Everyday Hybridity

Dr Paul O'Connor
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  1. If you missed Nicole Constable’s recent book launch, there are two further opportunities to hear her talk about her work. On the 13th of June at HKU and also on the 16th of June at FCO in Hong Kong.
Further details can be obtained via the HKU Press site.

    If you missed Nicole Constable’s recent book launch, there are two further opportunities to hear her talk about her work. On the 13th of June at HKU and also on the 16th of June at FCO in Hong Kong.

    Further details can be obtained via the HKU Press site.

     
     
  2. This evening I was very happy to attend the book launch event of Professor Nicole Constable’s new work “Born Out of Place.”

    This remarkable new work explores the situation of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong who become pregnant whilst working in the city. It is both a heartbreaking and hopeful work and I encourage people to get hold of this book. I was fortunate enough to meet with Nicole whilst she was performing her research and she shared some of her stories with me.

    This work is also important because of the focus it provides on the issue of race and ethnicity in Hong Kong. This has been of topical concern over the last week (and I am overdue making a post on that). This book highlights how issues of ethnicity, migration, and religion intersect with gender also.

    You can learn more of, and get hold of the book via Hong Kong University Press. Here is also a link to one of Nicole’s previous works on foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong.

     
     
  3. On Morning Brew RTHK 3, and the FCC Monday 14th

    This Monday I will be popping in to have a chat with Phil Whelan on his show Morning Brew at RTHK Radio 3. Then I will be at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondent’s Club for a lunchtime talk on my book “Islam in Hong Kong”.

     
     
  4. Lunchtime talk at the FCC on 14th Jan.
I will be talking about Muslims in Hong Kong and present day issues of minority politics in the territory. I will also be promoting my book!

    Lunchtime talk at the FCC on 14th Jan.

    I will be talking about Muslims in Hong Kong and present day issues of minority politics in the territory. I will also be promoting my book!

     
     
  5. It is great to see the book getting out there and finding an audience. I am humbled by people’s interest in the topic and what I have written. Thanks to the reviewer and the may people that have supported and propelled my research.

     
     
  6. Deaths Tell the Story of Life in Old Hong Kong

    This is a great little article about an fascinating book. Having previously lived in Happy Valley for many years I became very familiar with the cemeteries in the area. They do tell a valuable story of Hong Kong.

    I can’t help but draw a parallel between this type of documentation of the past and some of the Insights Abbas makes about Hong Kong and the politics of disappearance. There is something intangible and remote about Hong Kong culture and everyday life, analysis of it is often cumbersome, slippery, and unsatisfactory. However, using conceptual anchors of the past, of disapperance, memory, and place can collude to build an engaging account of the territory.

    This is of course a real gem for anyone fascinated with graveyards and biographies, but ultimately one of those ‘key’ Hong Kong books.

    Interview here

    Book here

     
     
  7. The Kindle version of my book is now available on Amazon. There is also a preview of the first few pages. It looks great.
Check it out. Islam in Hong Kong: Muslims and Everyday Life in China’s World City

    The Kindle version of my book is now available on Amazon. There is also a preview of the first few pages. It looks great.

    Check it out. Islam in Hong Kong: Muslims and Everyday Life in China’s World City

     
     
  8. Some folks have contacted me asking how to get hold of the book. It should be in the shops in Hong Kong by now, it is also easy to pick up a copy at HKU book shop on campus. Perhaps the easiest way to get hold of it is from HKU Press website. However they changed the webpage link and all my old web links haven’t been working for the last couple of days.
So here it is again. Thanks to everyone who has been following the news of the book, and those who have already managed to get hold of a copy.
It won’t be out in the US and UK till November, then you can get it on Amazon.

    Some folks have contacted me asking how to get hold of the book. It should be in the shops in Hong Kong by now, it is also easy to pick up a copy at HKU book shop on campus. Perhaps the easiest way to get hold of it is from HKU Press website. However they changed the webpage link and all my old web links haven’t been working for the last couple of days.

    So here it is again. Thanks to everyone who has been following the news of the book, and those who have already managed to get hold of a copy.

