Dr. MAK, Sau-Wa 麥秀華博士

Assistant Professor

 

Contact

Office: Room LG523, Main Building, Hong Kong Shue Yan University,
10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill, North Point, Hong Kong.
Phone: 2806-5102
Email: swmak@hksyu.edu

Academic and Professional Qualification

Ph.D. Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A. Master of Arts in Anthropology (Dean List), Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A. Master of Arts in Philosophy (Distinction), CUHK
M.A. Master of Arts in Electronic Business (Distinction), City University of Hong Kong
B.B.A. Chinese University of Hong Kong


Specialism and Research Interests

Medical anthropology
Anthropology of food
Youth and Popular Culture
Cultural heritage
Globalization
Media and consumption
Family and childhood
China and Hong Kong studies

Courses

SOC308 Heritage, Culture and Society
SOC336 Love, Family and Kinship
SOC403 Globalization and Inequality
SOC362 Tourism and Culture

Theses

2012 Health and Modernity: A Study of Milk Consumption in Shunde and Hong Kong. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, CUHK, June. Committee: Chee-Beng, Tan, Sydney C.H. Cheung, Joseph Bosco.


Book, Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

2021

“Well-Being and Care: Popular Culture and Consumption of Anti-aging Functional Food among Chinese Older Adults”, Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment. Accepted and under final review.

2021 Milk Craze: Body, Science and Hope in China. University of Hawaii Press (e-Book available in 2020).
 
2020 “The heritagization of milk tea: cultural governance and placemaking in Hong Kong,” Asian Anthropology, DOI: 10.1080/1683478X.2020.1773616.
 
2019 Review of The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China, by Jia-Chen Fu. China Review International, vol. 24 no. 4, 2017, p. 300-303. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/cri.2017.0073.
 
2018 “Mediatization and Mediation of parenthood – Politics of infant feeding in Hong Kong. In Globalised Eating Cultures. Mediatization and Mediation, Jörg Dürrschmidt and York Kautt, eds. London/New York: Palgrave.
 
2018 Soy Milk, In Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines, Marjolijn Kaiser ed. Berkshire Publishing Group LLC.
 
2018 “Digitalised health, risk and motherhood: politics of infant feeding in post-colonial Hong Kong,” In Lupton, Deborah, ed. Digitised Health, Medicine and Risk. Routledge.
 
2017 “How Picky Eating Becomes an Illness—Marketing Nutrient-Enriched Formula Milk in a Chinese Society,” Ecology of Food and Nutrition  Volume 56(1):81-100. 
 
2016 “Digitalised health, risk and motherhood: politics of infant feeding in post-colonial Hong Kong.” Health, Risk and Society 17(7-8): 547-564.
 
2015 “Democracy versus Distinction: A Study of European Food in Chinese and Western Restaurants in Hong Kong, China.” Proceeding of the 2015 International Conference on Chinese Food Culture. Foundation of Chinese Dietary Culture.
 
2014 “The Revival of Traditional Water Buffalo Cheese Consumption: Class, Heritage and Modernity in Contemporary China”, Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment, 22:4, 322-347.
 
2011 “Southeast Asian Chinese Food in Tea Café and Noodle Shops in Hong Kong”, In Tan, Chee-Beng, ed., Chinese Food and Foodways in Southeast Asia and Beyond. NUS Press.*Note:* The book was translated into Chinese and published by Xiamen Univeristy Press in 2017.


Seminar/ Conference Papers or Presentations

2021 “From medicine to a staple food – How Science and Tradition are shaping the milk production and consumption in Modern China.” Talk invited by the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Under the CRF Project “Making Modernity in East Asia: Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th – 21st Centuries”), The University of Hong Kong, 8 March.
 
2021 “Digital Heritagization of Milk Tea and the Milk Tea Alliance.” Invited panelist and presentation for the online seminar "Milk Tea Alliance: Transnationol democratic solidarity in Asía," organized by The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University, 25th February. 
 
2020 “Heritagizating Tea Café: Digital Retraditionalisation, Place-making and Political Movements in Post-Colonial Hong Kong.” Paper presented at the International Conference - Heritage Conservation along the Belt and Road Zones: Between Politics and Professionalism, organized by the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Shue Yan University, held in Hong Kong SAR, China, 23-24 October, 2020.
 
2020 “Heritagizating Tea Café: Retraditionalisation, Place-making and Political Movements in Hong Kong.” Paper presented (online) at the International Conference of ACHS 2020, held in London, UK, 26-30, August.
 
2020 “Food, Memories and Narratives of Well-Being: A Case Study of Milk Consumption among Seniors in Hong Kong” Paper presented (online) at the AAS Annual Conference, held in Kobe, Japan, 31, August – 4, September.
 
2019 “Smart Children and Thin Selves: Marketing Dietary Health and the Transnational Moral Grammar of Self-identity.” Paper presented at the AAS Annual Conference, held in Bangkok, Thailand, 1-4, July.
 
2019 “Heritagization of Milk Tea: Cultural Governance and Place-making in Hong Kong.” Paper presented at the “International Conference of Cultural Governance in Asia (ICCGA)
- Hong Kong Cultural Governance in Asia: Soft Power, Place-(re)making and Civility” organized by the City University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Shue Yan University, held in Hong Kong SAR, China, 10-11 May.
 
2017 “Food Safety, risk management and motherhood: politics of infant feeding in post-Mao China.” Paper presented at the “2017 International Conference on Chinese Food Culture,” held in Brisbane Australia, 15-18 October. 
 
2016 “How Picky Eating becomes an illness – Politics of health and formula milk consumption in Hong Kong.” Paper presented at the Hong Kong Conference.
 
2016 “East Asia and Tomorrow’s Anthropology”  organized by the Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, CUHK 19-22 June.
 
2015 “Democracy versus Distinction: A Study of European food in local Tea Café, Southeast Asian and western restaurants in Hong Kong, China.” Paper presented at the “2015 International Conference on Chinese Food Culture” in Tours, France 12-15 October.
 
2013 “Health, morality, and infant feeding: Hong Kong mothers' experiences of formula milk use.” Public Seminar, organized by Hong Kong Anthropological Society, 20 November.
 
2009 “National Milk, Foreign Milk, or Local Milk? A Study of Milk Supply and Consumption in Hong Kong,” Paper presented at the SEAA and TSAE Taipei 2009 Conference, organized by Taiwan Society for Anthropology and Ethnology, The Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, held in Taipei, Taiwan 2-5 July.
 
2008 “Food, Space and Power: A Study of Dai Pai Dongs in Hong Kong.” Paper presented at the International Conference organized by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Washington University in St. Louis 12-13, December.
 
2008 “A Study of Potato and Health belief in Hong Kong.” Paper presented at the colloquium  « La Pomme de Terre: de la Renaissance au XXIe siècle, Histoire, Société, Économie, Culture », Tours, France, 18-20 November.
 
2007 “Performing Southeast Asian Food in Hong Kong Tea Cafes”, paper presented in the 10th Symposium on Chinese Dietary Culture, Penang, Malaysia 12-14, November.
   

Invited Talk

2020 “From medicine to a staple food – How Science and Tradition are shaping the milk production and consumption in Modern China.” Invited speaker for the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong, CRF Project “Making Modernity in East Asia: Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th – 21st Centuries”. December 17, 2020.

 

Community Service
Member, Research Committee, Hong Kong Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers (SARDA)