Dr Shawn Shao received his BA degree from Nanjing University, MPhil, and PhD degree in Chinese from The The University of Hong Kong. He is currently acting as Research Assistant Professor of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at OUHK. His research interests lie in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Sinophone Literature, Film Studies and Nanshe Studies. He has published several papers in peer reviewed journals such as Chung Wai Literary Quarterly, Twenty-First Century, and Literature in Chinese. He has published his first academic monograph The Silver Screen among Pages: A study of Yingxi Fiction in Early Republican China in 2017.
As the member of The Union of Hong Kong Writers, Dr Shawn Shao has been awarded 9th Global Contest in Chinese Creative Writing 1st prize (2017), Lin Yutang Literary Awards 1st prize (2016), HK Youth literary Awards short story excellent prize (2015) during recent years. He is also a Columnist of Initium Media and The Paper News. His first book of selected Short stories, named Air Guitar, will come off press in 2019.