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.

China
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.


Inter-Asia
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.


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SCHOOL OF CHINESE

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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
Professor
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
 
Associate Professor
Gender and diversity related research interests: women's literature and writing culture in late imperial China
Selected publication: Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016.
HKU Scholars Hubhttp://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01424
Contact: bbyang@hku.hk
 
Professor SHIH Shu Mei
Hon-yin and Suet-fong Chan Professor
Gender and diversity related research interests: Sinophone studies, modern Chinese literature, comparative literature, critical theory, postcolonial studies, feminism, transnationalism, critical race theory, world literature, and minority discourse
Selected publication: “Towards an Ethics of Transnational Encounter, or ‘When’ Does a ‘Chinese’ Woman Become a ‘Feminist’?” Differences: a journal of feminist cultural studies. Issue 13:2, Summer 2002, 90-126.
Contact: shihsm@hku.hk

Dr Pei-yin LIN
Associate Professor, School of Chinese
Gender and diversity related research interests: modern and contemporary female writers' works in Chinese
Selected publication: East Asian Transwar Popular Culture: Literature and Film from Taiwan and Korea, co-edited with Su Yun Kim (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). ​
“Voice from the Margin: Gender and Ethnicity in Rimuy Aki's Home of Taiwan Cherries and Home Yearning), in Wenyi zhengming《文藝爭鳴》(Feb 2018): 14-22 [in Chinese].
"Writing Beyond Boudoirs: Sinophone Literature by Female Writers in Contemporary Taiwan." In Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader edited by Shu-mei Shih, Chien-hsin Tsai, and Brian Bernards (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), pp. 255-69. 
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01578
Contact: pylin@hku.hk
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SCHOOL OF ENGLISH

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 
Professor
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
 

Dr Brian Walter KING
Assistant Professor, School of English
Gender and diversity related research interests: the discursive performance of identities and embodiments at the intersection of ethnicity, gender and sexuality
Selected publications: “Hip Hop headz in sex ed: Gender, agency and styling in New Zealand.” Language in Society. 47(4), 487-512.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp02437
Contact: bwking@hku.hk

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SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES

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

Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of History
Gender and diversity related research interests: gender and women’s history
Selected publication: “Female Education and the Early Development of St Stephen’s Church, Hong Kong (1865-1900s)” Christian Encounters with Chinese Culture: Essays on Anglican and Episcopal History in China. Ed. Wickeri, Philip. Hong Kong University Press. 2015. P. 47-64
Contact: ppchiu@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: ‘Deaconesses in the South China Missions of the Church Missionary Society (CMS), 1922-1951’, in Christian Women in Chinese Society: The Anglican Story, ed. Wai Ching Angela Wong & Patricia P.K. Chiu (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2018), pp. 85-106.
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 Nicole HUANG
Chairperson, Department of Comparative Literature
Gender and diversity related research interests: literary and visual manifestations of human agencies through extraordinary times
Selected publication: Women, War, Domesticity: Shanghai Literature and Popular Culture of the 1940s (Leiden, 2005)
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp02297
Contact: nhuang26@hku.hk

Dr Elizabeth LaCOUTURE
Programme Director, Gender Studies Programme
Assistant Professor, Department of History

Gender and diversity related research interests: women and gender in Chinese and East Asian history, visual and material culture, architecture, beauty and bodies
Selected publication: “Inventing the ‘Foreignized’ Chinese Carpet in Treaty-port Tianjin, China.” Journal of Design History. February 18, 2017.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp02316
Contact: elac@hku.hk

Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Gender and diversity related research interests: feminist film and cultural studies; Hong Kong women filmmakers
Selected publication: “Clara Law, Asia, and World Cinema,” in Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park, Gina Marchetti, and Tan See-Kam, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema (Palgrave-Macmillan Publishers, 2018), pp.689-707.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01177
Contact: marchett@hku.hk

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

Dr Vivian SHENG
Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts
Gender and diversity related research interests: global feminist art history, transnational feminist philosophy and theory
Selected publication: “Yin Xiuzhen’s Fabric Cavities: Fabricating ‘Strange Encounters’.” Sculpture Journal. Issue 23.3. 2014. P. 393-402
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp02282 
Contact: vksheung@hku.hk
 

Dr. Alvin K. WONG
Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Gender and diversity related research interests: gender and sexuality in Chinese and Sinophone cultures, queer theory, feminism, transgender studies, queer Asian studies.
Selected publication: Co-editor of the special issue, “Queer Asia as Critique,” Culture, Theory, and Critique 58.2 (2017).
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp02420
Contact: akhwong@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
 

Dr. Aaron Han Joon MAGNAN-PARK
Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Gender and diversity related research interests: film aesthetics, culture, theory, history, and sound from an Asian-centric perspective
Selected publications: Daehan Neo-realism and the Conundrum of Aimless Confucianism in Yu Hyun-Mok’s Obaltan (1961).” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. Special issue on Korean cinema edited by Chris Berry and Jinhee Choi. 9.2 (Fall 2017): 90-106.​
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01714
Contact: ahjmp@hku.hk

Dr. Elizabeth LASTRA
Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts
Gender and diversity related research interests: Religious and cultural diversity in medieval Spain Selected publications: “Judgment, Work, and Social Change: Reading a New Spirituality in the Sculpted Laborers of Santiago de Carrión de los Condes.” Studies in Iconography. 2018, v. 39, p. 167-206. 
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp02418
Contact: lastra@hku.hk

Dr Julia BOWES
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Gender and diversity related research interests: Gender, the History of the Family, and US Conservatism
Conference Presentation: "Mother Love and Men’s Rights: Discourses of Domesticity and the Sovereign Home in Anti-Vaccination Politics in the United States, 1890-1918" at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, 2019.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp02421
Contact: jbowes@hku.hk

Dr Roz HAMMERS
Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts
Gender and diversity related research interests: Chinese painting, South Asian art, and Asian architectural history
Selected publication: Pictures of Tilling and Weaving: Art, Labor, and Technology in Song and Yuan China, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011.
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01182
Contact: rhammers@hku.hk

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SCHOOL OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

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
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
Lecturer and Honorary Assistant Professor, Spanish Program
Gender and diversity related research interests: gender and sexuality on the screen; gender and class. 
Selected publication: The Question of Class in Contemporary Latin American Cinema. London: Lexington Books, 2018. 
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp02458
Contact: mercedes@hku.hk

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CENTRE FOR APPLIED ENGLISH STUDIES

Dr Aditi Dubey JHAVERI 
Lecturer
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
Contactaditi5@hku.hk


 

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