Denise Tse-Shang Tang is an interdisciplinary ethnographer who began her career by studying the relationship between lesbian sexualities and social spaces in Chinese societies. She is the author of Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life (Hong Kong University Press, 2011). She co-edited (with Alistair Fraser and Maggy Lee) “Crime, Media, Culture: Asia-style,” special issue of Crime, Media, Culture, and is one of the editors (with Stevi Jackson and Olivia Khoo) for the Palgrave MacMillan book series Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia.
Tang is a recipient of international and local grants for research in the following topics: Marriage equality in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan (Sumitomo Foundation, 2016-17), Ageing and lesbian bodies in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan (General Research Fund, 2016-19), Migration of Hongkongers to Taiwan (Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 2016-18).
Prior to entering academia, Tang has worked as program manager and advocate for communities including LGBTQI Asian & Pacific Islander youth, survivors of sexual violence, First Nations women, HIV-affected communities and youth in juvie. Tang was also the film festival director with the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and a guest curator at Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan.
Gender and sexualities, queer theory, Transnational and Inter-Asia cultural studies, Media studies, Migration studies