Centre for Qualitative Social Research 質性社會研究中心

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INTRODUCTION

From the very beginning, the results of qualitative social research have played an important role in the development of sociology. While many tertiary institutions in Hong Kong have developed various social research centres, none of them specializes in promoting qualitative social research. It is against this background that the Department of Sociology took the initiative to establish the Centre for Qualitative Social Research in January 2006. The Centre is designed to encourage and coordinate qualitative research on important aspects of Hong Kong society and other societies.

OBJECTIVES

The centre is designed to achieve five objectives:

undertaking publication projects to enhance the research profile and culture in the Department of Sociology;

providing Research Practicum for students to improve their research experience and skills in collecting first-hand materials by doing face-to-face interviews, constructing case studies, recording oral histories, and personal histories;

establishing an archive by keeping the qualitative materials collected by the Centre for future use by colleagues and students;

organizing conference, symposium and seminars to provide a platform for academic exchange;

supporting the Department to develop local and global network with other academic institutions for collaborations.

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Annual Conference of the HKSA (December, 2015)


The theme of the conference – Sociological Imagination in a Pluralist World – is an invitation to explore the forces – politics, economics, social movements, policies and institutions – that drive the recognition and affirmation of diversity within society, and the problems that derive from the coexistence of different interests, belief systems, and lifestyles.

The conference hosts 17 panels with a total of 63 presenters from Hong Kong, the Mainland, and abroad. We are particularly proud that we have two keynote speakers for this year’s conference. Prof. Wong Siu-lun will be the keynote speaker for the morning session and Prof. Chua Bing Huat the keynote speaker in the afternoon.

Details

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Occasional Papers (Issue 16 published. March, 2015)


Joseph Tse-Hei LEE, Satish K. KOLLURI and PAN Zhen, China and India: Globalization with Different Paths (March 2015). [download]

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Hong Kong Sociological Association Public Seminars

Organizers:
Centre for Qualitative Social Research, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Hong Kong Sociological Association
Vision Book Café of Joint Publishing 

Schedule:


Seminar

 

1

Topic: The Challenge and Struggle of the New Generation of the Chinese Migrant Workers
Speaker: Pun Ngai (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Date: Mar 10, 2012

2

Topic: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Transnational Mothering: How Filipina Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong Perform their Mothering Using ICTs
Speaker: Odalia Wong (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Peng Yenni (Hong Kong Shue Yan University)
Date: May 12, 2012

3

Topic: Land and Development: Narrating the New Territories
Speaker: Cheung Siu Keung (Hong Kong Shue Yan University)
Date: Sep 8, 2012

4

Topic: How Hong Kong's Teenagers Talk about Love and Sex
Speaker: Annie Hau-nung Chan (Hong Kong Lingnan University)
Date: Oct 27, 2012

Time:
02:30 to 4:30 pm

Venue:
Vision Book Café, 2/F., 9 Queen Victoria Street, Central (MTR Central Exit C).

Language:
Cantonese

 


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Symposium on “China's Appeal and its Discontents”

Introduction

As China rises to prominence, current scholarship examines the strategies of appeal China has deployed to penetrate different parts of the globe at the expense of American dominance. One such strategy has been the rhetoric of “peaceful development” (hepingfazhan) and “harmonious society” (hexieshehuì), devised to ease anxieties about China’s global expansion, maintain authoritarian rule at home, and articulate an inclusive identity for its diverse populations. China still faces the problem of effective governance from within, for coinciding with its economic growth is the political awakening of its citizens and with it the rise of organized activism on an unprecedented level. Empirical studies increasingly reveal serious challenges to the one-party state including rights consciousness campaigns, labor disputes, ethnic conflicts, religion-state tensions, protests about the inadequacies of official disaster management, and cries for democratic governance. This symposium provided an interdisciplinary platform for scholars to examine the appeal of a rising China and the challenge of governance it faces in the early 21st century.

 

The Symposium

Day 1: June 20, 2011

9:15-9:45    Welcome & Opening

10:00-11:15  Panel 1: Historical Dimension

Michael SHENG, University of Akron, USA
Will China’s Rise Be Peaceful and Internally Harmonious?

