IACS Society Board 2017 – 2019

Yiu Fai CHOW

CHOW Yiu Fai received his PhD degree at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. He is Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2013, his co-authored book Sonic Multiplicities: Hong Kong Pop and the Global Circulation of Sound and Image was published. His academic works appeared in Cultural Studies; Inter-Asia Cultural Studies; and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. His current research projects concern creative class and single women. Next to his academic life, Chow is also an award-winning creative writer. He has penned some 1,000 lyrical works for a diversity of Chinese pop artists. Lately, Chow has been increasingly involved in prose writing, multi-media and visual art projects. Born in Hong Kong, Chow received his first degree at the University of Hong Kong, majoring in English Studies and Comparative Literature. Before moving to the Netherlands in 1992, Chow worked at the Hong Kong Information Services Department, Asian Arts Festival, Ming Pao and Commercial Radio. In the Netherlands he worked as presenter/editor for the Chinese-language radio services under the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation. He returned to Hong Kong in 2011 after obtaining his doctoral degree.


Takeshi HAMANO

Takeshi Hamano is Associate Professor in sociology in the Faculty of Humanities and the Graduate School of Social Systems Studies of the University of Kitakyushu, Japan. He earned his Ph.D. from the College of Arts of the University of Western Sydney in 2011. His recent major research interests include the transformation of the perception of the contemporary Japanese family in the experience of Asian globalization, considering issues related to family disputes about shared parenting in the separated family after divorce. Also, he has carried out cultural analysis of diverse topics, such as international migration, popular culture and tourism. He has been currently a member of editorial team of the Association for Cultural Typhoon (The Japanese Association for Cultural Studies) and a member of the board of directors of the Japanese Association of Australian Studies. He has published several articles and books in both Japanese and English.


Timothy LAURIE

Dr. Timothy Laurie teaches in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, where he currently coordinates undergraduate subjects ‘Communicating Difference’ and ‘Global Cinema’ at UTS. He completed his undergraduate studies in media and philosophy at the University of Adelaide, and wrote his PhD dissertation on popular music and cultural criticism in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Together with Rimi Khan, Timothy has co-convened the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia conference in 2015, and is a co-convenor for the Australasian Society of Continental Philosophy conference in 2017. His main research interest is cultural identity and gender in popular culture, with a focus on music and film. He has published research on K-Pop, Motown, film musicals and cultural politics across journals including Social Identities, Feminist Media Studies, Cultural Studies Review, Angelaki and Continuum, among others. In addition to research on popular culture, Timothy is currently working on two collaborative research projects: an empirical study of supervision practices in higher education, and a short philosophical book project entitled ‘Masculinity After Deleuze’.


Keewoong LEE

Keewoong Lee is currently HK Research Professor at Institute for East Asian Studies, Sungkonghoe University, Korea. His latest publications include “Gentrification effects: The flow of cultural refugees and place making in the vicinities of Hongdae,” “Living home abroad: Deterritorialized musical practices of ‘expats’ and production of cosmopolitan cultural space in Korea,”Localization of gentrification in (South) East Asia: Alternative urbanism and production of difference in four cities,” “Gentrification in Seoul and the rise of an alternative urban movement,”  Sounds from the Periphery: Modernity and development of Asian Pop 1960-2000. He has been a board member of the IACSS from 2015-17. He is General Secretary of IACS Conference 2017 in Seoul.



Lisa Y.M. Leung is Associate Professor of Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University Hong Kong. She is Acting Programme Director of the Department’s Masters in Cultural Studies Programme, and is currently the Chair of the Equal Opportunities Committee of the University. She is a Consultant of the RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong). She has researched and published extensively in the area of minority and migration studies, and is co-author of the book Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong (2014).  She also has researched and published as book chapters and journal articles in the global circulation of East Asian popular culture, the most recent one being  ‘Unrequited Love in the Cottage Industry? Mediating Transnational Fandom on Social Media Fansites in the case of K-pop’ , in Global Hallyu Studies (Lexington Books, forthcoming). She is currently focusing on the role of social media in social movements, having published journal articles such as ‘Mediated Violence as “Global News”: co-opted “Performance” in the Framing of the WTO’, in Media, Culture and Society (Sage Publications, 31(2), March 2009, and ‘Free TV as Cultural Right: the case of HKTV Movement’ in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2015).


Xiaoming LUO

Luo Xiaoming is an associate professor working in Program in Cultural Studies of Shanghai University. Her doctoral thesis focused on the curriculum reform in senior high school driven by the Chinese government and had been published by Shanghai Bookstore Press in 2012. She also has written and published one book for those college students and young persons who have interested in Cultural Studies in Mainland China. Now her research interest is on urban culture and social space in everyday life, especially on how to rethink and create new kind of public space in contemporary China.

