Richard Fung

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Richard Fung
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Sea in the Blood, 2000, 26 min., colour video
Born 1954
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Nationality Canadian
Known for video art
Notable work(s) Sea in the Blood, 2000
Awards Bell Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video Art

Richard Fung (born 1954) is a video artist who currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and is openly gay.[1]


Fung's work investigates themes of queer sexuality, postcolonialism and issues of diaspora and family. His video pieces include My Mother's Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000) and Islands (2002) and have been screened internationally. A former Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Media, Culture and History at New York University, he teaches at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Fung has taught at University of California at Irvine, California Institute for the Arts and SUNY Buffalo. He received the McKnight Fellowship at Intermedia Arts Centre for Arts Criticism and Asian American Renaissance, Minneapolis-St. Paul (1996) and the Bulloch Award for best Canadian work in the Inside Out Film and Video Festival (1996). In 2001 he won the Bell Canada Award for Lifetime Achievement in Video Art and the Toronto Arts Award for Media Arts.[2]


  1. ^ Gross, Larry P; Woods, James D (1999), The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, & Politics, Columbia University Press, p. 519, ISBN 0-231-10446-4 
  2. ^ Bailey, Cameron (April 11, 2002), "Richard Fung", NOW Magazine, retrieved 2008-04-02 


  • Fung, Richard. "The Trouble with Asians" and "Negotiating Lesbian and Gay Subjects". Selected papers from the Fifth Annual Lesbian and Gay Studies Conference, held at Rutgers University in 1991. Monica Dorenkamp and Richard Henke, editors. New York: Routledge, 1995. 123-130. ISBN 978-0-415-90833-7
  • Fung, Richard. "Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn," in The Columbia Reader on Lesbians & Gay Men in Media. Larry Gross and James Woods, editors. New York, 1999. 235-253.

Further reading[edit]

  • Pidduck, Julianne. "New Queer Cinema and Experimental Video." New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader. Michele Aaron (ed). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. 80-97. ISBN 0-7486-1725-6
  • Lee, Helen and Kerri Sakamoto, eds. Like Mangoes in July: The Work of Richard Fung. Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2002. ISBN 1-894663-22-5