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Prof. Yee Lok TAM

PhD. The Hong Kong Baptist University
MPhil. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
MA. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEng. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Digital Arts and Creative Industries Lingnan University

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yeeloktam@ln.edu.hk

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Dr Tam teaches courses on the histories of film art and the creative and media industries in East Asian context. He holds a PhD in the Academy of Film from Hong Kong Baptist University. Before joining Lingnan University, he was the Programme Director of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Writing for Film, Television and New Media, the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University (2016–2021).


His research engages with film historiography in the Chinese-language film, Hong Kong film history and film policy, and East Asia's creative and media industry. Currently, he is working on a book project examining the development of Hong Kong’s independent film in the post-handover period. He has served as editor-in-chief of the independent academic publishing house Typesetter Publishing 手民, the online film review platform Cinezen 映畫手民 and the online book review platform Paratext 微批.


He also engages in fictional and critical writing. He published his first novel, The Happy Times of Blackeye黑目的快樂時代, in 2011 and published his second collection of short stories, Therefore I sit down and listen to the tales of H City told by Bartender M 於是我坐下,聽調酒師M說關於H城的傳說, in 2017. He co-authored Indiescape Hong Kong: Critical essays and Interviews 香港獨立電影圖景:訪問評論集 (Hong Kong: Typesetter, 2018), a collection of critical essays about local independent films and interviews of independent filmmakers. His other critical writings on film and literature can be found in various local media outlets.

  • Research Interests

    Chinese-language cinemas, Hong Kong cinema, independent cinema, film policy
  • Recent Research Projects

    • Competitive Research Funds Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector – Faculty Development Scheme, HK$512,969.
      ‘Hong Kong Cinema in the Age of Precarity’.

  • Representative Publications

    Books
    • Hong Kong Independent Cinema Since 1997 (in progress)

    • Indiescape Hong Kong: Critical essays and Interviews (香港獨立電影圖景:訪問評論集). Hong Kong: Typesetter, 2018. Book project in collaboration with Dr. Vivian Lee and Dr. Kenny Ng. (ADC grant)


    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
    • ‘Hong Kong Independent Documentary under the Changing Media Landscape.’ Asian Cinema (under review)

    • ‘The First Generation of Hong Kong Cinephiles: Yinguang’ (co-author with Ella Li) Modernism/Modernity (forthcoming).

    • ‘The Silver Star Group: A First Attempt at Theorizing Wenyi in the 1920s.’ Journal of Chinese Cinemas 9.1 (2015): 62-75.

    • ‘Colourful screens: Water imaginaries in documentaries from China and Taiwan.’ Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 2.2 (2012 June): 109-126.


    Journal Articles
    • ‘A Turn to the Politics of Place in Hong Kong Independent Documentaries’. Ex-position 42 (December 2019): 155–168.

    • ‘A Hundred Years of Wenyi: Exploring the Development of Wenyi Film in Chinese-language Cinemas’ (華語文藝片的百年流轉). Film Art (電影藝術) 1 (2017): 9-14.

    • “Hong Kong in McDull Film Series” (麥兜系列電影中的香港). Journal of Beijing Film Academy (北京電影學院學報) 2 (2013).


    Book Chapters
    • ‘Precarious Lives through Stephen Chow’s Lens: From Postcolonial Hong Kong to Postsocalist China’ In Gary Bettinson and Vivian P. Y. Lee (Eds.), The Cinema of Stephen Chow (abstract accepted).

    • ‘The Wave that Dooms to be Overturned: Connection and Conflict between Hong Kong’s Cinema City and Taiwan New Cinema’ (注定靜止的波浪——香港新藝城和新電影的串連與衝突). In Song-hwee Lim (林松輝) and Sing Song-Yong (孫松榮) (Eds.), The Future of Time: Memos for 40 Years of Taiwan New Cinema (未來的光陰:給台灣新電影四十年的備忘錄) (Taipei: Hide & Seek Audiovisual Art, 2022).

    • ‘Recognition, Reinhabitation, and Recreation: Engaging Nature in Hong Kong Literature’ In K. C. Lo and J. Yeung (Eds.). Chinese Shock of the Anthropocene Image, Music and Text in the Age of Climate Change (Singapore: Palgrave, 2019).

    • ‘Forming the Movie Field Film Literati in Republican China: Revisionist Historiography and “Film Literati”’ (co-author with Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh). In Emilie Y. Y. Yeh (Ed.). Kaleidoscopic Histories Early Film Culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republican China (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018).

    • ‘The Silver Star Group: A First Attempt at Theorizing Wenyi in the 1920s.’ In Emilie Y. Y. Yeh (Ed.). Kaleidoscopic Histories Early Film Culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republican China (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018).

    • ‘Colourful screens: Water imaginaries in documentaries from China and Taiwan.’ In Pietari Kääpä and Tommy Gustafsson (Eds.), Transnational Ecocinema: Film Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation (Bristol: Intellect, 2013).


    Edited Book
    • On Earth We Stand: Hong Kong Independent Film Festival, 2008-2017 (在地而立:香港獨立電影節 2008-2017). Hong Kong: Typesetter, 2017. Co-edit with Cheung Tit-leung.


    Book Review
    • ‘Imagining a City-Bbased Democracy: Review of The Appearing Demos: Hong Kong During and After the Umbrella Movement by Laikwan Pang.’ Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images 1.1 (2021).


  • Teaching

    • Research Assistant Professor (FT, Jan 2022 –)
      Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University

    • Lecturer and Programme Director (FT, Sept 2016 – Dec 2021)
      Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing for Film, Television and New Media
      Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
      Courses Taught: Film and TV classics, Chinese literature, screenplay analysis and cinematic storytelling

    • Lecturer (PT, Sept 2015 – Dec 2015)
      Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
      Courses Taught: Film History, Introduction to Film and Media Art, Selected Reading in Chinese Literature

    • Lecturer (PT, July 2015, summer school)
      Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
      Courses Taught: Introduction to Film and Media Art

    • Lecturer (PT, Sept 2014 – Dec 2014)
      Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
      Courses Taught: Theories and Aesthetics of Film

  • Awards and Honors

    • Award for Young Artist (Arts Criticism), Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2014. Hong Kong Arts Development Council. April 2015

    • Champion in 2010 Creative Writing of Chinese Literature, Literary Criticism Section. Hong Kong Public Library. October 2010.