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Jia Tan

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
Film, Media, Gender, Environmental Humanities
Cambridge Film & Screen
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Dr Jia Tan

Jia Tan is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

She is the author of Digital Masquerade: Feminist Rights and Queer Media in China (New York University Press, 2023). Her research on digital media, television, feminism, queer culture, and environmental humanities have appeared in various international journals. She received her doctoral degree in critical studies of cinema and television from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Southern California and Hong Kong Baptist University before joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has also worked at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Her research has been funded by Research Grants Council Hong Kong, Social Science Research Council, Harold Lloyd Foundation, and so on. Currently, she serves as an Associate Member for Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research, Simon Fraser University, Canada. She is also on the editorial board of Communication, Culture, and Critique, one of the journals affiliated with the International Communication Association (ICA), as well as Journal of Chinese Cinemas. She was a Global Fellow at the University of St. Andrews and a Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam in 2023.

Select publications

  • Tan, Jia. 2023. Digital Masquerade: Feminist Rights and Queer Media in China. New York: New York University Press.
  • Tan, Jia. 2023. “Materializing the Digital Landscape: The Cinema-ecology Complex and Chinese fantasy media.” International Journal of Asian Studies. Volume 20 , Issue 2 , July, 367 – 383.
  • Wang, Yiming and Jia Tan. 2023. “Participatory Censorship and Digital Queer Fandom: The Commercialization of Boys’ Love Culture in China”. International Journal of Communication. 2554–2572.
  • Tan, Jia. 2022. “Platformized Seriality: Chinese Time Travel Fantasy from Prime-time Television to Online Streaming.” Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images 2(1): 57-85. DOI:
  • Tan, Jia. 2022. “Decolonizing Hong Kong Television: Decolonial Vernaculars and the History of RTHK” in Reorienting Hong Kong’s Resistance: Leftism, Decoloniality, and Internationalism, edited by Wen Liu, JN Chien, Christina Chung and Ellie Tse, 139-151. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Tan, Jia. 2019. “Networking Asia Pacific: Queer Film Festivals and the Spatiotemporal Politics of Inter-referencing.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 20, no. 2: 204-19.
  • Tan, Jia. 2017. “Beijing Meets Hawaii: Reflections on ku’er, Indigeneity, and Queer Theory.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 23, no. 1: 137-50. DOI: 10.1215/10642684-3672429.
  • Tan, Jia. 2015. “Toward a Spatiotemporal Consciousness in Media Studies: Locational Aesthetics and Digital Filmmaking in China’s Special Zones.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 9, no. 3: 187-203. DOI:10.1080/17508061.2015.1067992.

Select Awards

  • Global Fellow, University of St. Andrews, 2023
  • Research Fellow, University of Amsterdam, 2023
  • Recipient, General Research Fund, Research Grants Committee Hong Kong, “Digitizing the Non-human: Chinese Fantasy Film and Media in the Anthropocene”, 2022-2024
  • Recipient, General Research Fund, Research Grants Committee Hong Kong, “Mediating quan: Human Rights and Feminist and Queer Media Culture in China”, 2019-2021

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