Dr. LAU Wai Sim, Dorothy
Assistant Professor
Programme Director, Bachelor of Communication (Honours) - Film Major (Film and Television Concentration)

dorolau@hkbu.edu.hk
34118099
Education: 
PhD, Comparative Literature,The University of Hong Kong

Area of Interests: 
Stardom / Star performance / Fandom / Screen culture / Digital media / Participatory culture / Transnational cinema / East Asian cinema / Sinophone cinema / Hong Kong cinema / Film Theory

Major Highlights: 


AWARD

Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work 2018/19 by School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University

PUBLICATIONS

Single-authored Books

Reorienting Chinese Stars in Global Polyphonic Network: Voice, Ethnicity, Power (under book contract with Palgrave Macmillan)
Chinese Stardom in Participatory Cyberculture, Edinburgh University Press, 2018 (https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-chinese-stardom-in-participatory-cyberculture-hb.html)

Journal Articles / Book Chapters (Referred Works)

“Star Construction in the Era of Media Convergence: Pro-Am Online Videos, Co-creative Culture, and Transnational Chinese Icons on YouTube.” Media Culture in Transnational Asia: Convergences and Divergences, ed. Park, Hyesu. Rutgers University Press. (Forthcoming 2020)
“Gazing of the Wuxia Body: Digital Visual Effects, Looking Relations, and Spectatorship in Peter Chan’s Wu Xia (2011).” Digital Culture and Humanities: Challenges and Developments in a Globalized Asia. Springer. (Forthcoming 2020)
“Discussing Takeshi Kaneshiro: The Polysemic, Pan-Asian Star Image on Internet Fan Forums,” positions: asia media critique 26(4): 2018. 687-718.
“Donnie Yen’s Star Persona in Amateur-produced Videos on YouTube,” Transformative Works and Culture 28, 10th anniversary issue, “The Future of Fandom”. 2018.
“On (Not) Speaking English: The ‘Phonic’ Personae of Transnational Chinese Stars in the Global Visual Network.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 12(1), 2018: 20-40.
“Reframing Celebrities in the Post-Handover Hong Kong: Political Advocacy, Social Media, and the Performance of Denise Ho,” Hong Kong Studies 1 (1), 2018: 51-65.

RESEARCH GRANTS

UGC RGC Competitive Research Funding Schemes: The Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), “Reimagining Chinese Celebrities in the Cosmopolitical Order: Humanitarianism, Social Media, Fan Identification.” Principal Investigator. HKD524,431. 2018.
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Area of Interests

Stardom / Star performance / Fandom / Screen culture / Digital media / Participatory culture / Transnational cinema / East Asian cinema / Sinophone cinema / Hong Kong cinema / Film Theory


Academic Qualification

PhD
Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong
MPhil
Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University
BA
Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong

Positions

2019 - Present
Program Director of Bachelor of Communication (Hons), Film and Television Concentration
2018 - Present
Assistant Professor, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
2013 – 2018
Lecturer, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
2012 – 2013 
Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong
2009 - 2012 
Tutor, Department of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong
2005 – 2009
College Lecturer, Center for International Degree Programmes/Community College & School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong
2002 – 2005
Lecturer, Department of English, Chu Hai College of Higher Education
2000 – 2002
Tutor, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University
1999 – 2000
Research Assistant, Department of Cinema and Television, Hong Kong Baptist University

Research Grants

UGC RGC Competitive Research Funding Schemes: The Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), “Reimagining Chinese Celebrities in the Cosmopolitical Order: Humanitarianism, Social Media, Fan Identification.” Principal Investigator. HKD524,431. Jan 2018-Jan 2020. 
HKBU Start-up Grant (Tier 1). “Asian Celebrities and Humanitarianism in the Global Age.” Principal Investigator. HKD10,000, 2018.
Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University. “Chinese Film Stardom in New Media Landscape.” Principal Investigator. HKD20,000, Sept – Nov 2016. 

Publications

Single-authored Books

Reorienting Chinese Stars in Global Polyphonic Network: Voice, Ethnicity, Power (under book contract with Palgrave Macmillan)
Chinese Stardom in Participatory Cyberculture, Edinburgh University Press, 2018 (https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-chinese-stardom-in-participatory-cyberculture-hb.html)

Journal Articles / Book Chapters (Referred Works)

