Monday, 10 December 2018

Nepalese Drug Users in Hong Kong

Date: Monday 10th December

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: LB01, 70 Oxford St, Manchester

Tickets: FREE – available on Eventbrite:

Over the past decade in Hong Kong, the Nepalese community has been dealing with a heroin use problem that is disproportionate to its size. There has been an attempt to quantify the scale of the issue but there is a gap in a qualitative understanding of this complex situation. This film provides an insight through the camera lens into the lives of those who belong to this community and have used heroin. By drawing upon auto ethnography and how these drug markets operate, Lloyd Belcher visually captures the dilemma that is having an impact upon engagement with drug treatment.

About Lloyd Belcher:

Lloyd Belcher has a background in drug treatment as a practitioner in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom before moving into policy and commissioning and then took the leap into academia. He also developed a business as a photographer and film maker and draws upon this expertise and interest to combine an ongoing interest in drug use with visual methods in this film that contributed to his doctoral research. Lloyd has taught criminology and sociology at the Open University and the University of West London in the UK before returning to teach at the University of Hong Kong. He calls Hong Kong home after living in the city for thirty-seven years. Lloyd previous work includes a film called ‘Mira’ that told the story of Mira Rai, a former child soldier with the Maoist rebel army who grew up in a remote village in Nepal and had a dream to be a world recognised mountain runner. ‘Mira' tells the story of Mira Rai’s speedy rise in the world of mountain running and has won a number of awards at adventure and mountain film festivals around the world.

The event is a collaboration between The Substance Use and Addictive Behaviours (SUAB) Research Group at Manchester Metropolitan University and The Centre for Crime and Criminal Justice, School of Law, at the University of Manchester.

The Substance Use and Addictive Behaviours (SUAB) Research Group is an exciting and creative group comprising Manchester Met academics from a range of disciplines, as well as community partners and associates from policy and practice around the UK and internationally. The overall purpose of SUAB is to develop and conduct research and related activities that ultimately result in a better service for people who experience problematic substance use. Find out more information about the group here.

Located in one of the UK’s leading law schools, the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCCJ) at The University of Manchester is right at the forefront of criminological research boasting an esteemed international reputation for critical research on crime policy, criminal law and criminal justice. Offering a dynamic and intellectually stimulating research environment, we are currently home to 15 experienced members of academic staff, more than 20 postgraduate research students, and regularly host visiting and honorary professors from around the world. For further information, see here:

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