Culture and Sustainable Livelihood
Co-ordinator: Dr. LAU Kin-chi
There are currently three research projects under the cluster of Culture and Sustainable Livelihood of KFCRD. These projects originated in 2004 when Lingnan University hosted the East Asian secretariat of the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” which is a global project with an international board and a global secretariat based in Berne, Switzerland. KFCRD has hosted the East Asian secretariat since then, and has been coordinating the sub-theme of Livelihood and Ecology under “PeaceWomen Across the Globe”. Other projects on issues of culture and sustainability have been developed, notably the South South Forum on Sustainability since 2011, and the Lingnan Gardeners since 2014.
- Prof WEN Tiejun (Renmin University of China)
- Prof DAI Jinhua (Peking University)
- Prof WANG Hui (Tsinghua University)
- Prof SIT Tsui (Southwest University)
- Dr WONG Tak Hing, Erebus (Global University for Sustainability)
- Ms AUYEUNG Lai Seung (Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives)
- Dr KHO Tungyi (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
- Dr YAN Xiaohui (Federation of Eco-social Enterprises for Rural Reconstruction)
- Ms CHAN Yin Man, Alice (Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives)
- Ms JIN Peiyun
- Mr HE Zhixiong
- Mr LEE Kiu Chi, George
- Ms PAN Tingting
- PeaceWomen Across the Globe
- Research was conducted since 2004 on the stories of women working for peace in various aspects of their lives, and the first documentation was collected in the 2200-page book “1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe”. Documentary films have also been made about the women and their contribution to sustainable livelihood and peace. The documentation and interpretation of these stories in their particular contexts have continued till today, and research output has been uploaded to the websites. The project researches into the stories of women working in all areas against violence and for peace, especially in rural, indigenous, and ethnic minority regions.
- The focus on documentation of women in East Asia working on peace in exemplary ways will continue, and research workshops will be held for them to exchange their experience and for academics to help articulate their experience.
- Lingnan Gardeners
- Since September 2014, when campus farming was initiated at Lingnan University, the project Lingnan Gardeners has provided service learning to students, and run seminars and practical workshops on agriculture, farming, herbal medicine, food processing, and health issues for students and staff of the university. The activities attempt to not only arouse interest in plants and food, but also experiment with various ways of fostering awareness of possibilities for local food and water resources and overcoming constraints in modern urban life. It has also research collaboration with local universities, communities in the neighbourhood, universities in mainland China, and universities abroad. Since the coronavirus outbreak, Lingnan Gardeners has also embarked on a project to explore Chinese preventive medicine for the general public in daily life. Lingnan Gardeners also produces newsletters and books on its research and practical activities:
- The research on promoting transition campuses and transition towns will continue, so as to find feasible ways for regeneration of urban communities. The Lingnan Gardeners will also continue to offer service learning to students, document healthy practices in daily life, and research into medicinal herbs and recipes for current challenges such as the coronavirus and urban diseases. Joint research by professional western and Chinese medical doctors and teachers and neighbourhood leaders to promote health science in popular ways will be fostered.
- South South Forum on Sustainability
- Since 2011, the South South Forum on Sustainability has been co-organized by Lingnan University with some 10 academic and civil society institutions locally, in mainland China, and from different parts of the world. Since 2016, it has become an annual event hosted in the summer in Lingnan University. The Forums tackle the central theme of ecological sustainability and socio-economic sustainability, with a focus on the regeneration of rural and urban communities. The forums have attracted over 100 scholars and civil society leaders every year. Various issues have been broached, including transition towns, urban agriculture, rural-urban exchange, nuclear power plant safety and disasters, climate change and adaptation by communities, and others. Large amounts of translation work have been conducted to facilitate discussions and debates among Chinese and overseas professionals, academics and civil society. All forums have been recorded and uploaded to the websites of Lingnan University and the Global University for Sustainability for public access:
- The South South Forum on Sustainability will continue to be organized annually, and the networks of co-organizers and participants will be consolidated through joint research on community efforts on issues of water, soil, food production, self-sufficiency, climate change, decontamination of accidents of nuclear reactors, etc. Academics from about 20 universities around the world, especially from mainland China, have been connected to the Forums, so comparative research on community experiences and best practices are being conducted, as well as probes into alternative paradigms for a sustainable future for humanity and the planet.
- Partner Organizations:
- PeaceWomen Across the World, based in Berne, Switzerland
- Global University for Sustainability, based in Hong Kong
- Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives, based in Hong Kong
- Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia
- CAPES – PRINT Project, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santos, Brazil
- Institute of Social Sciences, Daegu Catholic University, Republic of Korea
- Spirit_45 (Architecture Workshop), Indonesia
- Functions of Art in Global Contexts (FOA-FLUX), Switzerland
- The Ecomún, Multitrueke Mixiuhca, Mexico
- The Andean Project for Peasant Technologies (PRATEC), Peru
- People’s Plan Study Group, Japan
- Centre for Film Studies and Cultural Studies, Peking University, Beijing
- Centre of Rural Reconstruction, Renmin University of China, Beijing
- Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing
- Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University, Chongqing
- Institute of Rural Reconstruction of the Straits, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou.
- Green Ground Eco-Tech Centre (Beijing)
- Federation of Eco-social Enterprises for Rural Reconstruction, Beijing
- School of Chinese Medicine, Baptist University, Hong Kong
- Sangwoodgoon, Hong Kong
- Kids’ Club, Hong Kong