Dr See Kam TAN

Dr See Kam TAN

Associate Professor

(853) 8822 8993

Consultation Hours
For Semester 2, Academic Year 2018/19:

Monday 1000 to 1200 hours and 1400 to 1530 hours
Wednesday 1400 to 1730 hours; or by appointment via email (tsktan@um.edu.mo).

Or by appointment via tsktan@um.edu.mo


MA/PhD in English: The University of Melbourne, Australia, specializing in film, communication and cultural studies.

BA (hons.) in Cinema Studies: La Trobe University, Australia.

BA in Communication Studies: Murdoch University, Australia.

Research Interests

His main research interests are in the interdisciplinary area of film, gender and postcolonial studies with a particular focus on Chinese-language cinemas and Sinophone cultural formations. He has published one monongraph and co-edited four books on Hong Kong cinema within transnational contexts. He has published essays in top academic  journals in his field, including Asian Cinema, Jumpcut: A Review of Contemporary Media, Screen, The Asian Journal of Social Science, TV and New Media, and Social Semiotics. Some of his work has been reprinted; others translated in Chinese and published in China’s core academic journals such as Arts Criticism 《文艺评论》, Film Art《电影艺术》and Contemporary Cinema 《當代電影》 .

Research and Other Grants at UM (Totalling MOP3.6 million approxiamtely), including:

  • 2018-21: UM Multi-year Research Grant: The Nanjing Massacre Project (MOP1.08 million)
  • 2015-18: UM Multi-year Research Grant: Sinophone Cinema:  Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore (MOP460K)
  • 2014: RDAO Conference Organizing Grant (MOP 100K)
  • 2012-15: UM Multi-year Research Grant: Media Communication: Popular Media and Creative Industries in China (MOP400K)
  • 2011-2014: UM Postgraduate Studentship (PhD) (MOP 342K; 3 years)
  • 2010-2013: UM Postgraduate Studentship (PhD) (MOP 342K; 3 years)
  • 2010: UM Research Committee Grant: Revisiting and Reconstructing a Mass Culture: Revolutionary Model Opera Films (MOP 72,650)
  • 2009-2012: UM Postgraduate Studentship (PhD) (MOP 342K; 3 years)
  • 2008-2009: UM Research Committee Grant: Cyber-dates, Personal Ads. & Chatrooms (MOP60K)
  • 2007: UM Research Committee Grant: US Sitcom and Audience in South China (MOP 40,400)

Invited Workshop/Talks/Roundtable

  • (2017). Film, Literature and Social Justice. (UM).
  • (2014). Chinese Film Festivals. Hong Kong University.
  • (2014). Shaw Brothers Goes Global. Distinguished Speakers Series (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan).
  •  (2014). Tsui Hark’s Peking Opera Blues. Distinguished Speakers Series (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan).
  • (2014). Chinese Language Melodrama: The “Three-women” Film. Distinguished Speakers Series (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan).
  • (2012). Hong Kong Cinema: Post-war Thrillers. Distinguished Speakers Series (United International College, Hong Kong Baptist University-Zhuhai Campus, PRC)
  • (2010). Space as Performance: The Case of Raise the Red Lantern and 12 Storey. The Performing Space in Asian Film Workshop: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Singapore: Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
  • (2009). Creative Industries in Macau, Digital Hollywood, Digital China Symposium. PRC: University of Nottingham, Ningbo.
  • (2006). “I Grew Up in a Colonial Environment”: A Study of Tsui Hark’s Early Films. The Asia’s Future Initiative Forum. Gwangju, Korea.
  • (1996). The Burdens of Mandom: Masculinities in John Woo’s Films, Masculinity/speed/violence: Deterritorialising Hong Kong Action Movies. Australia: Edith Cowan University, Perth.





Courses Regularly Taught

He has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, offering a wide array of courses that runs the gamut of introduction to film studies, global cinema, theories of mass communication and digital video production.

