Chao Shi-Yan 趙錫彥 Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Assistant Professor)

Bio

Shi-Yan Chao teaches film and media studies at Lingnan University. He holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University, and was INTERACT postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. In addition to NYU and Columbia, he has also taught at Hong Kong Baptist University. His research engages Chinese-language cinemas, queer theory/media, independent/documentary film, creative/media industries, and transnational/diasporic filmmaking. Chao has published articles on Chinese-language film and media, and is author of Queer Representations in Chinese-language Film and the Cultural Landscape (Amsterdam University Press, 2020).

Academic & Professional Qualifications

Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

PhD in Cinema Studies, New York University

MA in Cinema Studies, New York University

BA in Economics, National Taiwan University

Areas of Interest

Chinese-language cinemas, queer theory/media, independent/documentary film, creative/media industries, and transnational/diasporic filmmaking

Work Experience

Research Assistant Professor, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University (2015-20)

Adjunct Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University (2014)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University (2013-14)

Adjunct Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (2013)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinema Studies, New York University (2011-12)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Cinema Studies, New York University (2003-05)

Executive Assistant, Department of Film Production and Planning, Central Motion Picture Corporation (1998-99)

Publications

Monograph:

  • Queer Representations in Chinese-Language Film and the Cultural Landscape. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “An Auteurist Journey through the Fantastic Mode: A Case Study of Ho Meng-hua.” In Kenneth Chan and Andrew Stucky (eds.), Sino-Enchantment: The Fantastic in Contemporary Chinese Cinemas. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming in 2021).
  • “Policy and Creative Strategies: Hong Kong CEPA Films in the China Market” (with Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh). International Journal of Cultural Policy 26.2 (2020): 184-201.
  • “Trans Formations of Male Falsetto.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 5.3 (Aug. 2018): 456-63.
  • “‘Guangzhou Film’ and Guangzhou Urban Culture: An Overview” (with Liu Hui). In Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh (ed.), Early Film Culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Republican China: Kaleidoscopic Histories. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018. pp. 134-155.

Conferences

“Queer Diaspora and Post/Colonial Ambivalence: A Case Study of Simon Chung,” presented at the Queer Visions in East Asia workshop, hosted by Kyoto University in Kyoto

Nov. 2020

“Documentary Ethics, Sexual Politics, Alternative Public Sphere,” presented at the 20th Global Fusion Conference, hosted by Southern Illinois University

Oct. 2020

Boys for Beauty: Participatory Mode, Camp Aesthetic, Tongzhi Politics,” accepted for the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference in Denver

Apr. 2020

“Documentary Ethics, Sexual Politics, Contingent Spaces,” presented at the annual AAS-in-Asia Conference in Bangkok

Jul. 2019

“Lalas with DV Cameras in China’s Independent Documentary Scene of the 21st Century,” presented at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference in Seattle

Mar. 2019

Professional Service

Media Industries Journal, Editorial Board

Diversity Scholars Network, National Center for Institutional Diversity (US), Member

Institute for Tongzhi Studies, Co-founder

Grant

2017-2018 General Research Fund (GRF), “Hong Kong Camp: The Poetics of Camp through Hong Kong Mass Culture and Cinema,” Research Grant Council, Hong Kong