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Prof. TANG Tse Shang, Denise 鄧芝珊

Assistant Professor

Tel: (852) 2616 7468
Fax: (852) 2572 5170
Location: Room 119, Ho Sin Hang Building 何善衡樓119室
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Areas of interest

Gender and sexualities, queer theory
Transnational and Inter-Asia cultural studies

Media studies
Migration studies



Denise Tse-Shang Tang is an interdisciplinary ethnographer who began her career by studying the relationship between lesbian sexualities and social spaces in Chinese societies. She is the author of Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life (Hong Kong University Press, 2011). She co-edited (with Alistair Fraser and Maggy Lee) “Crime, Media, Culture: Asia-style,” special issue of Crime, Media, Culture, and is one of the editors (with Stevi Jackson and Olivia Khoo) for the Palgrave MacMillan book series Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia.

Tang is a recipient of international and local grants for research in the following topics: Marriage equality in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan (Sumitomo Foundation, 2016-17), Ageing and lesbian bodies in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan (General Research Fund, 2016-19), Migration of Hongkongers to Taiwan (Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 2016-18).

Prior to entering academia, Tang has worked as program manager and advocate for communities including LGBTQI Asian & Pacific Islander youth, survivors of sexual violence, First Nations women, HIV-affected communities and youth in juvie. Tang was also the film festival director with the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and a guest curator at Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan.


PhD in Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

MA in Educational Studies, The University of British Columbia

BA in Women’s Studies, The University of British Columbia

Selected publications

Kamano, S., Khor, D. & Tang, D.T.S. (forthcoming). LGBT Politics in East Asia. In M.J. Bosia, S.M. McEvoy and M. Rahman (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Global LGBT Politics. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tang, D.T.S. (2017). Feeling Alive: Voices of incarcerated youth in We Are Alive. Crime, Media and Culture. DOI:

Tang, D.T.S. (2017). All I get is an emoji: Dating on lesbian mobile phone app Butterfly. Media, Culture & Society. DOI:

Tang, D.T.S. (2017). Youth work in a changing society: A case study of Hong Kong youth service providers. Qualitative Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/1473325016680283

Tang, D.T.S. (2016). Essential labels? Gender identity politics on Hong Kong lesbian mobile phone application Butterfly. In L. Hjorth and O. Khoo (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia (pp.263-274). London and New York: Routledge.

Tang, D.T.S. (2014). Perspectives on same-sex sexualities and self-harm amongst service providers and teachers in Hong Kong. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 14(4), 444-456.

Tang, D.T.S. (2012) An Unruly Death: Queer Media in Hong Kong. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 18(4), 597-614.

Tang, D.T.S. (2012) Branding Satire, Being Alternative: Locating Queerness in the videos of Hong Kong Media Artist Yuen Pui-Man. Berliner China-Hefte, 40: 111-126.

Tang, D.T.S. (2011) Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.