informants’ lifestyle and socio-cultural behavior. To obtain a profound and holistic understanding of a culture, it takes an extended period of time, ranging from months to years, to complete a fieldwork.

Though the two-week-long summer field trip might not be sufficient for our students to conduct an in-depth survey for a society, it could develop the basic technique of the socio-cultural research. Other culture is like a mirror; it encourages the students to reflect on their own culture and society by acknowledging the differences. With the reflection, the students will keep an open mind and build up a new, objective understanding of themselves, the society and the world.

In the early days, the research targets were mainly ethnic minority societies in China. As the society starts to recognize the academic value and impact of the subject, there are more and more organisations are willing to make generous donations, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong New Asia College, the Hui Yeung Shing Memorial Foundation and the Lee Hysan Foundation. The students are able to visit farther urban and rural societies, including Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. The diverse research topics include “Multiculturalism, Migration and Transnationalism in Australia”, “Japan – Cityscapes, Food Culture, Cultural Presentation and the Worlds of Youth”, “Vietnam – Socialism and Globalization” and “Nagoya, Japan – Knowledge Transfer”.




文: 林嘉洛
編輯: 譚少薇教授




早年的田野考察地點以中國大陸少數民族地區為主。隨著人類學教研成果和學科價值為社會所認識,慷慨資助暑期田野考察的單位也有所增加,包括香港中文大學新亞書院、許讓成紀念基金、利希慎基金會等;而受惠同學也可以走得更遠。 我們所到考察地點,包括澳洲、日本、馬來西亞、台灣、泰國、土耳其及越南等多個城市與農村,研究主題涵蓋甚廣,例如「多元文化主義、遷移與跨國主義在澳洲」、「日本:都市、飲食文化、文化表述與青少年的世界」、「越南:社會主義與全球化」及「日本名古屋:知識傳承」等。




Sichuan – Tibetan and Yi (1994)
四川 – 藏族與彝族 (1994)
Inner Mongolia – Hinggan (1997)
內蒙古自治區 – 興安盟 (1997)
Australia – Multiculturalism, Migration and Transnationalism in Australia (2006)
澳洲 – 多元文化主義、遷移與跨國主義在澳洲 (2006)
Japan – Cityscapes, Food Culture, Cultural Presentation and the Worlds of Youth (2008)
日本 – 都市、飲食文化、文化表述與青少年的世界 (2008)