“The Future in Past Tense, Voices in Silence –– A Retrospective of Yau Ching’s Film and Video Art,” Guangdong Times Museum, China, 12/2013-1/2014, Photo by: Ah Shan



Born in Hong Kong, Yau Ching is known as a scholar, poet, and film/video artist. While managing her multiple identities, she has been making socially engaged work for more than three decades. She has authored more than thirteen books, including award-winning poetry collections, and produced and directed more than ten films/videos. She studied in Hong Kong, New York and London, and has taught in Hong Kong, Michigan and Taiwan. She has also been actively involved in community organizing including co-founding an educational organization for sexual minorities in Hong Kong, co-founding a Sex Workers’ Film Festival and a Women’s Theatre Festival in Hong Kong, and the Asian Lesbian Film Festival in Taiwan, among others.

Before academia, Yau Ching has worked as instructor and consultant for Gay Men’s Health Crisis’ “Living with AIDS” cable show, as translator for multinational corporations, as editor for film magazine in Hong Kong, and on the side, an independent film/videomaker. Her film/video works have been invited to venues including Alexanderplatz Station of the Berlin Underground, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Galarie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and broadcast in North America, Europe and Japan. Some of them are in the permanent collection of the Asian Film Archive in Singapore, Tate Library in London and M+ in Hong Kong.

As a writer, she has been invited to Singapore Writers’ Festival, Taipei Poetry Festival and Iowa International Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have been translated and featured in international literary venues and publications including World Literature Today, Asymptote, Catamaran, Transpacific Literary Project, and Center for the Art of Translation, among others. She is one of the four winners of the 2020 Words Without Borders–Academy of American Poets Poems in Translation Contest.

As an unprofessional teacher, she has taught at the University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, School of Visual Arts in New York, Royal Holloway College of the University of London, Hong Kong Lingnan University, the Chinese University, and at the National Central University, Taiwan. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at Academia Sinica, and at the Center for Chinese Studies in Taiwan, as well as an Honorary Professor in Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include Hong Kong and Taiwan cinemas, literature and colonial modernity, sex work in early Republican China. She plays Go/weiqi unprofessionally.


Yau Ching “In/Out, 1st Hong Kong Tongzhi Art Exhibition” Press Conference 2007 Visiting Lecturer, Nacka Mediagymnasium, Stockholm, Sweden, 1999-2000  Interview by, 2017, Photo by: 林振東 Interview by, 2017, Photo by: 林振東 Hong Kong Independent Film Festival Opening, 2010 Yau Ching in Guangzhou. Photo: Ah Shan Talk: “Bad Kids and Me”, YiXi, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2016 “The Future in Past Tense, Voices in Silence––A Retrospective of Yau Ching’s Film and Video Art,” Guangdong Times Museum, China, 12/2013-1/2014, Photo by: Ah Shan Respondent,Nicholas de Villiers: "Queer and Sex Worker Activist Documentary Historiography," Taipei Film Collectors Museum, 12/2017. Photo: Zhong Wen Photo: Big Silver Book Launch of Pre-Historic Documents (collection of poems), Athena Books, Taipei, 2021 Photo: Big Silver "Stability and Prosperity," digital mixed media installation, Young-un Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2000 Poster for Ho Yuk: Let's Love Hong Kong Post-screening Talk at Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 2012. Photo: HKSC