CHEUNG Chin Hung Sidney 張展鴻

Research Projects


  • Fishpond in the Marsh: An Ethnography Study of Fishing Industry in Inner Deep Bay
  • CHEUNG Chin Hung Sidney
    1 April 2003
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Today, Hong Kong’s only world class wetland conservation site, Mai Po, together with its surroundings, is facing an immeasurable threat resulting from many factors: infrastructural development, aging of the local community, pollution, and fish market competition from mainland China. The impact might bring the decline of the traditional fishing industry, which might even cause the loss of one of Hong Kong’s traditional occupations in the area. The outcomes should not be overlooked. In ten years, we will have less than half of the existing fishponds under operation, while some portions of the land might have gone to infrastructural and residential development. Even though, a large area of marsh will probably be contributed for wetland conservation in exchange for residential development from other developers, there is no overall plan for the natural heritage conservation as well as a sustainable development guideline in the above wetland area. What will happen when all aged farmers cannot work? Who is going to take over the traditional fishpond cultivation so that migratory birds can still come to rest and be fed by food from the fishponds? In order to have a holistic understanding of the socio-historic development of the Inner Deep Bay, and the study of fishing industry should be one the best showcases for relevant conservation issues in Hong Kong. In this project, I seek to document the freshwater fishpond cultivation as a traditional occupation in the area, and to examine the history and social change of the fishing community in Inner Deep Bay, especially the development including rise and decline of the industry during the last few decades. (SS02505)


  • Media Representations and Identity Politics of Transborder Marriage in Hong Kong and China
  • MA Kit Wai, CHEUNG Chin Hung Sidney (Dept of Anthropology), FUNG Anthony*
    1 December 2001
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    This is a comparative analysis of the interactive relationship between media representations and social practices of transborder marriages in Hong Kong and China. This project adopts and interdisciplinary approach which combines theories and methods in media studies, sociology and anthropology. Firstly, the researchers will carry out textual analyses of transborder representations which include stereotypes of mainland people in the Hong Kong media and stereotypes of Hong Kong people in the mainland Chinese media. Secondly, the study will investigate the patterns of transborder migration and marriage in terms of the socioeconomic background of marriage partners. Thirdly, through ethnographic interviews and visits, this study will explore the reciprocal cultural dynamics of how micro identity politics are shaped before and after transborder marriages, and are being shaped by macro media cultures across the China-Hong Kong border. This study will contribute to the theorizing of mediated identity politics in media and cultural studies. It will display the interaction among media representations, cultural conflicts, class consciousness, social mobility, China-Hong Kong identity politics and everyday rituals. (SS01318)


  • The Threat of Obsolescence to Freshwater Fish Farming in Hong Kong
  • CHEUNG Chin Hung Sidney
    1 September 2005
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Hong Kong.s freshwater fish farming industry is facing the threat of obsolescence as a result of many factors, such as infrastructure development, the aging of the local fishing community, pollution, and competition from mainland China. The impact of these factors may bring about the decline of the fish farming industry, and may cause the total loss of one of Hong Kong.s traditional occupations. This would not only mean the loss of the traditional freshwater/brackish fish farming industry, which was such an important part of the postwar social and economic development of contemporary Hong Kong society but also the loss of the important role that the fish farming industry plays in the maintenance of the nature heritage of the wetlands of Hong Kong, which serve as vital refueling stations for many migratory birds that travel between the North and the South every year. In this project, I examine the historical background of this traditional industry to better understand how the social development and local and environmental politics regarding the operation and management of commercial fishponds contribute to wetland conservation and the development of cultural tourism. Taking the long-term operation of commercial fishponds as an example of sustainable natural heritage preservation, I aim to show how the local ecology is socio-culturally related to its surrounding communities, and to explain why freshwater fishpond farming is an essential ingredient in the sustainable development policy of Hong Kong. (CU05592)



Research Publications


  • "Beyond the Korean Wave: Market Value Studies in Hong Kong of Korean (in Korean)." 韓國文化 (Seoul, South Korea: Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, Seoul National University) vol.38 (Dec 2006), pp.485-497



  • "Book review on Village Life in Hong Kong: Politics, Gender, and Ritual in the New Territories, James L. Watson and Rubie S. Watson, Hong Kong: Chinese University press, 2004." traditional dwellings and settlements review (Berkeley, United States of America) vol.16 no.2 (Apr 2005), pp. 96-97
    (CUHK Library Call No: ARL Periodical HT51 .T72)



  • "Cantonese Cuisine in Post-1997 Hong Kong." Paper presented in the 9th Symposium on Chinese Dietary Culture, organized by Foundation of Chinese Dietary Culture, Tainan, 11 Nov 2005



  • "Consuming "low" cuisine after Hong Kong's handover: Village banquets and private kitchens." asian studies review (Australia: Routledge) vol.29 no.3 (Sep 2005), pp.259-273.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical DS1 .A78; Available Online)



  • "Consuming 'Low' Cuisine after Hong Kong's Handover: Village Banquets and Private Cuisine." Paper presented in the Sea Corridors to Join Asia and the World: Encounters between Cultures, Symposium Series 1, organized by The Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies, Kansai University, Japan, 2007.



