Finding Alternatives to Urban Living: Hands-on Food Growing in H

Finding Alternatives to Urban Living: Hands-on Food Growing in H


Finding Alternatives to Urban Living: Hands-on Food Growing in H

Hong Kong Museum of History

Friday, 24 March 2017, 19:00


Event Details


Finding Alternatives to Urban Living: Hands-on Food Growing in Hong Kong

An anthropological talk by Shirley Hao-Tzu Ho
Friday, 24 March 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
All are welcome! (Space, however, is limited to 139 seats) The lecture is conducted in English

Farming activities in the city are often regarded as individual preferences. However, social and political-economic contexts might actually play an important role. This study explores the implications of the emergence of urban food growers by focusing on young farmers in Hong Kong, a densely populated capitalist city with high cost of living.

This research finds out that young farmers are motivated by reflections upon urban lifestyle. They discuss issues of human-environment relationship, community, local food and self-sufficient living. Despite low financial rewards, they adopt various strategies to establish ways of living which they think are meaningful, enjoyable and moral.

Nevertheless, young farmers often encounter difficulties which prevent them from beginning an alternative lifestyle or making it sustainable. Paying attention to the contexts that they are dealing with, this paper reexamines the value of economic incentive and reconsiders the tension between individual agency and social structure.

Hao-Tzu Ho is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Durham University and a visiting doctoral researcher at Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. Her current research focuses on urban development and alternative food networks.

Following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker. For more information, please contact Stan Dyer on 9746 9537 or
[email protected], www.cuhk.edu.hk/ant/hkas, www.facebook.com/hkanthro,@HKASTalks
* The Museum makes no representations on the content of this lecture.



Hong Kong Museum of History

100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong


View on Facebook

View more events at Hong Kong Museum of History

Upcoming Events in Tsim Sha Tsui


Leave a comment