Professor Emma Teng (fourth from right) and faculty members of the Department of History


鄧津華教授(右四)與歷史系教研人員

Date: 12 Apr 2018 (Thursday)

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Renowned scholar explores social issues of Eurasians

知名學者分析歐亞混血兒的社會議題

The Department of History invited Professor Emma Teng of Massachusetts Institute of Technology as guest speaker of Professor Chang Chuen Memorial Public Lecture on 10 April. The topic was “Becoming Eurasian: The Establishment of The Welfare League and Eurasian Identity in Inter-war Hong Kong”.  
 
In the lecture Professor Teng examined the founding of Hong Kong’s Welfare League in 1929, led by a group of prominent Eurasians in the colony. Many prominent Eurasians in the colony publicly claimed a Chinese identity, both as a means to escape colonial racism and as a means of upward mobility in order to fight for broader social changes. 
 
Professor Teng further elaborated on an “ethnic shift” that took place among Hong Kong's Eurasian community around the time of the formation of the Welfare League, leading many in the younger generation to publicly embrace a “Eurasian” identity. To conclude, Professor Teng discussed the identity and role of Eurasians and how they tried to secure their positions and values. 
 
The Professor Chang Chuen Memorial Public Lecture Series is financed by the endowment fund set up by the family of the late Professor Chang Chuen, the founding Head of the Department of History, and his former students and colleagues to recognise his valuable contribution to the Department. 
 

歷史系於4月10日舉行章群教授紀念公開學術講座,邀請美國麻省理工學院鄧津華教授,以「Becoming Eurasian: The Establishment of The Welfare League and Eurasian Identity in Inter-war Hong Kong」為題,擔任演講嘉賓。
 
在講座中,鄧教授講述在1929年一群在香港具社會地位的歐亞混血兒共同成立香港同仁會。她指出,許多歐亞混血兒於殖民時期公開宣稱中國人的身份,目的是為了擺脫殖民地種族主義,爭取更廣泛的社會變革,並幫助自己向上流動。
 
鄧教授指出,同仁會成立的前後時期,香港的歐亞混血兒群體對其種族和身份的看法起了變化,使不少年輕一代樂於公開混血兒的身份。總結時,她亦討論了有關歐亞混血兒的身份認同問題及扮演的角色,以及他們如何爭取社會地位及價值認同。
 
「章群教授紀念公開學術講座」由歷史系創系系主任章群教授的家人、舊生和同事共同捐款成立,以表彰已故章教授所作出的重大貢獻。