  • "Fish in the Marsh: A case study of freshwater fish farming in Hong Kong." Food and Foodways in Asia: Resource, Tradition, and Cooking [London, United Kingdom: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)], ed. by Sidney C H Cheung and Tan Chee Beng. pp.37-50. 2007.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Reserve GT2853.A78 F66 2007)



  • "Food and Cuisine in a Changing Society: Hong Kong." The Globalization of Chinese Food ed. by WU, Y.H. David and CHEUNG, C.H. Sidney. pp.100-112. Surrey, UK and Honolulu, USA: Curzon Press and University of Hawaii Press, 2002.03.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL GT2853.C6 G56 2002; UL Reserve GT2853.C6 G56 2002)



  • "Hakka Restaurants: A Study of the Consumption of Food in Post-war Hong Kong Society." Changing Chinese Foodways in Asia ed. by WU Y.H. David and TAN Chee-beng, pp.81-95. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2001.09.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Reserve GT2853.A8 C492 2001; UL HK Studies GT2853.A8 C492 2001; NA General Education GT285.A8 C492 2001)



  • "Heritage Preservation and Tourism Development in Hong Kong." Paper presented in the International Conference on Tourism in Asia: New Trends, New Perpectives, organized by Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, 10 June 2006



  • "Heritage Preservation and Tourism Development in Hong Kong." Paper presented in the EnviroSeries 2006 Conference on Discovering Green and Heritage Tourism - The Path to Sustainable Tourism, organized by Business Environment Council, Hong Kong, 7 March 2006



  • "Japanese Fans of Asian Cultures: Hong Kong and Cyber Networks." (co-authored with KAWAGUCHI Mitsuo) (in Japanese) Intriguing Asia (tokyo, Japan) vol.34 (Dec 2001), pp.128-138
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical DS1 .A35)



  • "Land Use and Fung-Shui: Negotiation in the New Territories, Hong Kong." Cultural Survival Quarterly (USA) vol.25 issue 2 (May 2001), pp.70-71
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical GN380 .N478)



  • "The Politics of Wetlandscape in Hong Kong: Migration, Food Production and Development of Local Communities." International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) co-organized by IIAS, AAS and European Science Foundation (ESF) Asia Committee, held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2 August 2007



  • "Preservation and Tourism Development in Hong Kong: An Anthropological Perspective." Tourism, Anthropology and China ed. by Tan Chee Beng, Sidney C.H. Cheung and Yang Hui. pp.257-270. Bangkok: White Lotus Press, 2001.06.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL G155.C5 T68 2001; UL reserve G155.C5 T68 2001)



  • "Remembering through Space: A Communal Hall in Post-Colonial Hong Kong." Traditional Dwellings and Settlements [Berkeley, USA: IASTE (International Association for the Study of Traditional Environment)] vol.130 (Dec 2000), pp.29-41
    (CUHK Library Call No: ARL Periodical HT51 .T73)



  • "Remembering through Space: The Politics of Heritage in Hong Kong." International Journal of Heritage Studies (United Kingdom: Routledge/Taylor & Francis) vol.9 no.1 (March 2003), pp.7-26.
    (CUHK Library Call No: ARL Periodical CC135 .I596; Available Online)



  • "Traditional Dwellings with Rare Plant: Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung, Hong Kong." Contours: Newsletter of the Ecumenical Coalition on Third World Tourism (Hong Kong: Ecumenical Coalition on Third World Tourism) vol.11 no.3 Oct 2001), pp.8-11



  • "Traditional Dwellings, Conservation and Land Use: A Study of Three Villages in Sai Kung, Hong Kong." Journal of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society) vol.43 (2005), pp.1-14.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical DS1 .R57; Available Online)



  • "Traditional Settlements and Environmental Change: A Research Plan on Sai Kung, Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHEUNG Frederick and LAU Yee-Cheung) Paper presented in the Conference on Environment & Culture in Urban Contexts: Beijing, Hong Kong and New York. Hong Kong, May 2001



  • "Visualizing Marriage in Hong Kong." Visual Anthropology (Special Issue on Wedding Photography in East Asia) (U.S.A.: Routledge) vol.19 no.1 (2006), pp.21-37
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical GN347 .V57; Available Online)



  • "Wetland Tourism in Hong Kong: From birdwatcher to mass ecotourists."Asian Tourism: Growth and Change (London, United Kingdom: Elsevier Sciences B.V.) ed. by Janet Cochrane (2008), pp.259-267
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Reserve G155.A74 A85 2008)



  • 〈淺談香港新界后海灣淡水魚養殖業的歷史及其社區發展〉,見《HKIAPS Occasional Paper》 第160卷 (2005年10月),頁20



  • 《漁翁移山 : 香港本土漁業民俗誌》,香港:上書局出版社,2009


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