Maria is Associate Director of the Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media at CUHK’s Institute of Future Cities, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology. Her expertise is in ethnic relations and the sociocultural significance of human movement. Safe to say that Maria, born and bred in Hong Kong, was matched up with the study of anthropology by her times.
Prof Fanny Cheung barely took her seat when she started “protesting”; apparently too many interviewers were fixated merely on her early community work in women’s development. A trace of a smile on her lips, the petite professor slowly unravelled to us tales of her “extra-curricular activities”.
Yunus returned home from the United States in the 1970s to teach. In 1974, Bangladesh suffered from widespread famine. While passionate about education, Yunus could not help but wonder – should he be getting out of the classroom instead of staying an armchair strategist? “But where do I begin?”
A lack of interaction creates misunderstanding, as with Chinese Hongkongers and local ethnic minorities. The team brings together the two in intercultural activities, empowering women of minority communities in particular.