He has successfully supervised MA/PhD thesis to completion in the general areas of film, media and popular culture studies as follows:

PhDs at UM:

Jiang Wei, “Perpetual Devils: Representation of the Japanese in Chinese War Films after 1949″Xu Xiaying” (2016)
Xu Xiaying, “Chinese Animation in Times of Reform and Convergence: The Case of 100,000 Jokes” (2016)

PhDs outside UM:

Xiao Cai, “The Crystal of Everyday Life: The Ethics of Witness in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Films” (Johannes Gutenberg-Universitȁt (GSU) Mainz, Germany, 2016; as external supervisor and examiner).

MAs at UM:

Dai Yongde, Dennis. “Feminist Film Approaches to Female Artificial Intelligences (AI) of Science-Fiction Films: A Case Study of Ex-Machina” (2018)
Chan Lai-Man, Amelia. “Nicole Kidman: Star Studies, Gender Equality and Feminist Ideology” (2017)
Wu Jie, Diane. “Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent: The Influence of Feminism on Disney Princess Films” (2017)Xiao Ling Yue. “Disney Mulan and Chinese Mulan” (2015)
Zhang Xiaoyi. “Wong Kar-wai’s The Grand Master (2014)
Zhang Guonan. “The Semiotics of Propaganda” (2014)
Yang Shanhong. “Female Chinese Film Directors” (2014)
Zhang Bing. “Avatar and Chinese Audiences” (2011)
Shen Chen, “Stephen Chow: King of Comedy” (2011)
António J.E.V. Soares. “Cultural Memes” (2007)
Xu Xiaying. “US Sitcom & Chinese Audiences” (2007)
Wong Heong-Fei. “Burmese In Macau” (2007)

MAs outside UM:

Jaspar Singh, “Singapore Television: Phua Chu Kang” (2003)
Michael Lee, “Singapore Cinema: Eric Khoo” (2000)

UM Honours College:

Ho I-Cheng, Elsa, “Can Women Have It All?” (2016)



Tan See Kam presently works and researches at the University of Macau. Since joining this university in 2002, he has been affiliated with FSH-Department of English (2002-2007) and then FSH/FSS-Department of Communication (2007-2012). In 2012 he rejoined the English Department (now under FAH) as Associate Professor of Film Studies. Between 1997-2002, he was an assistant professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was a lecturer at the Flinders University of South Australia (1995-1997) where he was the honours co-ordinator of its Screen Studies programme.

Professional Experience

He has organized numerous international conferences, including:

  • the 12th ACSS Conference: The Poetics of Cinema. (Lancaster, UK: University of Lancaster, 10-12 July 2017).
  • The 11th ACSS Conference: Post-Asia Film, Media and Popular Culture (Macau SAR, China: 14-16 July 2014).
  • The 10th ACSS International Conference: Asian Cinema and Media, Hong Kong University (May 2012)

He has served as juror/ invited speaker at film festivals (local, regional and national), as well as organizing film festivals on campus, including:

  • 2010:   The 7th China Excellent Films Show Forum, UM.
  • 2009:   The 6th China Excellent Films Show Forum, UM.
  • 2007: The Inaugural Asian American Film Festival, UM.
  • 2005: The 12th European Film Festival, UM.
  • 2004:   The Beijing-Macao Teen Films (京澳青年电影交流会), in conjunction with Central Academy of Drama (中央戏剧学院), Beijing.
Professional Affiliations

He is Chair of the Asian Cinema Studies Society (ACSS): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1412032349032041/

He is Chief Editor of Asian Cinema, published by Intellect Press (UK): http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=219

Associate Fellow (International Partner), International Postgraduate Program (IPP) Faculty, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitȁt Mainz, Germany. (since 2015) http://www.performedia.uni-mainz.de/91_DEU_HTML.php

He has been a Visiting Fellow to the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. (2012)

He is a member of the Editorial Board of East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press (UK): http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=238/view,page=3/

He is a book/journal manuscript reviewer for Brill, Hong Kong University Press, Indiana University Press, Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan, including top-class scholarly journals such as Asian journal of communication, Chinese journal of communication, Asian studies review, Intervention: Journal of postcolonial studies and Screen.

He is an external reviewer for the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong.


