Sweeping graves

Resurrection followed by grave-cleaning? Seems kind of redundant, if you think about it. Still, that was my weekend – which started last Thursday and will last until at least this coming Sunday. The setting Every year around April 4th or 5th, the Chinese celebrate Ching Ming – ‘Tomb Sweeping Day’. On this day, they go…

Links with the motherland?

Before I came to China, I read a lot about Hong Kong, the development of Hong Kong, and religious practices in Hong Kong (mainly “local religious practices” since not much research has been done yet on the more institutionalized religions in this region). Amongst others, I read an article of Tik-sang Liu, who wrote: The…

Happy @ Hong Kong

Het is vandaag 1 maart 2013. Op 1 maart 2012 begon ik mijn leven als PhD student aan de Macquarie University, Sydney. Ik zat toen om 11u ‘s morgens op een stoel bij de Higher Research Department formulieren in te vullen – nog half in slaap door de jetlag, en niet wetend waar daarrna naartoe te…

Chinese New Year 2013

Chinese New Year 2013 has started. Bad spirits have been expelled, wishes have been made, and fortunes have been told. After four days of festivities and preparations to the Year of the Snake everybody in Hong Kong has gone back to their normal daily activities, hoping that the coming year will bring them all the…