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

CHAN, Lik Sam


CHAN, Lik Sam
Assistant Professor

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Goldsmiths, University of London

University of Southern California


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 icon research Research Interests:

  • Digital media;
  • Online dating and dating apps;
  • Gender and sexuality;
  • Advertising culture;
  • Mixed methods

 icon researchTeaching Interests:

  • Communication and technology;
  • Feminist and queer theories;
  • Interpersonal communication

 icon aboutAdvice to students:

If you have to choose between being kind and being right, choose the former.

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Refereed Journal Articles

Miao, W., & Chan, L. S. (2020). Between sexuality and professionalism: Experiences of gay workers at Blued, a Chinese gay social app company. New Media & Society. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1461444820920876 pdf

Miao, W., & Chan, L. S. (2020). Social constructivist account of the world’s largest gay social app: Case study of Blued in China. The Information Society. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/01972243.2020.1762271 pdf

Zheng Y., & Chan, L. S. (2019). 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. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2019.07.001

Chan, L. S. (2019). Multiple uses and anti-purposefulness on Momo, a Chinese dating/social app. Information, Communication and Society. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2019.1586977

Chan, L. S. (2019). Paradoxical associations of masculine ideology and casual sex among heterosexual male geosocial networking app users in China. Sex Roles. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11199-019-1002-4

Chan, L. S. (2018). Liberating or disciplining? A technofeminist analysis of the use of dating apps among women in urban China. Communication, Culture and Critique, 11, 298–314. doi:10.1093/ccc/tcy004/4956846

Chan, L. S. (2018). Ambivalence in networked intimacy: Observations from gay men using mobile dating apps. New Media and Society, 20, 2566–2581. doi:10.1177/1461444817727156

Chan, L. S. (2017). Emerging currents in communication/LGBTQ studies: A review of LGBTQ-related articles published in communication journals from 2010 to 2015. International Journal of Communication, 11, 2647–2668. Retrieved from

Chan, L. S., Sun, Y., Xu, Y., & McLaughlin, M. L. (2017). Acculturation to both American and Chinese cultures predicts condom use intent among U.S.-dwelling Chinese/Taiwanese men who have sex with men. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 94, 552–570. doi:10.1177/1077699017692522

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. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.02.053

Chan, L. S. (2017). The role of gay identity confusion and outness in sex-seeking on mobile dating apps among men who have sex with men: A conditional process analysis. Journal of Homosexuality, 64, 622-637. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1196990

Chan, L. S. (2017). Cultivation and erosion of creative identity: A Hong Kong advertising agency as case study. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 31, 325-335. doi:10.1080/10304312.2016.1257696 (Selected by the Academy of Hong Kong Studies as one of the six Outstanding Hong Kong Studies Papers in 2016/2017)

Chan, L. S. (2016). How sociocultural context matters in self-presentation: A comparison of U.S. and Chinese profiles on Jack’d, a mobile dating app for men who have sex with men. International Journal of Communication, 10, 6040-6059. Retrieved from

Chan, L. S. (2016). Emotional duplex in the nation (de-)branding. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 33, 139-153. doi:10.1080/15295036.2015.1129547

Chan, L. S., & Tsang, H. W. E. (2014). “Hey, Look at My Body!”: An exploratory study of body display on Facebook among Hong Kong young adults. International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies, 4, 31-46. doi:10.4018/ijicst.2014010103