Carman Fung (she/her, they/them)

AQ 5092

Born and raised in Hong Kong during the digital age, I became interested in the ways in which online communities and transnational circulations of queer media shape our understandings of queerness and sexuality. Both my teaching and research focus on the border-crossing media representations, ideas, and sexual terminologies that continue to inform our personal gender and sexual identities today.

Prior to joining SFU, I taught at the University of Melbourne and the Education University of Hong Kong. I’ve worked on multiple teaching development grants that sought to advance inclusiveness through digital pedagogy and to facilitate student-led engagement. My research appears in The Journal of Lesbian Studies and in edited books published by Routledge and HKU Press.

I currently live on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples and I was previously working in Naarm, the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation. In my spare time, I enjoy making music on synthesizers and cooking for my partner and friends.


  • Ph.D. Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne, 2021
  • M.Phil. Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, University of Cambridge, 2014
  • B.A. (First Hons) Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, 2013

Currently teaching

  • GSWS 101-3 Gender Talk (B-Soc) OL01
  • GSWS 102-3 Feminist Action (B-Hum) OL01


My research is situated in queer Asian studies, cultural studies, media studies, audience studies, and transnational/globalisation studies.

I study the lesbian secondary gender “tomboy” across the transnational Sinophone world encompassing contemporary China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In these contexts, “tomboy” refers to a set of lesbian masculinity fashion, gender role, and self-identity. My research follows the young women who decided to abandon their tomboy identity to pursue a more feminine (and what they believe to be a more feminist) version of lesbianism. I examine the manners in which they draw on transnational LGBTQ+ politics and media in this pursuit, and I also discuss how this intersects with new technologies such as lesbian dating apps. My study was nominated for the Chancellor’s Prize at the University of Melbourne and shortlisted for the AWGSA PhD Award by the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association.

Community Engagement

I am working with the grassroot lesbian organisation FingerOut to release a short report in Simplified Chinese on my research on ex-tomboy queer women in the Sinophone world. (link available soon).

Previously, I’ve collaborated with cartoonist/cultural worker Kaitlin Chan on a special issue on queer and Asian identities for Chinese Storytellers (@CNStorytellers). The entry is available here.


Forthcoming. “The L Word as a Tomboy Text: Transnational Viewership in Sinophone Lesbian Communities,” in Translating Sexuality: Queer Popular Culture and Cinema in China, J. Evans and T. Guo (ed.), HKU Press.

2022. “TBG and Po: Discourses on Authentic Desire in 2010s Lesbian Subcultures in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan,” Feminizing Theory Making Space for Femme Theory, R. A. Hoskin (ed.), Routledge. (Reprinted)

2021. “TBG and Po: Discourses on Authentic Desire in 2010s Lesbian Subcultures in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan,” Journal of Lesbian Studies, 25(2): 141-58.

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