About Us

Gender & Diversity Research in the Faculty

Hong Kong

Faculty members produce a body of research on gender and sexuality in Asia with a particular focus on Hong Kong that is unique in the world. They include experts on the construction of gender ideologies and stereotypes through social media, women filmmakers (we host a unique webpage on Hong Kong women directors), queer sexualities, Chinese feminism, colonialism, and female servitude in late nineteenth-century Hong Kong.

A considerable number of the Faculty’s film scholars have studied the work of Chinese women directors. The contribution to the study of gender and Chinese sexual history research is impressive with scholars focusing on homoerotic sensibilities in China, sex and sensibility in the Qing and Ming societies, and the history of Chinese fiction from a gender perspective. Power and masculinity in Chinese culture, and the representation and agency of women examined in the context of labour and consumerism studies are also Faculty research strengths.

The Faculty’s research on Asia is extensive and includes scholarly contributions on Korean pop music, cinema, and television, Japanese masculinity in the mass media, Japanese consumerism, the female image in Japanese advertising, perceptions of transgender women in the Philippines, gay poets in Manila and Singapore, and transnational Asian masculinities.  

Global Connections
Beyond Asia, our scholars explore a wide range of issues, including gender and history, global masculinities, women writers and filmmakers, women and diplomacy, transnational feminism(s), gender and empire, feminist artists and motherhood, non-normative sexualities, Catholic women, girlhood, and the intersections of gender, race, and language in different media.














Dr SONG Geng 
Associate Professor
Gender and diversity related research interests: Chinese masculinity; male representation in modern media and popular culture
Selected publication: Men and Masculinities in Contemporary China. Leiden: Brill. 2014 (Co-authored with Derek Hird)
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01648  
Contact: gsong@hku.hk
Gender and diversity related research interests: gender and sexuality in Chinese history
Selected publication: Homoerotic Sensibilities in Late Imperial China. RoutledgeCurzon. 2004 (reprint in paperback in 2012)
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01420
Contact: wucuncun@hku.hk


Professor Adam JAWORSKI 
Chair Professor
Gender and diversity related research interests: sociolinguistics; language and art
Selected publication: “Visual Silence and Non-Normative Sexualities: Art, Transduction and Performance.” Gender and Language. Issue10:3. 2016. P. 433–454.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01597
Contact: jaworski@hku.hk

Professor Julia KUEHN 
Gender and diversity related research interests: Victorian literature and culture; travel writing; popular writing 
Selected publication: A Female Poetics of Empire: From Eliot to Woolf. Routledge. 2014.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01167
Contact: jkuehn@hku.hk

Dr Jessica R. VALDEZ 
Assistant Professor
Gender and diversity related research interests: nineteenth-century British literature and culture
Selected publication: “How to Write Yiddish in English, or Israel Zangwill and Multilingualism in Children of the Ghetto.” Studies in the Novel. Issue 46:3. 2014. P. 315-334.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01975
Contact: jvaldez@hku.hk



Professor John CARROLL
Professor, Department of History
Gender and diversity related research interests: women in Hong Kong history and imperial and colonial history
Selected publication: “A National Custom: Debating Female Servitude in Late Nineteenth-Century Hong Kong.” Modern Asian Studies. Issue 43:6. 2009. P. 1463-1493
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01188
Contact: jcarroll@hku.hk

Associate Professor, Department of History
Gender and diversity related research interests: women in the history of University of Hong Kong; European missionaries in China and Australia
Selected publication: “The Syon Household at Denham, 1539-50.” Religion and The Household. Ed. John Doran, Charlotte Methuen & Alexandra Walsham. oodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. 2015. P. 174-87.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01191
Contact: Cunich@hku.hk

Honorary Associate Professor, Department of History
Gender and diversity related research interests: women's history; comparative feminist studies; gender and transnational feminism(s), Hong Kong women directors
Selected publication: Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong. HKU Press. 2011.
Contact: sford@hku.hk 

Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Gender and diversity related research interests: feminist film and cultural studies; Hong Kong women filmmakers
Selected publication: The Chinese Diaspora on American Screen: Race, Sex, and Cinema. Temple University Press. 2012.
HKU Scholars Hubhttp://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01177

Professor, Department of History 
Gender and diversity related research interests: history of youth, masculinity and girlhood
Selected publications: Youth and Empire: Trans-colonial Childhoods in British and French Asia. Stanford University Press. 2015
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01194
Contact: pomfretd@hku.hk 

Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Gender and diversity related research interests: independent women filmmakers in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China; women writers in the Chinese-language literary scene
Selected publication: “Fashion, Affect, and Poetry in a Global City.” Environment, Space, Place. Issue 8:1. 2016. P. 93-128
Contact: yeelmw@hku.hk



Assistant Professor, Korean Studies
Gender and diversity related research interests: gender and sexuality in Korea; colonialism and race
Selected publication: “Racialization and Colonial Space: Intermarriage in Yi Hyo-sŏk’s Works.” Journal of Korean Studies. Issue 18:1. 2013. P. 29-59

Assistant Professor, China Studies
Gender and diversity related research interests: history of women in late imperial and modern China
Selected publication: God’s Little Daughters: Catholic Women in Nineteenth-Century Manchuria. University of Washington Press. 2015. 
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01657
Contact: liji66@hku.hk

Dr Denis C. MEYER 
Senior Lecturer, French Program
Gender and diversity related research interests: cultural representation of Japan in French literature
Selected publication: Monde flottant, la médiation culturelle du Japon de Kikou Yamata. [A Floating World, The Cultural Mediation of Japan of Kikou Yamata] Paris: L’Harmattan. 2009
Contact: dcmeyer@hku.hk

Dr Yoshiko NAKANO 
Associate Professor, Japanese Studies
Gender and diversity related research interests: globalization of Japanese products and services; international tourism advertising and gender
Selected publication: Where There are Asians, There are Rice Cookers: How “National” Went Global via Hong Kong. HKU Press. 2009
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01230
Contact: ynakano@hku.hk

Dr Maria Mercedes VÁZQUEZ VÁZQUEZ 
Lecturer, Spanish Program
Gender and diversity related research interests: women directors; gender in film
Selected publication: “New Geographies of Class in Mexican and Brazilian Cinemas: Post Tenebras Lux and Que hora ela volta?” Resisting Neoliberalism: The State of Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Ed. Sandberg, Claudia and Carolina Rocha. Palgrave Macmillan. (Forthcoming 2018)
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/handle/10722/226666 
Contact: mercedes@hku.hk



Dr Aditi Dubey JHAVERI 
Gender and diversity related research interests: gender representation in the news 
Selected publications: “Using News Narratives to Learn about Gender Ideologies in Contemporary China.” Media Literacy Education in China. Ed. Cheung, C.K. Springer. 2016. P. 73-90