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Prof. TAN Jia

Prof. TAN Jia

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Critical Studies (Cinema-Television)
With Visual Studies Graduate Certificate
University of Southern California

M.A. in Critical Studies (Cinema-Television)
University of Southern California

B.A. in Journalism, Tsinghua University

About Prof. TAN Jia

Jia TAN is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 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 CUHK. She has also worked at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.


Her research on digital media, feminism, queer culture, and documentary have appeared in Crime, Media, Culture; Critical Studies in Media Communication; GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Journal of Chinese Cinemas. Her research has been funded by Research Grants Council, 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).

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    • Film and Media Studies
    • Television Studies
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Digital Activism
    • Human Rights
    • Fantasy Media
    1. 2021-present  Principal Investigator, RGC GRF “Digitizing the Non-human: Chinese Fantasy Film and Media in the Anthropocene” (Award Year: 2021/22; Project no.: 14601421), HKD429,209.
    2. 2021-present  Principal Investigator, “Getting Older on Screen: The Cultural Politics of Ageing in Hong Kong Cinema,” Direct Grant for Research, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKD $87,300.
    3. 2019-2021  Principal Investigator, RGC GRF “Mediating quan: Human Rights and Feminist and Queer Media Culture in China” (Award Year: 2018/19; Project no.: 14612818), HKD381, 000, (01/01/ 2019 – 31/3/2021).
    4. 2017-2018  Principal Investigator, “Visualizing Gender/Sexuality: Feminist and Queer Film Festivals in China,” Direct Grant for Research, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKD 70,000.
    5. 2015-2017 Principal Investigator, RGC ECS “Digitized Engagements: Feminist and Queer Media Activism in China” (Award Year: 2014/15; Project no.: 22607115), HKD324, 080, (01/09/ 2015 – 30/11/2017).
    1. Tan, Jia. 2023. Digital Masquerade: Feminist and Queer Media and Rights in China. New York: New York University Press. Book Monograph.
    2. Tan, Jia. (forthcoming). “Chinese Feminist and Queer Activism Against Gender-based Violence” in Routledge Companion to Gender, Media & Violence, edited by Karen Boyle and Susan Berridge. (under contract with Routledge)
    3. Chan, Sam Lik, Jia Tan, and Elija Cassidy. 2023. “Introduction” Special Issue of “Queer Cultures in Digital Asia”. International Journal of Communication. 2455-2462. 
    4. 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. 
    5. Tan, Jia. 2022. “Materializing the animist landscape: The cinema-ecology complex and Chinese fantasy media.” International Journal of Asian Studies. 1-17. 
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Tan, Jia. 2019. “Networking Asia Pacific: Queer Film Festivals and the Spatiotemporal Politics of Inter-referencing.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 20 (2): 204-219.
    9. Tan, Jia. 2018. “Transpacific Inter-Referencing.” BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly,198 (Summer): 20–22.
    10. Tan, Jia. 2017. “Digital Masquerading: Feminist Media Activism in China.” Crime, Media, Culture, 13(2), 171–186.
    11. Tan, Jia. 2017. “Beijing Meets Hawaii: Reflections on kuer, indigeneity, and queer theory.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 23 (1): 137-150.
    12. Tan, Jia. 2016. “Aesthetics of Queer Becoming: Comrade Yue and Chinese Community-based Documentaries Online.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 33 (1): 38-52.
    13. 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 (3): 187-203.
    14. Tan, Jia. 2015. “Neoliberalized Romantic Encounter: If You Are the One and the Gender Politics of Chinese Reality TV.” Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies 20 (Spring): 79 – 102. (in Chinese)
    15. Tan, Jia. 2014. “Provincializing the Chinese Mediascape: Cantonese Digital Activism in Southern China." In China’s iGeneration: Cinema and Moving Image Culture for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Matthew D. Johnson, Keith B. Wagner, Kiki Tianqi Yu, and Luke Vulpiani, 197-211. New York: Bloomsbury.
    1. Consultant, “Papa Rainbow” (Documentary, 90 min, 2016). A documentary about the parents of LGBTs in China.
    2. Consultant, “The VaChina Monologues” (Documentary, 33 min, 2014). A documentary about the localization of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues in China.
    3. Consultant, “Decoding American Documentary Films.” 9 episode TV documentary series, China Education Television, 2012.
    4. Producer, director, cinematographer and editor, “Erica” (shot on 16mm film, 6 min, 2009). Selection, Davis Feminist Film Festival, 04/2010; Best Gay/Lesbian film nominee, Great Lakes International Film Festival, 09/2010.
    5. Curator, “Chinese Female Filmmakers Screening Series: Highlighting USC China Film Collection” screening program, Cinematheque 108, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, 11/2009.
  • Teaching Grant
    2021-present Principal Investigator, Virtual Teaching and Learning Grant, “Bullet Screen” for Virtual Teaching and Learning: An Innovation for Online Collaborative Video Analysis, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKD300,000 (USD38,500).



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 Professor Jia TAN| Research keywords for Cultural Studies: Reality Television