Profile - Daniel Ka Chun Chan KhalilMember Profile

← Back to members

Short biography

"Daniel Chan Khalil was born in London and raised in Hong Kong, Spain, and Italy. He gained his BA in Modern Languages in 2007, and an MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2016. He is currently finishing a course in Classical Chinese Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Daniel's primary research interests are cross-strait relations and LGBT rights and history in Asia, particuarly in Taiwan, which was the subject of his MA thesis. Other areas of interest include history of Taiwan and China, Hong Kong pro-democracy politics, Hakka language and culture, Taiwanese popular culture, and the politics of identity and belonging, with particular reference to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Palestine, where his husband is from. Outside of academia, Daniel is a translator and screenwriter, with his first film, Ave Maria, showing at more than 200 film festivals around the world, including Cannes, where the film premiered, culminating in an Oscar nomination for best live-action short film. The film also recieved many awards, incuding from Taiwan, where it was among the winners at the 2015 Kaohsiung Film Festival."

Research interests

History of Taiwan and China, Cross-strait relations, LGBT rights and history in Asia