Awards & Honors
  • 2018: Fifteen Years Long Service Award, University of Macau
  • 2014: 《澳門人 .澳門事》:星光夢旅人— 陳時鑫 (第738集) (澳門廣播電視 )

To commemorate the station’s 30th anniversary, TDM (Teledifusāo de Macau) commissioned a special documentary series for its weeknightly current affairs programme, “Macao People, Macao Affairs”. This series looks at five long-time naturalized residents of Macao. The episode about me was called “Tan See Kam—The Journey Of A Stardust Dreamer” (Episode 738). http://www.tdm.com.mo/c_video/play_video.php?id=17848 The other four episodes were variously devoted to a Mexican Priest, a Portuguese restauranteur, an African engineer, and a Taiwanese artist.

  • 2012: Ten Years Long Service Award, University of Macau.
  • 2011:Best Coach Award for Student Participant Dang Hao, Public Speech Competition, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP), Beijing.
  • 2006: 2nd Prize Winner of Best Faculty Paper, titled “I Grew Up In A Colonial Environment”: A Study of Tsui Hark’s Early Films,” The Asia’s Future Initiative Forum (Gwangju, Korea).
Selected Publications


  •  (2018; co-edited). The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema, with Aaron Park-Magnon and Gina Marchetti. London: Palgrave MacMillian.
  • (2016; sole author). Tsui Hark’s Peking Opera Blues. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. 229 pages.
  • (2011; co-edited). Hong Kong screeenscapes: From the New Wave to the Digital Frontier, with Esther Cheung and Gina Marchetti. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. 296 pages.
  • (2009; co-edited). Chinese Connections: Critical Perspectives on Film, Identity and Diaspora, with Peter X Feng and Gina Marchetti. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 311 pages.
  • (2007; co-edited). Hong Kong Film, Hollywood and the New Global Cinema: No Film is An Island, with Gina Marchetti. New York/London: Routledge Curzon.

Book chapters

  • (2018). The Roads to Global Hollywood: Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest, and Wanda Pictures. In Park-Magnon, et al., ed., Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema. London: Palgrave.
  • (2013). Global Hollywood, Narrative Transparency, and Chinese Media Poachers: Narrating Cross-Cultural Negotiations of Friends in South China. In Michael Keane and Wanning Sun, eds., Chinese Media, Vol. IV (London: Routledge), ch. 73. [reprint]
  • (2011). Surfing with the Surreal in Tsui Hark’s Wave: Collage Practice, Hybrid Texts and Flexible Citizenship. In Cheung et al., ed. Hong Kong Screenscapes (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press), pp. 33-50.
  • (2009). Singapore as a society of strangers: Eric Khoo’s Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys and Be with Me. In Tan et al,, ed. Chinese Connections: Film, Identity and Diaspora (Philadelphia: Temple University Press), pp. 205-19.
  •  (2008). The love eterne: Almost a (heterosexual) love story. In Chris Berry, ed. Chinese Films in Focus II (pp. 160-67). New York: Palgrave Macmillan; [originally published in C. Berry, ed. Chinese Films in Focus: 25 New Takes (pp. 137-43). London: bfi Publishing, 2003].

Journal Articles

  • (2015). Shaw Brother’s Bangpian: Global Bondmania, Cosmopolitan Dreaming and Cultural Nationalism. Screen Vol. 56, No. 2: 195-213. (A&HCI, double blind-reviewed)
  • (2013). Melancholia and melancholizing in fengyue (erotic) movies: Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan and Lust for Love of a Chinese Courtesan. Screen Vol. 54, No. 1: 82-103. (A&HCI; double blind-reviewed).
  • (2011). Global Hollywood, Narrative Transparency, and Chinese Media Poachers: Narrating Cross-Cultural Negotiations of Friends in South China. Television and New Media, Vol. 12, No. 3: 207-228. (AC&HI; SSCI: double blind-reviewed).

Translated Work

  • (2007).〈新加坡电影业:发展、困境与挑战〉. Trans. Liu Hui. Film art《电影艺术》 (北京 Beijing), 第315/4期, 第111-115页。[CSSCI]
  • (2005).〈60年代凌波的黄梅调电影:分析其反儒家意志以及跨越性别性欲慨念〉. Trans. Liu Hui. Contemporary cinema《当代电影》(北京 Beijing), 第129/6期, 41-47页。[CSSCI; A Special Issue on 100 Years of Chinese Cinema].