mathews2Gordon MATTHEWS

Professor, Department of Anthropology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong




Research Interests: meanings of life, well-being, globalization and culture, low-end globalization, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong, Chungking Mansions, Africans and Arabs in Guangzhou, asylum seekers.

Bio: Gordon Mathews is Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In his twenty-year career, he has investigated many different areas, from what makes life worth living in Japan and the United States, to changing meanings of Hong Kong identity, to how to practice low-end globalization and survive as an African or South Asian trader or asylum seeker in Hong Kong and China. He teaches courses on “Meanings of Life” and “Globalization and Culture,” and his recent research projects have involved Chungking Mansions in Hong Kong, and Africans and Arabs in Guangzhou. Mathews has written or edited eight books over the years, including, most recently, Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong (2011), and Globalization From Below: The World's Other Economy (with Gustavo Lins Ribeiro and Carlos Alba Vega, 2012); various of his books have been translated into seven languages.  He has recently published articles on “How to Evade States and Slip Past Borders: Lessons from Traders, Overstayers, and Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong and China” (with Lin Dan and Yang Yang in City & Society) and “East Asian Anthropology in the World” (in American Anthropologist).