She is one of the organizers of “our cities” citizen forum since 2012, whose aim is inviting the ordinary people to come together to discuss the city’s problems by themselves. She was the organizer for the pre-conference of 2007 IACS Conference in Shanghai and now she is one of the organizers for Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2018 in Shanghai. As a board member of the IACS, she is editing the Inter-Asia Reader of the Chinese version, which will be published in 2018.



Tejaswini Niranjana is currently Professor and Head, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She is co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, which offered an innovative inter-disciplinary PhD programme from 2000-2012. During 2012-16, she headed the Centre for Indian Languages in Higher Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and was Indian-language advisor to Wikipedia. She is the author of Siting Translation: History, Post-structuralism and the Colonial Context (Berkeley, 1992), Mobilizing India: Women, Music and Migration between India and Trinidad (Durham, 2006), and a forthcoming monograph on musicophilia in Mumbai. Her most recent edited volumes are (with Wang Xiaoming), Genealogies of the Present: Situating Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Delhi, 2015), and (with Anup Dhar and K Sridhar), Breaking the Silo: Integrated Science Education in India (Delhi, 2017). She has been the Chair of the IACSS from 2015-17.



Seuty Sabur is an activist-academic, currently teaching at the Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University, Dhaka. She completed her Bachelors and Masters degree in Anthropology from Dhaka University. She obtained her second MA from Hiroshima University, Japan. She attained her doctoral degree in sociology at the National University of Singapore. She has published in various peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and encyclopedia. For the past few years her core research interest has been the Metropolitan Middle Class of Bangladesh – their lifestyle, changing gender role and their social and transnational networks. She is a participant observer of various social movements in Bangladesh. She has been on the board of ‘Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society’. She has been working closely with ‘Bangladesh Mahila Parishad’- the largest and oldest feminist organization in Bangladesh, as well as for the ‘Garments Shamhati’.



Shuri Mariasih Gietty Tambunan is the Head of the English Study Program in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia. At the moment, she is teaching Cultural Studies courses, both in the undergraduate and also in the postgraduate programs. Some of her classes are Introduction to Popular Culture, Multiculturalism and Globalization and Etnography in Cultural Studies. She completed her PhD in the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, in 2013. Her research focus during her doctoral studies was about transnational flow of East Asian television dramas in Indonesia within the context of cultural globalization. She received her Master Degrees in Cultural Studies from the University of Indonesia (2007) and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2010). During her study in both countries, she did a number of researches on transnational movement of cultural products like Hindi films in Indonesia. She was the organizer for the 2015 IACS Conference in Surabaya.


Andy Chih-ming WANG

Andy Chih-ming Wang is associate research fellow at the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He is the author of Transpacific Articulations: Student Migration and the Remaking of Asian America (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013); co-editor of Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017); and guest-editor of the “Asian American Studies in Asia” special issue for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (June 2012). His research focuses on Asian American literature and cultural studies in transpacific and inter-Asian contexts. His articles have appeared in American Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, Cultural Studies, positions and Chinese America: History and Perspectives.


Audrey Yue

Audrey Yue is Professor in Media, Culture and Critical Theory in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. Before returning to Singapore (where she was born and schooled) and joining NUS in July 2017, she lived in Australia for 30 years where she last held the positions of Professor in Cultural Studies and Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne.

Her research covers the fields of Sinophone media cultures; cultural policy and development, and; queer Asian studies. She has published 7 scholarly books and more than 80 refereed journal articles and book chapters, including Promoting Sustainable Living (2015), Sinophone Cinemas (2014), Transnational Australian Cinema (2013), Queer Singapore (2012), Ann Hui’s Song of the Exile (2010), AsiaPacifiQueer (2008) and Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia (2003). Her recent essays appear in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Urban Studies and International Journal of Cultural Policy.  She is Editorial Board Member of Sexualities, Feminist Media Studies, International Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Cultural Studies Review and Hong Kong Studies.

She has received more than AUD$6m in competitive research grants, and is currently Chief/Partner Investigator in three Australian Research Council funded projects on arts participation in the smart city; young people and multiculturalism, and; Asian media flows in Australia. As part of her engaged research practice, she has established 16 industry partnerships across the government and NGO sectors of migrant youth, multicultural arts and cultural development. She was Ministerial Appointment to Australia’s Victorian State Government’s Multicultural Arts Policy Advisory Committee (2010-2012), and between 2011-2015, conducted longitudinal evaluation of arts and culture programs with five national, state and local government agencies in Australia.

She is recipient of three national and university-wide teaching excellence awards. She supervised to completion 21 PhD theses as Principle Supervisor; developed and coordinated subjects on Hong Kong cinema, Asian media, digital diasporas and cultural policy, and; conducted an annual masterclass on cultural evaluation.  She currently serves as External Academic Advisor to the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University (Hong Kong) and is Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.