    It won’t be out in the US and UK till November, then you can get it on Amazon.

     
     
  9. The book is published!
A little ahead of schedule, and now available from HKU Press. In the coming weeks it will appear on Amazon, in local bookstores, and slowly start making its way to libraries.
Thanks for all the interest from my Tumblr followers, friends, colleagues, research participants and everyone else who has contributed in one way or another.
Keep posted for further news about the release.
Here are some of the book’s endorsements….
"An unexpected gem. An innovative book which explores the everyday lived reality of Muslim minorities in Hong Kong. The contemporary focus is framed by a fascinating history of South Asian Muslims which reaches back into the early 19th century. This beautifully wrought study sheds a great deal of light on a range of issues impacting Muslim minorities: from the extent of hybridity—adapting basketball spaces to cricket—to the challenge of eating halal in a culinary culture where pork is ubiquitous! Young Muslims in Hong Kong face racism and their inability to access Chinese language schools has huge implications for employment and social mobility. However, Islam is respected and they are not seen through a security lens. In all, a hopeful study." — Philip Lewis, author of Islamic Britain and Young, British and Muslim "There has long been a need for a book-length account of Muslims in Hong Kong; this readable and informative book admirably fills the void. Anyone interested in how Muslims make their lives and practice their faith in the Chinese city of Hong Kong should definitely read it." — Gordon Mathews, author of Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong "In this insightful and fascinating book, O’Connor walks us through the bustling streets of Hong Kong, where space, civility, hope and freedom are created every day by the territory’s diverse Muslims. It provides a rare glimpse into an imperfect, but perhaps ‘good enough’ cosmopolitanism, lived in the schools, homes, shops and lives of ordinary people. Amidst the worry and panic about young Muslims in diaspora as either problems or victims, this is a refreshing and much-needed account of the valuable ways a global city deals with difference. An essential text for scholars and students of youth, diversity and contemporary multiculturalism." — Anita Harris, author of Young People and Everyday Multiculturalism

    The book is published!

    A little ahead of schedule, and now available from HKU Press. In the coming weeks it will appear on Amazon, in local bookstores, and slowly start making its way to libraries.

    Thanks for all the interest from my Tumblr followers, friends, colleagues, research participants and everyone else who has contributed in one way or another.

    Keep posted for further news about the release.

    Here are some of the book’s endorsements….

    "An unexpected gem. An innovative book which explores the everyday lived reality of Muslim minorities in Hong Kong. The contemporary focus is framed by a fascinating history of South Asian Muslims which reaches back into the early 19th century. This beautifully wrought study sheds a great deal of light on a range of issues impacting Muslim minorities: from the extent of hybridity—adapting basketball spaces to cricket—to the challenge of eating halal in a culinary culture where pork is ubiquitous! Young Muslims in Hong Kong face racism and their inability to access Chinese language schools has huge implications for employment and social mobility. However, Islam is respected and they are not seen through a security lens. In all, a hopeful study." — Philip Lewis, author of Islamic Britain and Young, British and Muslim 

    "There has long been a need for a book-length account of Muslims in Hong Kong; this readable and informative book admirably fills the void. Anyone interested in how Muslims make their lives and practice their faith in the Chinese city of Hong Kong should definitely read it." — Gordon Mathews, author of Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong 

    "In this insightful and fascinating book, O’Connor walks us through the bustling streets of Hong Kong, where space, civility, hope and freedom are created every day by the territory’s diverse Muslims. It provides a rare glimpse into an imperfect, but perhaps ‘good enough’ cosmopolitanism, lived in the schools, homes, shops and lives of ordinary people. Amidst the worry and panic about young Muslims in diaspora as either problems or victims, this is a refreshing and much-needed account of the valuable ways a global city deals with difference. An essential text for scholars and students of youth, diversity and contemporary multiculturalism." — Anita Harris, author of Young People and Everyday Multiculturalism

     
     
  10. I always like browsing HKUP website and their great selection of books. Today I noticed that they have now listed my forthcoming book on the website including the endorsements it has received.

    The countdown to publication has begun and as all things are running smoothly it should be available by the end of September / early October.