“Star Construction in the Era of Media Convergence: Pro-Am Online Videos, Co-creative Culture, and Transnational Chinese Icons on YouTube.” Media Culture in Transnational Asia: Convergences and Divergences, ed. Park, Hyesu. Rutgers University Press. (Forthcoming 2020)
“Gazing of the Wuxia Body: Digital Visual Effects, Looking Relations, and Spectatorship in Peter Chan’s Wu Xia (2011).” Digital Culture and Humanities: Challenges and Developments in a Globalized Asia. Springer. (Forthcoming 2020)
“Discussing Takeshi Kaneshiro: The Polysemic, Pan-Asian Star Image on Internet Fan Forums,” positions: Asia media critique.26(4): 2018. 687-718.
“Donnie Yen’s Star Persona in Amateur-produced Videos on YouTube,” Transformative Works and Cultures 28, “The Future of Fandom” (10th anniversary issue). 2018
“On (Not) Speaking English: The ‘Phonic’ Personae of Transnational Chinese Stars in the Global Visual Network.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 12(1), 2018: 20-40.
“Reframing Celebrities in the Post-Handover Hong Kong: Political Advocacy, Social Media, and the Performance of Denise Ho,” Hong Kong Studies 1 (1), 2018: 51-65.
“Rearticulating Bruce Lee and his ‘Hip-Hop Fury’ in Fan Made Videos” in Lasting Screen Stars: Personas that Endure and Images that Fade. eds. Lucy Bolton and Julie Lobalzo Wright. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 291-303.
“‘Friending’ Jet Li on Facebook: The Chinese Celebrity Persona in Online Social Network.” Journal of Asian Cinema 26(2), 2016: 169-192. 
“Remediating the Star Body: Donnie Yen’s Kung Fu Persona in Hypermedia,” Studies in Media and Communication 4(2): December 2016: 90-98.
“The Matrix Hero on YouTube: Fan Vids as a Form of Transmedia Storytelling” in Social Media: Global Perspectives, Applications and Benefits and Dangers. ed. Annmarie Bennet. Nova Science Publishers. 2014, 89-106.
“Actor or Ambassador? The Star Persona of Jackie Chan in Social Media.” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. March 2014: 1-17.
“Donnie Yen’s Wing Chun Body as a Cyber-Intertext.” Journal of Chinese Cinema 7 (2), 2013: 157-173.
“The Flickering of Jackie Chan: Transnational Chinese Film Stardom, Web 2.0, and the Signification of Performance.” The International Journal of the Humanities 8 (2), 2010: 11-22.
“Between Personal Signature and Industrial Standards: John Woo as a Hong Kong Auteur in Hollywood.” LEWI Working Paper Series 22. Hong Kong Baptist University. 3.2004.
“Hollywood: An Unfailing Institution.” Film Appreciation Journal. Fall, No. 121. 10-12. 2004 (Chinese).
“Interview With Karen Fang—The Writer of A Better Tomorrow”. Film Critics’ Quarterly. 7.2004: 28 (Chinese).

Book Chapters / Journal Articles (Non-Referred Works)

「‘I Desire, Therefore I Am’:後現代資本主義與慾望的經濟」.《經世致用─經濟與神學 的另類想像》. 趙崇明編. 香港: 文藝出版社. 2016. 
香港電影人在荷里活. 《吳宇森電影講座》. 桌伯棠編. 香港: 香港浸會大學電影電視系, 天地圖書. 2005, 205-272.
“Hollywood: An Unfailing Institution.” Film Appreciation Journal. Fall, No. 121. 10-12. 2004.
“Interview With Karen Fang—The Writer of A Better Tomorrow”. Film Critics’ Quarterly. 7.2004: 28. 

Translation Projects

From Chinese to English

Cheuk, Pak Tong, Hong Kong New Wave Cinema (1978-2000), Bristol, UK / Chicago, USA: Intellect, 2008.

From English to Chinese

Godawa, Brian. Hollywood Worldview: Watching Film with Wisdom and Discernment. Hong Kong: FES Press. 2005 (from English to Chinese).
Bordwell, David. “Transnational Space: Toward a Poetics of Chinese Cinema.” Film Appreciation Journal 104. 6-8.2000: 15-25, Co-trans. with Yeh Yueh-yu (from English to Chinese).
Kleinhans, Chuck. “Becoming Hollywood: New Era of Hong Kong.” Film Appreciation Journal 105, 9-11.2000: 23-28, Co-trans. with Yeh Yueh-yu (from English to Chinese).