Yanli GAO, Peking University, China
Religion and Politics

Martin FROMM, Bucknell University, USA
Politics of the WenshiZiliao Project in Contemporary China

Chair: On-Cho NG, Penn State University, USA

11:30-12:45 Panel 2: Body and Marginalization

Ka-Che YIP, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Health Care in a Hexie Society

Sharon R. WESOKY, Allegheny College, USA
Harmony and Critique

Raymond C.F. CHUI, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Nationality and Transnationalism of Chinese Migrants in New Zealand

Chair: Lida V. NEDILSKY, North Park University, USA

14:00-15:15   Panel 3: Religious Activism

Gerda WIELANDER, University of Westminster, UK
Amity Foundation

Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Pace University, USA
Church-State Accommodation in China’s “Harmonious Society”

Hon-Fai CHEN, University of Macau
From State Corpoartism to Empire Building

Chair: R. Gary TIEDEMANN, Oxford House Research Ltd.; Formerly SOAS,
University of London, UK

15:30-16:45   Panel 4: Labor and Politics of Recognition

Ying YU (Leihua YE), Nottingham University, UK
New Trends of Labour Contentions in Contemporary China

H. Christoph STEINHARDT, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Protest Events, a Harmonious Society, and the Transformation of Discourse on Popular Protest in China

Lu ZHANG, Temple University, USA
From Detroit to Shanghai?

Chair: Yinni PENG, Hong Kong Shue Yan University

17:00-17:45   Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Lida V. NEDILSKY, North Park University, USA

 

Day 2: June 21, 2011 (Tuesday)

10:00-11:30  Panel 5: China and Oversea Frontiers

Dajin PENG, University of South Florida, USA &
Wenqiang LI, Tianjin University, China
China’s Regional Strategy and the Responses from its Asian Neighbors

Siu-Keung, CHEUNG, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Reunification by Materials

Elena CAPRIONI, University of British Columbia, Canada
Examining the “Harmonious Society” through the Words of Young Hans in Urumqi, Xinjiang

Chair: Michael SHENG, University of Akron, USA

14:00-15:15   Panel 6: China’s Soft Power Expansion

Sanna KOPRA, University of Tampere, Finland
A Responsible Developing Country

Courtney RICHARDSON, Tufts University, USA
Addressing Discontents?

On-cho NG, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Harmony, Humanization and Human Rights

Chair: R. Gary TIEDEMANN, Oxford House Research Ltd.; Formerly SOAS, University of London, UK

15:30-16:45   Panel 7: Cyber Activism and Realities of China’s Rise

Kelvin Chi-Kin CHEUNG, University of Manchester, UK
China’s Rise and the Role of International Relations Study in Building its Soft Power

Lauren GORFINKEL, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Promoting a Harmonious China through Popular Music

Yangyue LIU, City University of Hong Kong
“Harmonious Society” Online

Chair: Martin FROMM, Bucknell University, USA

17:00-17:45   Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Lida V. NEDILSKY, North Park University, USA

 

Day 3: June 22, 2011

9:00-10:30    Panel 8: Regional Responses to China’s Rise

Sonny Shiu-Hing LO, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Challenging or Accommodating China?

Kam-Yee LAW, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Contrasting the Political Re-Presentation in Hong Kong and Macau HistoryMuseums after the Handovers to China

Itamar Y. LEE, Global Studeis of Institute, Hong Hong
From Great Wall to the Western Wall

Chair: Sharon R. WESOKY, Allegheny College, USA

11:00-12:00   Concluding Remarks and Action Plan

Chair: Siu-Keung CHEUNG, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Lida V. NEDILSKY, North Park University, USA
Joseph Tse-Hei LEE, Pace University, USA


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The 4th Conference on Hong Kong Culture and Society

The 4th Conference on Hong Kong Culture and Society: Hong Kong, Urban Development and Mass Media in conjunction with HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity Arts and Culture Centre, and the Hong Kong Urban Laboratory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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香港社會學學會公開講座 - 香港社會與都會文化

The Centre for Qualitative Social Research, Department of Sociology is of the honour to co-host the Hong Kong Sociological Association's Public Seminar 2009-2010 with Hong Kong Sociological Association and Vision Bookcafé -  Member of Joint Publishing. The Details are as follows:

2009年6月27日                        
題目: 香港校服的文化社會學    
講者: 趙明德 (香港浸會大學)    
主持: 張少強 (香港樹仁大學)                    

2009年9月26日
題目: 自助餐啟示錄: 消費社會的飲飲食食
講者: 馮一 (香港理工大學)
主持: 譚若梅 (香港理工大學)

