Ph.D. Divinity, specialization in Media and Theology
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
M.Phil. (ABD) Communication Study
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A.T.S. Christian Social Ethics; New Testament Study
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Massachusetts, USA
Diploma, English Literature
Hong Kong Baptist College
Having worked and researched widely on the interface between media, contemporary cultures and theology, Dr. Yam is a highly experienced professor and practitioner in various fields of media work and cross-disciplinary studies. Currently Publisher of Christian Times, Hong Kong, Dr. Yam is also Research Associate at the Centre for Christian Studies as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, both at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Besides, he is Associated Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia (CSRCA) under the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, specializing in research on “Religion and Media in East Asia”.
Dr. Yam’s expertise in teaching and research focus on the interrelationship between contemporary Christian theologies, popular media cultures, and sociocultural developments in modern Chinese and East Asian societies. He is particularly interested in different implicit religious expressions in the popular media in Hong Kong against the backdrop of socio-political and cultural transitions since the mid-twentieth century. He is enthusiastic about studying the challenges confronting religion and humanity posed by the emerging understanding of animality and posthumanity, especially as manifested in popular media.
Publications: journal articles and book chapters (Selected)
2017. ‘Regarding the Interplay between Media and Religion in Hong Kong.’ in Religion and the Media in China, edited by Stefania Travagnin (London and New York: Routledge), 35-52.
2017. ‘The Curious Case of Discovering Noah's Ark in Hong Kong.’ in Religion and the Media in China, edited by Stefania Travagnin (London and New York: Routledge), 241-255.
2017. ‘Bits and Pieces of Web Ecology: Experience and Observations on Online Media’ (網絡生態乜乜乜：對網絡媒體的經驗與觀察), in New People in the Internet Era, edited by Wong Ka-fai with Siu Hoi-man (Hong Kong: Divinity School of Chung Chi College), 94-100 (in Chinese).
2016. ‘Unity and Plurality: Reality and Challenges in the Sea Change in Media Ecology’ (合一與多元：媒體生態巨變下的實況與挑戰), in Pastoring in the Time of Political Turbulence, edited by Lam Wing-shu with Siu Hoi-man (Hong Kong: Divinity School of Chung Chi College), 100-114 (in Chinese).
2015. ‘Body and Soul under the Politics of Fear’ (恐懼政治下的身體與靈魂), in Our Hope Beneath the Umbrella: A Collection of Christian Articulations on Hong Kong Occupying Movement (舉傘待天明), edited by Law Man Wai et. al. (Hong Kong: Christian Times, Hong Kong Church Renewal Movement and VWLink), 127-132 (in Chinese).
2014. ‘Viewing on the Liminal from Media Parables: Toward a Theology of Liminality.’ (從媒體文化的比喻窺探閾中人：閾間神學芻議), in Festschift in Honor of Professor Lo Lung-kwong (人言我為誰乎？盧龍光院長榮休紀念文集), edited by Ying Fuk-tsang et. al. (Hong Kong: Chinese Christian Literature Press), 603-614 (in Chinese).
2013. ‘What is Being Human? – Rethinking Human Roles and Positions through Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Ape Film Series’ (人算什麼？— 從《猩凶革命》與猿人電影系列再思人的角色與位置), in Learning Theology While Watching Films (睇電影, 學神學), edited by Douglas Wang (Hong Kong: China Alliance Press) (in Chinese).
2013. ‘Contemporary Christianity and the Religiosity of Popular Chinese Cinema’, in Christianity in Contemporary China: Socio-cultural Perspectives, edited by Francis G.K. Lim (London and New York: Routledge), 91-104.
2011. ‘Ten Thesis on Hong Kong Popular Culture and Hong Kong Youth: Advice to the Church Community’ (關於香港普及文化與青少年的十條命題：給教會群體的提示 ), in Reflection on Pastoral Care for Teenagers, edited by Simon Lee (Hong Kong: Divinity School of Chung Chi College), 31-43 (in Chinese).
2010. ‘Inspiring Education for Sustainable Life through Japanese Animation Films of Hayao Miyazaki’, Fragmenta Ioannea Collecta: Special Volume 2010, 71-78 (co-authored with Ching Pui Sun).
2009. ‘Projecting Christian Faith on the Hong Kong Screen’, Studies in World Christianity (special issue on World Christianity and World Cinema) 15.2: 113-130.
2009. ‘A Secular Gospel for the Marginal: Two Recent Films of Stephen Chow as Cinematic Parables for Hong Kong’, in Exploring Religion and the Sacred in the Media Age, edited by Christopher Deacy and Elizabeth Arweck. Surrey: Ashgate, 203-218.
2005. ‘Engagement in Television by Protestant Christians in Hong Kong.’ Studies in World Christianity 11.1: 87-105.
Publication: Monograph – non fiction
2010 My Edinburgh Affairs (我愛丁堡）(Hong Kong: Breakthrough) (in Chinese).
* Winner of the Best New Author Trophy (non-academic category), the 5th Christian Golden Book Award, Hong Kong, 2011.
2017-2018 KPG: The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory – a saga of modern Hong Kong (serial publication in progress) (in Chinese).
Media Productions (selected)
2002-2003 The Everlasting Legend (不死傳説) – 6 x half-hour factual program series on contemporary Israel and Palestine (as Executive Producer, Co-director, Writer).
2001 Windy Days Windy Nights (風的日夜) – feature film (as Executive Producer)
2000 Sweet Sweet Life (甜美生活) – feature film (as Executive Producer).
1997 The Drive Revolution (文化小革命) – 6 x half-hour factual program series on socio-cultural changes in urban China (as Executive Producer, Co-director, Co-writer).
He has brought down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. (Luke 1:52-53)