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Ho Lok Victor Fan


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Biographical details

Victor Fan graduated with a Ph.D. from the Film Studies Program and the Comparative Literature Department of Yale University, and an MFA in Film and Television Productions at the University of Southern California. He was Assistant Professor at McGill University, Department of East Asian Studies between 2010 and 2012, where he was also Chair of the Equity Subcommittee on Queer People. Fan has publications in peer-reviewed journals and anthology including The World Picture Journal, Camera Obscura, A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Screen, Film History and CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. Further, his book manuscript is titled Approaching Reality: In Search of New Ontology in Chinese Film Theory. In addition, his thesis film from USC, The Well (2000), was screened in the Anthology Film Archives, São Paolo International Film Festival, the Japan Society (NYC) and the George Eastman House. It also won the third prize in the Long Narrative category in the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Research interests

Fan's rearch interests include comparative approaches to world cinemas and film theories, Chinese cinema (especially Chinese film theory and industrial history of Shanghai and Hong Kong in the 1930s and 1940s, early history of Cantonese cinema between the 1930s and 1940s, the Hong Kong New Wave, and the industrial, aesthetic and social histories of Sino-Hollywood relationships and co-productions), contemporay Hollywood, queer theories, gender and sexualities in film spectatorship.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Football Meets Opium: A Topological Study of Political Violence, Sovereignty, and Cinema Archaeology, between “England” and “China”, Yale University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Arts, Yale University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Master of Philosophy, Yale University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Master of Fine Art, The Well, USC University of Southern California

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Bachelor of Music, University of Rochester

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996


  • PN1993 Motion Pictures
  • Chinese Cinema
  • Hollywood
  • Queer Theory
  • Film Theory
  • World Cinemas
  • Film Historiography
  • Spectatorship
  • PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
  • Chinese Literature


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