2013 – 2014 International Network to Expand Regional and Collaborative Teaching (INTERACT) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Queer theory and media, Chinese-language film, horror cinema, film histories, international film auteurs, transnational martial arts film, melodrama, and documentary film
Shi-Yan Chao received his PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University. Granted distinction by the Cinema Studies Department, his dissertation, “Processing Tongzhi Imaginaries: Chinese Queer Representation in the Global Mediascape,” examines the production and consumption of tongzhi/queer images from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Taking an interdisciplinary approach that combines cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology, his work locates Chinese queer representations within the interactive and interdependent relations between the cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of the global framework.
At NYU, Chao has taught courses on Asian horror and Taiwanese cinema and has lectured on mainland Chinese media. In addition to queer theory and media, Chinese-language film, and horror cinema, Chao’s research interests include film histories, international film auteurs, transnational martial arts film, melodrama, and documentary film.
Chao’s articles on Chinese queer documentaries, “Coming Out if The Box, Marching as Dykes” and “Performing Gender, Performing Documentary in Postsocialist China,” are published in Chris Berry et al., The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: For the Public Record and Yau Ching ed., As Normal As Possible: Negotiating Sexuality and Gender in Mainland China and Hong Kong, respectively. He is currently developing his doctoral dissertation into a book manuscript while also working on a journal article tentatively titled “Queer Affect and Camp Aesthetic in Taiwanese Queer Documentaries.” From 2010 to 2012, he also served on the selection committee of the Asian American International Film Festival in New York.
Chao holds an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU and a BA in Economics from National Taiwan University.