Talk: Village Herbal Tea Stories!


4 Nov 2023




Activity Room, Hong Kong Space Museum # #


Prof. Sidney C.H. CHEUNG (Department of Anthropology, CUHK)

Biography of Speaker:

Prof. Sidney C.H. Cheung received scholarships given by Japanese Government/Monbusho (1984-94) for his undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes and his anthropological training in Japan. He is the Professor and Director of the Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies. He has been doing research about freshwater fish farming in Hong Kong in order to understand the fishermen and their perspectives on environmental change, sustainable development and wetland conservation. Currently, he is working on an ongoing multi-site research project exploring the impact of the move of American crayfish from the U.S. to Asia and on the global consumption and production of crayfish in China, Japan, and the U.S. Besides academic publications, Cheung was co-hosting three RTHK radio/television programmes entitled: 《港飲食、講文化 (Hong Kong Foodways and Culture)》in 2004, 《文化非主流 (Culture Unconventional)》in 2005,《考飲考食》in 2017/2018 and《味之天下:中華色香味》in 2022 , through which he was able to bring anthropological perspectives to the mass public. Again, some of his research findings were used for the RTHK documentary series of 《香港故事 (Hong Kong Stories) 》 such as [年年有魚] and [東江逆流] in 2008.


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Event Details:

In addition to the common recipes we are familiar with, there are actually many regionally unique herbal tea recipes passed down among local villages in Hong Kong: Bitter Burdock Root, Aged Dried Radish, Hakka Salted Tea… These herbal tea recipes reflect the rural people’s wisdom of utilizing local resources.
However, as this city continues to thrive, the population in villages gradually decreases, and some of these rural herbal tea recipes have already been lost; only a few fortunate ones have been recorded by dedicated individuals and managed to be passed down to this day.


Date & Time: 4/11/2023 (Sat) 15:45-17:00
Venue: Activity Room, Hong Kong Space Museum # # (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)
Fee: Free of charge
Quota: 40 **
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Registration deadline: 2:00 PM, November 3, 2023.

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