“Orochen – China’s Last Nomadic Hunters” by Mr Chao Sih Hing


To enhance geographical knowledge and broaden global vision of Pooikeians’, an environmental talk was held on 26th April, 2016 in school hall. It is our honour to invite a guest speaker, Mr Chao Sih Hing, a visiting lecturer of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is an expert on many aspects of Chinese culture, particularly in the fields of endangered minority cultures, ethnohistory and Chinese martial studies.
Enriching and educational talk
In the talk, Mr Chao described his 20 years of research into the Orochen, Chinese last great tribe of nomadic hunters. The Orochen continues practicing subsistence hunting in the Khingan Mountains, which rings China’s north-eastern frontier with Russia across Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang province, almost unknown to outsiders. Today, the Orochen are one of 56 official nationalities recognized in China, but few are aware of their extraordinary history, territory and culture, which is in danger of being lost due to modernization and lack of research of their history.
Mr Chao gave an insightful and enriching environmental talk to Pooikeians
Furthermore, he demonstrated a number of photos he took during his field trips of visiting Orochen in previous few years. He also described and explained the characteristics of their conventional livelihood, customs, languages and way of life. A traditional song sung by Orochen was played during the talk interestingly.
Pooikeians were interested in understanding more about the livelihood of Orochen
It was a precious learning opportunity for Pooikeians to have better understanding of this conventional but endangered tribe. His talk was very fruitful and educational to us as much geographical knowledge was inculcated from his talk ranging from subsistence farming and hunting, nomadic herding, deforestation, urban encroachment to environmental pollution. Moreover, this lecture also enhanced students’ awareness on the importance of nature conservation and preservation of endangered tribes in China.
Please feel free to access to the following links for a better understanding of this conventional tribe, Orochen and our guest speaker, Mr Chao Sih Hing.
  1. Orochen Foundation Limited:http://www.giftou.com/presentation/orochenfoundation.org/
  2. News article: Genesis of the Orochen, China’s Boreal Huntershttp://hk.asiatatler.com/arts-culture/heritage/genesis-of-the-orochen-china-s-boreal-hunters
  3. Video about the last tribe in China- Orochen:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nOljn20pUw
  4. News article about the introduction of Orochen given by guest speaker, Mr Chao:http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/1847094/chinas-reindeer-people-hongkonger-helps-revive-lost-way-life
  5. Organization of the talk: Royal Geographical Society (Hong Kong)http://www.rgshk.org.hk/public/index.php