Cho-kiu LI is currently a PhD student in the Cultural Studies Division of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences (Cultural Studies in Asia) from the National University of Singapore. His research interests include collective emotion/affect, media and cultural activism, and the historical socio-cultural formation in Asia, especially during and after the Cold War. He is also the Chinese translator of Laikwan Pang’s Art of Cloning: Creative Production During China's Cultural Revolution (English: Verso 2017; Chinese: CUHK Press 2017).
Cho-kiu Li's research project is tentatively titled “The Fear of Communism in Colonial and Postcolonial Hong Kong (1967-2017).” In general, he is interested in the fear of communism as a transnational emotion during and after the Cold War. He is intrigued by its affective power in Asia, wherein countless people were affected when communism strived to be the legitimate ideology that promised a decolonized modernity. Cho-kiu Li also tries to understand how ordinary people managed this fear, thereby reflecting on the relationships between culture, politics, and emotion. He will focus on how the fear of communism was formed historically in Hong Kong as an affective site, wherein various fear-driven cultural practices (in the print media, audio-visual media, and artists’ activism) have taken place since the 1960s.