VoS Participants

Voices of Struggle: LGBTQ & Feminist Activism in China and Beyond


Harriet Evans (University of Westminster)
Kimberly Manning (Concorida University)
Bao Hongwei (University of Nottingham)
Li Tingting (London)
Fan Popo (Berlin)

Harriet Evans (University of Westminster, London)
Harriet Evans is a Professor of Chinese cultural studies, and Director of the Contemporary China Centre, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, University of Westminster. Her research interests are gender, sexuality, urban China and Chinese modernity. Her publications include: Women and Sexuality in China: Dominant Discourses on Female Sexuality and Gender Since 1949 (Polity Press 1997) and The Subject of Gender: Daughters and Mothers in Urban China (Rowman and Littlefield 2007). She recently sets up an international network on cultural memory and local cultural heritage initiatives in China and is currently working on an oral history of urban change in an “old Beijing” neighborhood.
Kimberley Manning (Concordia University, Montreal)
Kimberly Manning specializes in Chinese politics, women and politics, and the rights of transgender children and youth, and  analyzes family ties and politics through the lens of feminist theory. Dr. Manning is currently participating on two SSHRC-funded projects: one working with parent advocates of transgender youth and a second study with transgender youth in Quebec. She is also the faculty lead on C-FAR (Critical Feminist Activism and Research), a Faculty of Arts and Science-funded initiative to improve equity and diversity at Concordia through social action research projects. Dr. Manning is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Her publications include: Revolutionary Attachments: Party Families and the Gendered Origins of Chinese State Power” (Book manuscript: forthcoming January 2019 with Cornell University Press) and Eating Bitterness: New Perspectives on China’s Great Leap Forward and Famine.  Co-editor with Felix Wemheuer.  Vancouver: U.B.C. Press, 2011.
Bao Hongwei (University of Nottingham)
Bao Hongwei currently works as lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham. He completed a Ph. D. in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, in 2011. His research brings together queer theory, Marxism and China by looking at queer media production, queer filmmaking, and LGBT social organisations in contemporary China. It theorises how sexual identities emerge in a neoliberal and postsocialist context and how a radical queer public culture can be made. His publications include:    Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Queer Politics in Postsocialist China, NIAS Press 2018 and From ‘Celluloid Comrades’ to ‘Digital Video Activism’: Queer Filmmaking in Postsocialist China JOMEC Journal: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. 2018, 12, 82-100.
Li Tingting (Activist, London)
Li Tingting (Maizi) is a gay feminist activist and has been leading campaigns in support of feminist and LGBTQ causes since 2012. She is one of the “Feminist Five” from 2015,  when she was arrested and detained for 30 days on the eve of International Woman’s Day for distributing anti-sexual harassment stickers in public. Based in London at the moment, Li is one of the most prominent faces of feminist and queer activism in China today.
Fan Popo (Filmmaker, Berlin)
Fan Popo is a queer filmmaker, writer and activist. Born in 1985, he graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. He published “Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films”. His documentary works include: New Beijing, New Marriage, Mama Rainbow, The VaChina Monologues and other works. He has participated in international film festivals in Taipei, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Mumbai and other places. In 2012 he received the Prism Prize of the 22nd Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and was invited to join the jury of MixCopenhagen in 2014. Fan Popo now serves as a committee member of the Beijing Queer Film Festival and is a board member of Beijing LGBT Centre.