Dr. Kevin Ming is a cultural anthropologist and applied ethnographer who has worked on the emerging lines separating and entangling ethnography and grass roots activism in East and Southeast Asia for over a decade. He received his PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and a Center Associate in Asian Studies in the University Center for International Studies. He is a former Fulbright Fellow with specializations in urban spaces, gender, and lived marginality in southern China and Hong Kong.
Our Research Project and this Site
We at Project Share are engaged in a long-term, multi-disciplinary social science research project on youth, stagnating social mobility, and marginality in Tin Shui Wai and neighboring communities in Hong Kong. This research seeks to make legible the contemporary intersection of global and local forces that severely limit life opportunities for far too many of Hong Kong’s young people.
We intend for this research to be used to better understand how to equip marginalized young folks, a growing majority, with the skills and resources that they need to increase their chances in life in one of the world’s most developed, and unequal, economies. We also intend for this research to be a platform from which to impact discussions in Hong Kong on urgent issues of inequality and social marginality, and understandable, and growing, disaffection among many young people.
Posts are based on our research in progress and are not meant to represent definitive research findings. They are, however, intended to be a resource for those interested in questions of inequality, youth, and marginality in Hong Kong.
Some scholars in Hong Kong are already importantly engaged with these issues. In our view, however, there is often a disconnection between their work and that of NGOs and others working directly with young folks. Further, we believe long-term, holistic ethnographic approaches, which are in general lacking in Hong Kong, can provide significantly richer insight into the economic, social, cultural, and spatial realities at stake.
Our goal is for our research and its related work, this site included, to usefully bridge some of these gaps. We also hope that this provides intellectual resources for public conversations on youth, inequality, inequity, and social marginality in Hong Kong.
For more information about this research project, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.