2010年1月9日
題目: 香港的外籍家庭傭工:
...........從歷史的視野考察  
  
講者: Amy S. C. Sim (香港大學)  
主持: 何偉業 (香港教育學院)               
語言: 英語進行,粵語講解

2010年4月10日
題目: 論電影《葉問》的華人民族主義
講者: 張少強 (香港樹仁大學) 
..........羅永生 (香港嶺南大學)
主持: 林澤榮 (香港樹仁大學)

主辦機構
香港社會學學會
香港樹仁大學社會學系質性社會研究中心   
三聯書店‧創BOOKCAFE

時間: 下午2:30至4:00               
地點: 三聯書店‧創BOOKCAFE
中環域多利皇后街9號中商大廈2樓(港鐵中環站C出口)                                     
講座以粵語進行(另有註明除外)。
歡迎公眾參與。免費入場,座位先到先得。
詳情可見 http:// www.hksa.ust.hk
如有查詢可電郵香港樹仁大學社會學系張少強博士hksaps@hksyu.edu

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香港社會學學會公開講座

The Centre for Qualitative Social Research, Department of Sociology is of the honour to co-host the first Hong Kong Sociological Association's Public Seminar 2008 with Hong Kong Sociological Association and Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The Details are as follows:

香港社會學學會公開講座2008Click to enlarge

日期: 2008年2月16日 
時間: 下午2:30至4:00
地點: 香港理工大學HJ201
主題: 香港公眾社會學
講者: 吳俊雄 (香港大學)   馬傑偉 (香港中文大學)
主持: 佘雲楚 (香港理工大學)

日期: 2008年4月5日 
時間: 下午2:30至4:00
地點: 香港理工大學HJ201

主題: 超越國界的生活 : 新西蘭華人移民
講者: 崔志暉 (香港樹仁大學)  
主持: 梁漢柱 (香港浸會大學)

日期: 2008年6月7日 
時間: 下午2:30至4:00
地點: 香港理工大學HJ201
主題: 漢堡‧狗肉‧全球化 : 一個社會學者的飲食文
.........化想像

講者: 溤一沖 (香港理工大學)  
主持: 譚若梅 (香港理工大學)

日期: 2008年8月2日 
時間: 下午2:30至4:00
地點: 香港理工大學HJ201
主題: 焦慮與自困: 香港社會的精神狀態
講者: 呂大樂 (香港中文大學)
主持: 蔡玉萍 (香港中文大學)

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後九七香港與後殖民主義

質性社會研究中心公開講座

日期: 2007年12月20日
地點: 香港樹仁大學
題目: 後九七香港與後殖民主義
講者: 羅永生博士
主辦機構: 香港樹仁大學社會學系質性社會研究中心

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Terrorism and Global Politics

Seminar

Topic: Terrorism and Global Politics
Date: December 4, 2006
Venue: Hong Kong Shue Yan University.
Speaker: Prof. Harry Cliadakis, Pace University, New York City, USA
  Prof. Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Pace University, New York City, USA
 

Prof. Stefano Harney, Queen Mary, University of London, England

Host: Centre for Qualitative Social Research, Department of Sociology,
Shue Yan University, Hong Kong.

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Narrative Sociology and Life-story


Special Panel for Hong Kong Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2006

Topic: Narrative Sociology and Life-story
Date: 2nd December, 2006.
Venue:  Hong Kong Shue Yan University.
Organiser:

Centre for Qualitative Social Research, Department of Sociology,
Shue Yan University, Hong Kong.

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PUBLICATIONS


Social and Cultural Research

Occasional Paper Series


Social and Cultural Research is an occasional paper series that promotes the interdisciplinary study of social and historical change in Hong Kong, China and other parts of Asia.

Editors

Dr. Siu-Keung CHEUNG                    
Centre for Qualitative Social Research
Department of Sociology                   
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Hong Kong SAR, China

Prof. Joseph Tse-Hei LEE 
Centre for East Asian Studies
Department of History
Pace University
New York, USA

Prof. Harold TRAVER 
Centre for Qualitative Social Research
Department of Sociology                   
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Hong Kong SAR, China

Prof. Ronald K. FRANK
Centre for East Asian Studies
Department of History           
Pace University
New York, USA

Occasional Papers

1. Jessica WADE, China's Good Earth: From Urbanization to Rural Development under Hu Jintao's Administration ( December 2007)  [download]

2. Jeannie CHIU, Imaginary Neighbors: African American and Asian American Writers' Visions of China During the Cold War (January 2008)  [download]

