TAM King-fai 

Adjunct Professor

PhD, East Asian Studies, Princeton University
MPhil, Comparative Literature, Chinese University of Hong Kong
MA, East Asian Studies, Princeton University
BA (hons), English, New Asia College, Chinese University


Courses Taught
The Crime Genre: Literature and Film
Male Bonding in Classical Chinese Fiction
Humor in Chinese Culture
Film and Its Historical and Social Context
Ghosts in Chinese and Japanese Literature


Research Interests
The Crime and Spy Genres
The Essay
Cross-Cultural Memoirs
Representations of War in Literature and Film
Selected Publications
Book chapter: (with Li Meng) “Literature of Trauma and Reflection,” “Literature of Reform and Root-seeking” in ed. Mingdong Gu, The Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature, New York: Routledge, 2019, pp. 439-449; pp. 450-461
Book: Not a Laughing Matter: Political Humor in Modern China, Humanities in Asia Series, 2017
Article: 〈從巴金與蕭珊的通信看巴金的日常生活〉《超越時代的理想主義:巴金研究集刊卷十》上海: 三聯書店。 2017 361-370
Book:  Chinese and Japanese Films on the Second World War (with Timothy Tsu and Sandra Wilson), London: Routledge, 2014
Book: A Garden of One’s Own: Chinese Essays 1919-1949, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2012

Article: “The Traditional Hero as a Modern Detective: Huo Sang in Early Twentieth Century Shanghai,” in The Post Colonial Detective, ed. Ed Christian, New York: Palgrave, 2001, pp. 140-158

Book Chapter: “Beautiful Americans, Ugly Japanese, and Obsequious Chinese: The Depiction of Race in Huang Chun-ming Stories,” in Race and Racism, ed. Berel Lang, Rowan and Littlefield, 2000, pp. 165-176

Selected Conferences and Presentations

What oral history tells us about the war: the interactions between Japanese and Hong Kong Chinese in the Occupied Years of 1941-1945,” NIOD: the Netherland Institute on the Study of War, Holocaust and Genocide, November 29, 2016

"Looking for justice in Post-Cultural Revolution Chinese Literature". International Symposium on Conflicts, Justice, Memory and Healing 2016, Nishinomiya, 9-10 June 2016

"The Spy’s Private World: Espionage Film and TV drama in the New Era". Conference - Situating Huallywood: Cinematic Interconnections in the Asia-Pacific, Ningbo, 14-15 May 2016

“From An Unknown Girl Rebel to A Celebrated War Correspondent: War in the Eye of a Chinese Woman Soldier” at International Conference “Fighting Women in Asia and Europe During and After World War II” Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science, Wassenaar, the Netherlands, June 11-13, 2014

香港棟篤笑表演: 語言與歷史”,National University of Singapore, September 13, 2013

Conference Organizer and Host: “Fighting Women: Heroines in Post-War Hong Kong Popular Culture,” The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, May 13 and 14, 2015

Conference Organizer and Host, International Conference on Political Humor in Modern China: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, December 9-10, 2013


Conference Organizer and Host (with Timothy Tsu, Kwansei Gakuin University and Sandra Wilson, Murdoch University), “Restaging War and Peace: A Comparison of Japanese and Chinese War Movies,” Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Kyoto, July 11-12, 2011