School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK - CHAN, Lik Sam

CHAN, Lik Sam


CHAN, Lik Sam
Assistant Professor


Co-Chair, International Communication Association LGBTQ Studies Interest Group (2023-2027)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Goldsmiths, University of London

University of Southern California


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 icon research Research Interests:

  • Online dating and dating apps;
  • Interpersonal relationships;
  • Gender and sexuality;
  • Mixed methods

 icon researchTeaching Interests:

  • Global media;
  • Critical theories;
  • Interpersonal communication

 icon aboutAdvice to students:

When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind

icon researchRecent publications:



Chan, L. S. (2021). The politics of dating apps: Gender, sexuality, and emergent publics in urban China. Cambridge: MIT Press. pdf


Refereed Journal Articles

Zheng, Y., & Chan, L. S. (2022). Framing same-sex marriage in U.S. liberal and conservative newspapers from 2004 to 2016: changes in issue attributes, organizing themes, and story tones. The Social Science Journal, 59(1), 34-46. pdf

Liang, Z., Huang, Y. T., Chen, Y. C., & Chan, L. S. (2022). “Pattern matters”: a latent class analysis of Internet use and users' attitudes toward homosexuality in China. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Advance online publication. pdf

Miao, W., & Chan, L. S. (2020). Domesticating gay apps: An intersectional analysis of the use of Blued among Chinese gay men. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication pdf 

Miao, W., & Chan, L. S. (corresponding author) (2020). Between sexuality and professionalism: Experiences of gay workers at Blued, a Chinese gay social app company. New Media & Society. Advance online publication. pdf

Miao, W., & Chan, L. S. (corresponding author) (2020). Social constructivist account of the world’s largest gay social app: Case study of Blued in China. The Information Society, 36(4), 214–222. pdf

Chan, L. S. (2020). Multiple uses and anti-purposefulness on Momo, a Chinese dating/social app. Information, Communication and Society, 23(10), 1515–1530.

Chan, L. S. (2019). Paradoxical influences of masculinity ideology on casual sex among male geosocial networking app users in China. Sex Roles, 81(3), 456–466.

Chan, L. S. (2018). Liberating or disciplining? A technofeminist analysis on the use of dating apps among women in urban China. Communication, Culture and Critique, 11(2), 298–314.

Chan, L. S. (2018). Ambivalence in networked intimacy: Observations from gay men using mobile dating apps. New Media and Society, 20(7), 2566–2581.

Chan, L. S. (2017). Who uses dating apps? Exploring the relationships among trust, sensation-seeking, smartphone use, and the intent to use dating apps based on the Integrative Model. Computers in Human Behavior, 72, 246–258.


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