3. Joseph Tse-Hei LEE, China's Third World Policy from the Maoist Era to the Present (March 2008) [download]

4. Raymond C. F. CHUI, Transnationalism and Migration: Chinese Migrants in New Zealand (July 2008) [download]

5. Zhao Ma, Runaway Wives and their Matchmakers: Lower Class Women's Networks in Beijing's Courtyard Tenements, 1928-1949 (September 2008) [download]

6. David J. KANG, The Unnoticed Battle against Yin's Yin: Opium, Women and Protestant Missionaries in Late Qing China (November 2008) [download]

7. Frans Paul van der PUTTEN, The EU Arms Embargo against China: Should Europe Play a Role in East Asian Security? (January 2009) [download]

8. John R. STANLEY, Christianity and Female Empowerment: The American Presbyterian Mission Schools in Weixian, Shandong Province (1883-1920) (April 2009) [download]

9. Siu-Keung CHEUNG, The Politics of Patriarchal Bargaining in a Chinese Village (December 2009) [download]

10. Hon-Fai CHEN, Civilization and Competition: Study Societies and State Formation in Late Qing China (December 2010) [download]

11. Joseph Tse-Hei LEE, Ronald K. FRANK, Renqiu YU, and Bing XU, From Philosopher to Cultural Icon: Reflections on Hu Mei’s “Confucius” (2010) (March 2011) [download]

12. Yoshio SHIBATA, Governing Employees: A Foucauldian Analysis of Deaths from Overwork in Japan (March 2012) [download]

13. Sanna Kopra, Is China a Responsible Developing Country? Climate Change Diplomacy and National Image Building (August 2012) [download]

14. Maja KOLMOS and Christopher ROSENMEIER, Central Government Poverty Policy and Local Deviation: A Comparison of Dibao Regulations across State Levels (October 2013) [download]

15. Joseph Tse-Hei LEE, Ronald K. FRANK, Hongling LYU, LI Po, and Ying WANG, Reflections on Literature: East and West (July 2014) [download]

16. Joseph Tse-Hei LEE, Satish K. KOLLURI and PAN Zhen, China and India: Globalization with Different Paths (March 2015). [download]

* The Occasional Paper Series can also be downloaded from the Digital Commons at Pace University.

Enquires

For more information please contact the editor, Dr. Siu Keung CHEUNG at skcheung@hksyu.edu

 

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The academic activities of the Centre for Qualitative Social Research have served to support the Department’s Research Practicum. The Research Practicum provides students with first-hand practical experience in conducting social research outside the classroom. The research projects were opened as Research Practicum for our students including:

2007

A two-month research project invited by the Hong Kong Economic Times. The research project investigated voter’s preferences in the District Council Election on a weekly basis. The research results from each week during the research period were published in eight issues of Take me Home.

A poll research on the District Council Election funded by the Hong Kong Survey Centre.

2008

A book publication project invited by the Shum Shui Po Community Association and funded by Operation Santa Claus. The resulting product was entitled Making New Sense of an Old District: Kowloon Chai, Community Practice and Non-Governmental Organization. (Hong Kong: A Step Forward Multimedia Company, 2008).

A poll research on the Legislative Council Election funded by the Hong Kong Survey Centre.

2010

A collaborative project with the Chung Ying Theatre Company to organize an Elderly Oral History Project for a public theatre.

A survey and interview research on travel subsidiaries invited by the Neighbour and Labour Service Centre for policy review.


2007

Prof. Johnson Marshall, the University of Wisconsin-Superior
Prof. Mary Purford, the University of Wisconsin-Superior

2008

Dr. Lida Nedlisky, Northpark University
Dr. Lisa Fischler, Moravian College
Ms. Hsieh Hsaio Yang, University Vincennes—Saint Denis Paris VIII

2009

Dr. Lisa Fischler, Moravian College
Dr. Sharon Wesoky, Allegheny College
Mr. Poalo Do, Management School, Queen Mary University
Ms. Hsieh Hsaio Yang, University Vincennes—Saint Denis Paris VIII

2010

Dr. Lida Nedlisky, Northpark University
Ms. Hsieh Hsaio Yang, University Vincennes—Saint Denis Paris VIII

2011

Prof. Lee, Tse Hei Joseph, Pace University
Ms. Hsieh Hsaio Yang, University Vincennes—Saint Denis Paris VIII