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Prof. WU  Ka Ming

Prof. WU Ka Ming

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Anthropology), Columbia University

M. Phil. (Anthropology), Columbia University.

M. Phil. (Gender Studies/Government and Public Administration), CUHK

B. Soc.Sc. (Government and Public Administration), CUHK


胡嘉明於美國哥倫比亞大學人類學系畢業,現為香港中文大學文化與宗教學系助理教授。
胡嘉明專注研究當代中國的現代性及其文化政治,以及國家與社會關係。

 

她的首部專著
Reinventing Chinese Tradition: Cultural Politics of Late Socialism (University of Illinois Press),通過分析政府、旅遊資本、知識份子話語、與農民的鄉村建設如何透過重新敘述民間文化而協商角力,探討當代中國民間文化的再現與實踐。

 

她的第二本專著《廢品生活:垃圾場上的經濟,社群與空間》透過垃圾圍城的社會文化現象進一步分析中國現代性的發展矛盾。她最新的研究聚焦在城市的志願文化,探討盛世中國的公共文化政治與新型的國家公民關係。

 

WU Ka-ming is Assistant Professor of Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her new book Reinventing Chinese Tradition: Cultural Politics of Late Socialism (University of Illinois Press) examines how folk cultural traditions become battlegrounds where conflicts among the state, market forces, and intellectuals in search of an authentic China play out in contemporary Yan’an, China.

Reinventing Chinese Tradition

The Cultural Politics of Late Socialism

An eye-opening study of an evolving culture and society within contemporary China
 

The final destination of the Long March and center of the Chinese Communist Party's red bases, Yan'an acquired mythical status during the Maoist era. Though the city's significance as an emblem of revolutionary heroism has faded, today's Chinese still glorify Yan'an as a sanctuary for ancient cultural traditions.


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She has another new book The Life of Waste: Economy, Community and Space in a Beijing Scavengers’ site (Chinese University Press), which investigates a scavenger community and the cultural economy of waste in outskirt Beijing.

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廢品生活

垃圾場的經濟、社群與空間

胡嘉明、張劼穎
Bordertown Thinker Series
The Chinese University Press
 

本書一系列田野考察呈現和講述在經濟迅速發展之下、北京城鄉廢品從業者的生活世界,並將垃圾視作參與社會政治關係的物質,審視它如何有機地參與在中國的轉型社會過程:階層斷裂、政策壁壘、城鄉經濟文化差異、農民工流動性和城鄉隔閡,糾纏在一起。


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Research Interests

Cultural politics of state and society, citizen-making and identity politics, politics of tradition, gender and nationalism, waste and society, non-human turn of humanities 

 

List of Research Outputs

1. Books

Ka-ming Wu. 2015. Reinventing Chinese Tradition: The Cultural Politics of Late Socialism. Urbana Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

(Nominated for the 2016 Francis L.K Hsu Book Prize at the Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropological Association)

 

Ka-ming Wu and Zhang Jieying. 2016. Feiping Shenghuo: Lajichang de Jingji, Shequn Yu Kongjian (2016) (Living with Waste: Economies, Communities and Spaces of Waste Collectors in China). Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.

 

2. Articles and Chapters in Referred Journals and Referred Books

Ka-ming Wu and Zhang Jieying. Forthcoming. Waste Pickers in a Chinese Megacity: the Invisible Waste Reduction Group. Anthropology News. Wiley Online Library.

 

Ka-ming Wu and Ray Lai Kwok Wai. Forthcoming. Zhuang Xianggangren zai Yuanzhuang Xianggangren de Shidai (Pseudo Hong Kongers in the age of Nativist Hong Kongers). Journal of Local Discourse. Taipei: Azoth books.

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2016. “Farming Against Real Estate Dominance: The Ma Shi Po Community Farm in Hong Kong.” In Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles and Ethical Consumption, edited by Tania Lewis, pp. 169-184. New York: Routledge.

 

Juan Chen, Deborah Davis, Ka-ming Wu, Haijing Dai. 2015. Life Satisfaction in Urbanizing China: The Effect of City Size and Pathways to Urban Residency. Cities 49: 88–97.

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2015. Paper-cuts in Modern China: The Search for Modernity, Cultural Tradition and Women’s Liberation. Modern China 41 (1): 90-127

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2013. Post-socialist State Gymnasts: Ceremonial Hostess and Hyper-femininity. Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies 93: 283-207

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2013. Muqin, Bentu Zunguixing He Houzhimin Xianggang (Mother and Nativist Respectability in Post-colonial Hong Kong. Journal of Local Discourse 2012: Government and Business Collusion, Ma Ka Fai, Leung Man To, Wong Wai Lun and Chan Chi Kit eds, pp. 161-168. Taipei: Azoth books.

 

Juan Chen, Ka-ming Wu and Pauline Sung. 2012. Families On The Move: Challenge, Strategies And Implication. China Journal of Social Work 5 (2): 109-122

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2012. Neidi Yunfu Chanzi: Zhonggang Kuaijing Xia De Jieji Wenti Yu Shenfen Rentong Zhengzhi (Mainland Mothers Delivering Babies in Hong Kong: Class and Identity Issues Across Hong Kong and China). Journal of Local Discourse 2011: Gender and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Ma Ka Fai, Leung Man To, Wong Wai Lun, eds., pp. 63-72. Taipei: Azoth books.

 

Ka-ming Wu, Juan Chen, Pauline Sung. 2011. Reuniting Family among Rural Migrants in Beijing. Ethnology 50 (4): 305-318

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2011. Tradition Revival with Socialist Characteristics: Propaganda Storytelling Turned Spiritual Service in Rural Yan’an” The China Journal 66: 101-118.

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2007. Monuments Of Grief: Village Politics In Post-Socialist Rural China. Ethnology 46 (1), 41-56.

 

Pun Ngai and Ka-ming Wu. 2004. Lived Citizenship and Lower Class Chinese Migrant Women: A Global City without its People.  In Remaking Citizenship in Hong Kong: Community, Nation and the Global City, Agnes Ku and Ngai Pun eds., pp 125-140. London: Routledge.

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2004. “Discourse of Baau Yih Naai (Keeping Concubines): Questions of Citizenship and Identity in Postcolonial Hong Kong” in Gender and Change in Hong Kong: Globalization, Post-colonialism, and Chinese Patriarchy, Eliza W.Y. Lee, ed. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

 

3. Books Reviews

Wong Pik Wan and Ka-ming Wu. 2012. Helen F. Siu, ed. Merchants’ Daughters: Women, Commerce, and Regional Culture in South China. In China Review International 18 (2): 240-242.

 

Ka-ming Wu. 2006. Ku, Hok-Bun. Moral Politics in a South Chinese Village: Responsibility, Reciprocity and Resistance. In Social Transformations in Chinese Societies 2: 222-225.

 

4. Manuscripts in Progress

Ka-ming Wu. Elegant and Militarized: Ceremonial Volunteers and the Making of New Woman Citizens. Article revised and resubmitted to Journal of Asian Studies.

 

Ka-ming Wu. Scavenge to Gain Autonomy: Waste Pickers and Living with Waste in Beijing, China. Article submitted to American Ethnologist.

 

Check more on: http://cuhk.academia.edu/KamingWu/