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Pink Dads: A documentary and a discussion with the director FAN POPO

A-06, Lord Dearing Building
17 October 2016 (18:00-19:00)

In China, most families have difficulties facing their lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) children.  They have to contend with common social beliefs that homosexuality is shameful, abnormal, a perverted condition caused by deviant family relationships.  Many parents see their kids as their property, and fathers often assert their authority to ensure that no harm comes to the family reputation. 

The documentary Pink Dads features four Chinese fathers who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their LGBT children.  Speaking out against discrimination and stigma, they redefine what it means to protect a household.  They fully embrace their kids for who they are, and become pioneer activists fighting for an equal and diverse society.

Popo FAN is a Chinese independent film maker, writer and activist.  After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy, he wrote the book “Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films” (Beifang Wenyi Press, 2007).

He has directed several globally acclaimed queer-themed documentaries and has been a major force in showing queer films to audiences across China.  In 2011, he was awarded the Prism Award of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival for his work.


About the ‘Gender, Culture and Identities Dialogues’

With a focus on gender, culture and identities, the series broadens the learning experience of students from all faculties.  Staff from different schools and campuses, speakers from student societies and the broader community will meet students and give them an opportunity to discuss and learn together.   Students will explore the identity through the notions of gender, identity, and culture. Topics will range from gender to feminism, from women and career to masculinity, and intercultural communication. 

The series is supported by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Once a month:

  • Meet in a supportive and stimulating environment
  • Share your views and opinions about various aspects of identity
  • Talk with scholars from different disciplines and experts from various backgrounds