Natalia Sui-hung CHAN is an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is on the editorial board of Envisage: A Journal Book of Chinese Media Studies in Taiwan, and her recent publications in Chinese include Decadent City: Hong Kong Popular Culture (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1996), City on the Edge of Time: Gender, Special Effects and the 1997 Politics of Hong Kong Cinema (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2002), Female Heteroglossia: Media and Cultural Readings (Hong Kong: Youth Literary, 2002) and Butterfly of Forbidden Colors: The Artistic Image of Leslie Cheung (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing, 2008).
Shi-Yan CHAO is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University. Having published various articles in Chinese, he is currently working on a dissertation on Chinese tongzhi/queer media.
Eleanor CHEUNG is currently conducting research on transgender subjectivities in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. She is an active member in the LGBTIQ community in Hong Kong, including being one of the founding members of HKqUeer Campus, a network for sexual and gender minorities at the University of Hong Kong.
Xiaopei HE is a long-term activist from Beijing involved with women and tongzhi organizing since the 1990s. She holds Ph.D. and masters’ degrees in gender, sexuality and cultural studies, and is now the executive director of Pink Space Culture and Development Centre, a Beijing-based NGO working on sexuality which conducts research and advocacy.
KAM Yip Lo Lucetta received her Ph.D. from the gender studies programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication, Chu Hai College, Hong (p.x) Kong. Her publications include “TB zhe xingbie” (Gender: TB), in E-Journal on Hong Kong Cultural and Social Studies 2 (September 2002); “Noras on the Road: Family and Marriage of Lesbian Women in Shanghai”, in Journal of Lesbian Studies 10.3/4 (July 2006); “Recognition through Mis-recognition: Masculine Women in Hong Kong”, in AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in the Asia-Pacific (edited by Fran Martin and Peter Jackson et al., University of Illinois Press, forthcoming); “Queer Guise for the Straight Guy: The Construction of Metrosexuals in Hong Kong”, in Mainstreaming Gender (edited by Fanny Cheung et al., forthcoming). Kam and James Welker are editors of “Of Queer Import(s): Sexualities, Genders, and Rights in Asia”, a special issue for Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context (issue 14, Autumn 2006). She also edited Yueliang de shaodong—tata de chulian gushi: women de zhishu (Lunar desires: Her first same-sex love in her own words) (Hong Kong: Cultural Act Up, 2001), the first anthology of lesbian writing from Hong Kong and Macau.
Travis S. K. KONG is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. His research expertise is on gay men and lesbians, sex workers, and people with HIV/AIDS in Chinese communities. His recent projects are researching Chinese masculinity (gay men and male sex workers) and examining queer politics in Chinese communities. His articles have appeared in books, encyclopedias, and journals such as Body & Society, Sexualities, and Gender, Work and Organization. Kong is also a cultural activist who works for many non-governmental organizations.
Amy SIM is currently teaching in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to her graduate studies in cultural anthropology at the Department of Sociology, the University of Hong Kong, Sim has worked in a regional NGO in Asia for five years on issues of sustainable development. Her research interests are in migration, NGOs, social movements, labor activism, gender and sexuality in East and Southeast Asia.
Denise Tse Shang TANG is currently an assistant professor in the Graduate Institute for Gender Studies at Shih Hsin University, Taipei. Born in Hong Kong, she received her M.A. in educational studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research interests include queer pedagogy, lesbian spaces in Hong Kong, gender and sexualities, new media and visual culture. Since 1994, she has worked with marginalized populations in community-based organizations (Vancouver BC, Seattle and San Francisco) in the fields of violence against women, juvenile justice, queer (p.xi) youth, aboriginals, mental health, substance use and HIV/AIDS. Taking a break from social services, she returned to Hong Kong in 2003 and became the festival director of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2004 and 2005.
YAU Ching is an associate professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. in media arts from Royal Holloway College, University of London and has also received a Rockefeller Post-doctoral Humanities Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Arts Fellowship, Japan Foundation artist-in-residence and several Hong Kong Arts Development Council grants. Known locally as a writer, filmmaker and cultural activist, she is a founding member of Nutong Xueshe, an LBGTQ-based organization for cultural advocacy and public education, and serves as executive board member for Midnight Blue, a male sex workers’ support network in China and Hong Kong. She has authored five books in Chinese, including Sexing Shadows: A Study of Representation of Gender and Sexuality in Hong Kong Cinema (Hong Kong Film Critics’ Society, 2005), The Impossible Home (Hong Kong: Youth Literary, 2000), a book in English, Filming Margins: Tang Shu Shuen, a Forgotten Hong Kong Woman Director (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2004) and has edited Sexual Politics (Hong Kong: Cosmos, 2006). Her most recent English publication is “Performing Contradictions, Performing Bad-Girlness in Japan”, a chapter in Kathy E. Ferguson and Monique Mironesco (eds.), Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific: Method, Practice and Theory (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008). Her first feature film HoYuk (Let’s Love Hong Kong) won the Critics’ Grand Prize for Fiction at Figueira da Foz International Film Festival, Portugal in 2002. (p.xii)