Contributors to Intersections
Issue 38

Brian Curtin is an Irish-born lecturer, art critic and curator based in Bangkok. He holds a Ph.D. in studio art from the University of Bristol, UK, and is a full-time faculty member of the International College of Bangkok University. Brian publishes in a variety of journalistic and academic contexts and has curated exhibitions of contemporary art in China, New York, Korea and the UK as well as Southeast Asia. He is currently working on a monograph on contemporary art in Thailand, due with Reaktion Books.
Richard Hawkins is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. His first book of fiction, Fragile Flowers, was published by le presses du reel in 2013. In February 2014 he premiered Hijikata Twist, a series of collages based on the influence of modern visual art on the origins of butoh, at Tate Liverpool in the UK.
Yachien Huang is an assistant professor in the Department of English Language and Culture of Tamkang University, Taiwan. She has an abiding interest in gender and media representations. Her works include 'Pink drama: Reconciling consumer identity and Confucian womanhood,' in Drama in China: Unfolding Narratives of Tradition, Political Transformation and Cosmopolitan Identity (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007) and 'Consuming Sex and the City among university females in Taiwan,' in Media and Consumption in Asia (New York: Routledge, 2008). She has also co-edited, Women's Studies (with Ying Zu and Jieyu Liu, Beijing: The People's University, 2011).
Mikee Inton is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. She currently serves on the Board of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines and as the Trans* Secretariat Representative of ILGA World (The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association). Her current research involves tracing representations of the bakla in Philippine Cinema from the 1950s to the 2010s and looking at these representations in light of the various queer social movements in the country.
Alicia Izharuddin is a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Her research interests are in Indonesian and Malaysian horror and Islamic cinema, feminist cultural practices and theory. She has a column in the Malay Mail newspaper where she writes about feminism and higher education in Malaysia. Izharuddin holds a PhD in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and blogs at
Iola Lenzi is a Singapore researcher, critic and curator of Southeast Asian contemporary art. She has conceptualised and curated numerous institutional exhibitions (Singapore Art Museum; Bangkok Art and Culture Centre; ARTER/Koc Foundation, Istanbul; The James H.W. Thompson Foundation, Bangkok; Esplanade, Singapore; Goethe Institut Hanoi and Yangon) as a means of charting art historical themes predicated on Southeast Asia’s cultural, social and political landscape. She is the curator of Masterpieces- digital art in Southeast Asia, Samsung Art Projects (ongoing).

Iola is a lecturer in the Asian Art Histories MA programme of Singapore’s Lasalle-Goldsmiths College of Art (University of London). She has commissioned, edited and contributed to multi-author research catalogues and is the author of Museums of Southeast Asia (Thames and Hudson 2005). She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. on Vu Dan Tan and early contemporary art in Hanoi.

Mark McHarry is an independent scholar. With Antonia Levi and Dru Pagliassotti, he edited a collection of essays, Boys' Love Manga (McFarland). He has contributed to books, journals and critical popular publications, including On the Edge of the Panel: Essays on Comics Criticism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), Mangatopia (ABC/Clio), LGBT Identity and Online New Media (Routledge), Queer Popular Culture (Palgrave Macmillan), Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (Routledge), Journal of Homosexuality, Z magazine, and Gay Community News. He has presented at conferences in the U.S. and Europe, including Écritures du corps (University of Paris), First International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels (Universidad Alcalá de Henares, Spain), Modern Language Association, Popular Culture Association, SGMS / First Annual Mechademia Conference (Minneapolis College of Art and Design), and Textual Echoes (Umeå University).
Photographer: Dan Tsang

Oliver Ross is a Teaching Associate in the Faculty of English and a Fellow of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish from the University of Oxford, he undertook an MA in English at University College London and a PhD at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral dissertation, entitled 'Same-Sex Desire and Syncretism: Homosexualities in Indian Literature and Film,' focused on representations of the interaction of initially Euro-American models of homosexuality with longer-standing Indian practices and identities of same-sex desire. He has published an interview with M.G. Vassanji and articles on Raj Rao and Kamala Das, while his current research adopts a comparative approach to representations of gender and sexuality in South, East and Southeast Asian literature and film.

Simon Soon is a writer and researcher interested in modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Sydney, under an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship, and his research examines the spatio-visual practice of left-leaning political art movements in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines from the 1950s to the 1970s. He has contributed essays to a number of journals including Yishu and Modern Art Asia. He is co-editor of Narratives of Malaysian Art, Vol. 4. From 2015–16, Simon is a participant in the Power Institute's 'Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art,' funded by Getty Foundation's Connecting Art Histories initiative. He is a member of the editorial collective of SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art, a refereed journal due to launch in 2016.

Tan Qian Hui received her Masters of Social Science from the National University of Singapore, Department of Geography in 2012. She is a social-cultural geographer interested in the interactions between sexualised bodies and spaces.

John Wei is a U21 Joint PhD candidate shared between the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne. He has published on film and psychoanalysis, queer Sinophone cinema, and slash/boys' love fandom. His current writing projects include a book chapter on queer superhero fan culture, a journal paper inspired by feminist psychoanalytic theories, and his PhD thesis 'Beyond Gayness and Chineseness: Queer Sinophone Screen Cultures in the Early Twenty-first Century.'

Jing Jamie Zhao is a Chinese queer TV and fan studies scholar, and currently serves as a Ph.D. candidate in Gender and Cultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her current research spans a diversity of gender- and sexuality-related topics in Chinese queer fandoms, cyber cultures, and entertainment TV. She is the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the 9th Chinese Internet Research Conference in Washington, DC, Louise J. Kordus Scholarships, and the Global Scholarship for Research Excellence, among other awards. She has published in Media Fields Journal and has other forthcoming publications in the Journal of Fandom Studies, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, and Feminist Media Studies. She is also co-editing with Maud Lavin and Ling Yang the anthology 'Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan,' for Hong Kong University Press.

Jun Zubillaga-Pow obtained his PhD in Music Research from King's College London. He is a musicologist and cultural historian specialising in global Beethoven reception as well as Singaporean LGBT culture. Jun is the co-editor of Singapore Soundscape: Musical Renaissance of a Global City (2014) and Queer Singapore: Illiberal Citizenship and Mediated Cultures (2012). He has published in Music and Letters, The Musicology Review, Sexualities, and South East Asia Research, and is currently researching on Singaporean experimentalism and Sinophone/Siniticate musics.

Published with the support of the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. Carolyn Brewer, 1 September 2015 1015