Questioning the received notion of Chinese culture as particularly reverent toward the elderly through a rigorous examination of the historical record, while studying how attitudes and behavior toward the elderly have changed over the past fifty years.
The Research Institute for the Humanities (RIH) would conduct the Mellon Medical Humanities Project with the theme “Border Crossing, Piloting, Aging” as responding to overall focus topic of the project on “aging”, in which we aim at examining the respectful elderly-caring culture which commonly perceived in traditional Chinese society and its actual practice in modern society through aspects like history, sociology, anthropology and gerontology.....
Public Lecture "Romancing or Lamenting: Women’s Reflections on Aging and Bodily Change in Qing China"
Date: 1 Jun 2016 Speaker: Prof. Grace Fong, McGill University Prof. Grace Fong has given a public lecture aging and bodily change of women in Qing China. Through analysis of the poems of women, she has given a picture of the discursive patterns, topical range, and embedded social and medical meanings in women’s experiences of and reflections on old age and associated bodily changes.
Date: 15 Apr 2016 Aging issue is one of the major challenges facing most of the developed countries and cities. The current institutional response is dominated by pragmatic, quantifying and hence de-humanizing approaches, which are assumed to be the antidotes to the aging problems. Under this framework, elderly are objectified, and they fall into a dualistic and opposite relationship with the society. The workshop has aimed in exploring this aging issue from different perspectives
Date: 18–21 Feb 2016 As an extension to the Medical Humanities Research, the RIH has proposed a new collaborative project named “Health, Humanities, and Historical Memory” with the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals of Hong Kong. In Feb 2016, we have co-organized the “Nurturing Life in Time: Exploring Medicine and Humanities through the Historical Sites and Archives of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals” with the College of Public Health at National Taiwan University.
Date: 14, 15, 21, 22 Aug, In our collaborative seminar series offered in the College of Public Health at National Taiwan in 2015, we have invited Prof. Ann Waltner and Prof. M.J Maynes from the Department of History at the Minnesota University and Prof. Ho Pui Yin (CUHK team) and Dr. John Lee of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals to give lectures related to the phrases of life and aging.
Prof. Gordon Mathews has represented the team in CUHK to deliver a lecture "The Post-Death Life in the Japan, the United States, and China" in the Medical Humanities Summer Institute at Dartmouth in Jul 2015.
Collective Support for Extended Family life in Need -- "Rock Me to the Moon" Film showing and Dialogue
The event is held on 9 March 2015 intending to explore a specific topic of the collective support Taking six years into making, the documentary Rock Me to the Moon (2013) moves around six fathers, age averaged at 52, all with children with rare diseases which consumed their energies and drained their emotions. However, these men use unparalleled patience and love to take care of their children while working full time to support the family.
In August 2014, we would initiate the project by co-organizing a special seminars series on the theme “Aging Well and Dying Well” in National Taiwan University. Prof. Hsiung Ping-chen and Prof. Gordon Mathews will be giving lectures on the theme of “Historical and Cultural Context of Health Behaviors” and “Life after Death and Its Relation to Life before Death in the Japan, the United States, and China”.
What can analyses of personal narratives inform us about the relationships between the individual, the family and society? How do historical narratives serve as devices that frame, and are challenged by, individual life stories? How has the thickening age bracket of the elderly population since the 1980s, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, affected social and economic well-being of the broader population? What are the key differences between the new wave of 18th-century “self-care” texts that ...