Advisory board members

Members of Advisory Committee

Prof. Anthony Woodiwiss

Anthony Woodiwiss

Department of Sociology, Seoul National University, South Korea

Anthony Woodiwiss has degrees from the Universities of Leeds, London and Essex. He taught at Essex for 24 years before becoming Head of the Department of Sociology and Dean of Social Sciences at City University, London. In 2008 he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Seoul National University. Apart from numerous articles, he has published 9 books. His most recently published books are Human Rights (Routledge, 2005) and Scoping the Social: an Introduction to the Practice of Social Theory (Open University Press, 2005). An earlier book, The Visual in Social Theory (Athlone Press, 2001) was translated into Chinese and published by Peking University Press in 2009.

Prof. Chris Berry

Professor Chris Berry

Department of Film Studies, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Chris Berry’s work centres on Chinese cinemas (including those of the People’s Republic, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and diasporic China) and has also extended to cover Chinese television, Chinese independent video documentary, Chinese new media and computer-mediated communication, Korean cinema, queer Asian cinema, and more. He is the co-editor (with Kim Soyoung and Lynn Spigel) of Electronic Elsewheres: Media, Technology, and Social Space (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), (with Nicola Liscutin and Jonathan D. Mackintosh) of Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia: What a Difference a Region Makes (Hong Kong University Press, 2009), (with Ying Zhu) of TV China (Indiana University Press, 2009), and editor of Chinese Films in Focus II (London: British Film Institute, 2008). He is also one of the series editors of book series TransAsia: Screen Cultures and Queer Asia of Hong Kong University Press. He is on the editorial board of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and is also serving on the GRF Humanities and Social Sciences Panel. Berry is teach at the Department of Film Studies, King’s College, London.

Prof. Lisa Rofel

Lisa Rofel

Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, United States

Lisa Rofel is Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Santa Cruz. Rofel has brought feminist, postcolonial and Marxist poststructuralist approaches to bear on questions of modernity, postsocialism, capitalism, desire, queer identities, and transnational encounters. She has written extensively about China. She is the author of two groundbreaking books on Chinese gender and sexuality, Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality and Public Culture (Duke University Press, 2007) and Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism (University of California Press, 1999). She is on the editorial board of positions: east asia cultures critique.

Dr. Ho Kong-chong


Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Ho Kong-chong is Associate Professor of Sociology and Vice Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. Trained as an urban sociologist at the University of Chicago, Ho’s research interests are in the political economy of cities, migration, higher education, youth, and leisure. Ho is board member of Research Committee 21 (Sociology of Urban and Regional, International Sociological Association) and an editorial board member of Pacific Affairs. He is co-author of State of Youth in Singapore (National Youth Council, 2011) and City-States in the Global Economy: Industrial Restructuring in Hong Kong and Singapore (Westview, 1997). He is recently working on a project titled “Globalizing Universities and International Student Mobilities in East Asia (MOE T2 grant) and Asian Cities: Liveability, Sustainability, Diversity and Spaces of Encounter” (Global Asia Institute Grant).

Prof. Ma Kit-wai Eric

MA Eric KW

School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Eric Ma Kit-wai received his Ph.D. from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research interests are cultural identities, media and cultural changes, and social and cultural theories. He is currently researching on media representations and identity, politics in transborder migration, urban cultural studies and visual culture. Ma’s publications have appeared in journals such as Cultural Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Social Text, Positions, Gazette, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Visual Anthropology, etc. His most recently published book is Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China (Hong Kong University Press, 2011).

Ms. Fung Mei-wah


HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong

Fung Mei-wah is the holder of an MA in Human Resources Management. She worked as a management trainer with the Hong Kong Civil Service Training and Development Institute, resigning from the civil service in 1998. Fung was a film buff in her childhood, and became an independent Super-8 filmmaker in the late 1970s, and a video artist in late 1980s. In addition to her artistic work, she has also been a critic, an administrator, a curator as well as an advisor to several independent art spaces. She was a recipient of an Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 1994 for video art and of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Artistic Development Award in 1999. She is advisor on film to the Leisure & Cultural Services Department and to the Film & Video Department of Hong Kong Arts Centre, and a member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Ms. Connie Lam

Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

Connie Lam is an experienced art administrator who has been a sincere devotee to animation and comics. Back in the 1990′s, she brought the animation collections and original manuscripts of Tezuka Osamu, the renowned and well-respected Japanese comic artist to Hong Kong for public spectacles. In 2005, she coordinated i-city, the first HKAC animation creation project showcasing nine local original independent animation works. She has contributed to the launch of the French version of comics written by celebrated local artists Lai Tat Tat Wing and Ah Ko. Lam also curated “Comix Home Base Project”, a large-scale local comic project taking place between 2006 and 2008, featuring over eight comic exhibitions. The local comic-related exhibits featured in the project toured around the world, paving the way for local comics and comic artists to launch their careers overseas. Last year, Lam was selected as one of the participants in the International Visitor Leadership Programme organized by the US Department of State for cross-cultural exchange, continuing to make significant contribution to the development of the arts and culture in Hong Kong.