Conference Papers / Presentations

“Exploring Celebrity Humanitarianism in Asia: Aadmir Khan’s Cosmopolitical Persona in Transmedia Space.” Starring Asia: A Three-Day Conference on Asian Stardom and Celebrity, Melbourne, Australia, December 2-4 2019.
[As invited speaker] “Intermedial Star Construction in the 1980s’ Hong Kong Cinema.” The Fourth International Conference on the Film Histories of Taiwan and Asia: Taiwan and Hong Kong Cinemas during the 1980s, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, April 27-28, 2019.
“Star Construction in the Era of Media Convergence: Pro-Am Online Videos, Participatory Culture, and Donnie Yen’s Image on YouTube,” AAS-in-Asia, New Delhi, July 7, 2018.
‘“Who is Mr. Kam, or … Mr. Kim?”: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Intermediality, and East-Asian Star Construction in the Culture of Convergence,’ Asia Intermedialities: New Objects, Themes, and Methods at the Convergence of East and Southeast Asian Cultural and Media Studies, Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 26, 2018.
“When Martial Arts Meets Star Wars: Amateur-produced Videos, Knowledge of Stars, Discursive Power.” The Third International Conference in Pop Culture and Education, Hong Kong: The Education University of Hong Kong, July 20, 2017.
‘Remembering the “Dragon”: Fan-made Video Tributes of Bruce Lee in the Digital Participatory Era.’ Interdisciplinary Conference: Research and Teaching in the Digital Era: Dialogues on Screen, Literary, and Ecocritical Studies, Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong, May 24, 2017. 
‘Authenticating the Martial Arts Body in Hong Kong Cinema: The Case of Dragon Tiger Gate.” RIDCH Conference: Digital Art and Film, Hong Kong: Open University of Hong Kong, July 4-6, 2016.
“Gazing of the Wuxia Body: Digital Visual Effects, Looking Relations, and Peter Chan’s Wu Xia (2011),” RIDCH Conferences: Digitization and Reconceptualizations of the Humanities, Hong Kong: Open University of Hong Kong, December 17-18, 2015.
“The Ethnic Star Phenomenon in Participatory Cyberculture: Chinese Movie Stardom, Zhang Ziyi, and YouTube,” The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, Osaka, Japan, April 5-8, 2012.
“The Martial-Arts Body as Cyber-Intertext: The Case of Donnie Yen,” Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, March 16-20, 2012.
“Friending the Star in the Networked, Participatory Culture: The Case of Jet Li on Facebook,” Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association Conference (Computer Culture Area), Albuqueque, USA, February 8-11, 2012.
“The Flickering of Jackie Chan: Cosmopolitan Chinese Film Stardom, Web 2.0, and the Signification of Performance.” China-West: Cosmopolitics, Memory and Visual Media in the 21st Century, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 11-12, 2010.
“Binary Reflexivity – Changes of John Woo’s Auteurism in Hollywood and the Implications,” Annual Conference of Chinese Communication Association, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, July 3-5, 2001.
“From Killer to King: Exploring Masculinity of Chow Yun-fat in Hollywood,” Mediamorphosis: The 3rd Postgraduate Conference on Communication in Chinese Societies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 27, 2000.

Invited Lectures and Talks

“From the Celluloid Screen to the Cyber Screen: Re-reading Film Stars in Participatory Culture.” The Read & Red: Pillars of PolyU Lecture Series, Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. October 14, 2019.
“Reimagining Film Stars in Cyberculture: Donnie Yen's Martial Arts Body, Digital Poetics, and Co-creative Media Economies,” The Visual Cultural Studies program, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. September 27, 2019.
“Chinese Celebrities in Participatory Cyberspace.” The Education University of Hong Kong, March 28, 2019.
“Chinese Stardom in Participatory Cyberculture.” Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, March 25, 2019.
“Reinventing Film Stardom in Digital Culture.” The University of Hong Kong. March 15, 2019.
“Chinese Stardom in Participatory Cyberculture.” Hong Kong Baptist University, Januray 25, 2019.
“From the Celluloid Screen to the Cyber Screen: Re-reading Film Stars in Participatory Culture.” The Read & Red: Pillars of PolyU Lecture Series, Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. (Forthcoming 2019)
“Reimagining Kung Fu Stars in Cyberculture: Donnie Yen, Amateur-produced Videos, and Co-creative Media Economies,” The Visual Cultural Studies program, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. (Forthcoming 2019)
“Isango Ensemble - U-Carmen eKhayelitsha”, HK Arts Festival 2018 & Hong Kong Baptist University, Febrary 8, 2018.
“Watch Great Movies - Breathless”, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University, January 24, 2017.
“Semiotics in Films”, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University, April 14, 2004.

Professional  Experiences

Journal Reviewer

Journal of Asian Cinema, Ex-position

Adjudicator

2018/11           The First Global University Film Awards (first round selection)
2019                 The Second Global University Film Awards (first round selection)

Discussant

International Research Postgraduate Conference on Method in Asia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. October 27, 2018.

Organizing Committee Member

Academic conference: Global Storytelling, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University, December 8-10, 2019.

Community Service

On The Sentence, “Sundance Friday: Women Power.” Hong Kong, December 7, 2018.
“超越與創傷:是枝裕和電影與靈性探索.” 香港: 靈根自植國際網, April 6, 2018.
“光影中的靈性.” 香港: 靈根自植國際網, November 12, 2016.
Australia”, Academic Week, Government and International Studies Society, Hong Kong Baptist University, October 8, 2015.
“Local Culture and Foreign Influence: The Film Environment that Shaped John Woo,” Hong Kong Film Archive, Hong Kong, December 12, 2002

Awards and Honours

Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work 2018/19 by School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University
Excellent Team Performance Bronze Award by School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong (2006/2007)
Silver Prize (Translated Works) of Gold Medallion Book Awards by the Association of Chinese Publishers, Hong Kong (2005)

Membership

Chinese Communication Association (2014-15)