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Death here and now: Intimacy and politics in an ethnobiographical and photographic film

Thanatic Ethics Winter Webinar Series – Talk 2

Date: 4 February 2022 (Friday)

Time: 10 -11 AM CET (5 -6 PM HKT)

Title: Death here and now: Intimacy and politics in an ethnobiographical and photographic film  (in French and English)

Includes film clips from ‘Quel côté de l’absence?’ (with subtitles in English)


Valérie Cuzol (Max Weber Centre, France)

Frédéric Lecloux (Photographer and documentary maker)


To see the full abstract and bio of the speaker, please visit Thanatic Ethics’s website.

線上講座 – 第二媒介時代的動漫文化:從二次元戀愛談起



日期:2021年12月9日  (星期四)

時間:下午15:30 – 17:00




會議ID:988 5360 1518



二次元戀愛和萌系女佛為何會與「社會的遊戲化」扯上關係?初音未來何以會是一種「生產性消費」(prosumption)的產物?社交媒體和網誌文化又如何影響香港漫畫家智海和江康泉的動漫創作?本講座將以波斯特(Mark Poster)的信息方式和第二媒介時代理論入手,探討2000年代以來東亞動漫文化與媒介環境之間複雜微妙的互動關係。





Webinar – Dear Hong Kong: Celebrating Diversity in Asia’s World City

Speakers: Oskar Valles, Aggie Lam and guests

Date: 10 December 2021 (Friday)

Time: 15:30 – 16:30

Zoom Link:

Zoom Meeting ID: 995 4126 0267

This webinar is part of the event series Otherness and Belonging in Hong Kong.



Dear Hong Kong, is a photo book of 200 pages featuring inspiring people from different countries, all living in Hong Kong, and their contribution to our city. The final goal of the project is to show the cultural diversity of the city through personal stories that inspire, promote inclusivity, break existing stereotypes and widen horizons.

About the speakers:

Oskar Valles

After 9 years in Hong Kong Oskar wants to give back to the city doing a project to increase social awareness in diversity and inclusion. He deeply believes in the unity of all humans, regardless of race, occupation, religion, or any other excuses people sometimes use to separate themselves from others.

Aggie Lam

Aggie’s life mission is to collect and discover as many inspiring stories as possible. She’s driven to slowly influence people around her to be more compassionate in order to achieve mutual understanding and respect among people across different backgrounds. She currently works in a social enterprise focusing on cultural education.

Webinar – In local exclusivity lies global inclusion : The relational ontology of asylum-seekers, refugees and the local community in a Hong Kong walled village

Speaker: Dr. Isabella Ng

Moderator: Dr. Alex Chan

Date: 3 December 2021 (Friday)

Time: 15:30 – 16:30pm

Zoom Link:

Zoom Meeting ID: 972 2952 3801

This webinar is part of the event series Otherness and Belonging in Hong Kong.



Dr. Ng’s project is an 24 month ethnographic study in the ethnic cluster of rural Hong Kong. Through in-depth interviews with 80 asylum-seekers and refugees, local walled villagers who live with the groups in the villages, as well as interviews with NGOs, social workers and legislators who work with the groups, the project examines the relationship between the local community and the asylum-seekers and refugees in post-colonial Hong Kong. Drawing on relational ontology, Dr. Ng examines the interactions and interrelations between these groups amidst social, structural and historical changes.



Dr. Isabella Ng is the Assistant Professor and Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) in the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. She receives her PhD in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. She focuses her research on Gender and Development in Asia, Feminist Geography, Feminist Research methods, anthropology of migration; migrants and diaspora, rural villages in Hong Kong and China and media studies, by drawing mainly on her training in anthropological research methods.


Dr. Alex Chan is a lecturer in Soka University, teaching Sociology of Globalisation and transnational migration. He was previously teaching in the Education University of Hong Kong on Media, International Relations, and Sociology. A renowned journalist in Malaysia, he received his PhD in Sociology of Media in Doshisha University in Japan. He has been actively advocating for the asylum-seekers and refugees issues and is an executive committee member of The Hong Kong Society for Asylum seekers and Refugees.

Filming Screening – Djembe in the 13 Streets and Walled Village

Both these award-winning short films explore the relationship between the local Chinese and other ethnic groups living in Hong Kong. Walled Village tells the story of an university professor Isabella Ng and Tariq Mehmood, a Pakistani asylum-seeker who co-founded a society with other asylum-seekers and Hong Kong students to support the needs of the asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong. Djembe in the 13 Streets (2019) explores the relationship between the growing African population in Hong Kong and the local Chinese.

These events are part of the event series Otherness and Belonging in Hong Kong.

Director – Brian Hung

Dr Brian Hung graduated from the School of Film and Television of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and received a Master’s Degree in Studio Art: Art in Media from New York University. He is the recipient of Jack Goodman Scholarship from NYU. He also has an EdD from The Education University of Hong Kong. Dr Hung’s creative outputs are focused on documentaries, short films and stories. His works have been selected by various international film festivals and exhibitions around the world, including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United States.

Moderator – Indie Chung

Indie Chung is a multi-visual educator and a trainer. A trained psychologist from HKU and Oxford, he has been working in different businesses and writing columns ranging in subjects from Arts to empowered skills training.

Djembe in the 13 Streets

Winner of the Social Change Award at the Asian American Film Festival, 2020 in Philadelphia, USA

Date: 19 Nov 2021 (Fri)

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Moderator: Indie Chung

Film details:


Walled Village

Winner of the Gold Remi award in Documentary Shorts at the 51st Worldfest in Houston, USA and the Official selection, Documentaries of the World at the 42nd Montreal World Film Festival, Canada

Date: 26 Nov 2021 (Fri)

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Moderator: Indie Chung