Richard Fung

Photograph of Richard Fung
Richard Fung, a Trinidadian who came to Toronto in 1973, is a video artist, writer and filmmaker, who has been engaged with questions of sexism and racism. Richard is an Associate Professor of Integrated Media in the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto.Richard is also an SDS Fellow of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

Hallas Roger. “Queer AIDS media and the question of the archive.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 16(3) (2010): 431-435.

“Fung’s poetic and deeply moving video essay Sea in the Blood (2000) also explores his own archive of personal photographs, family home movies, and AIDS activist images to work through the experience of having lived most of his life in the shadow of another’s illness. Throughout the video, he parallels his two most intimate relationships: with his sister Nan, who died of thalassemia (literally “sea in the blood”) in 1977, and with his lover, Tim McCaskell, who has been seropositive since 1980.”


Fung, Richard. “Remaking home movies.” p.29-40.

In Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories. Edited by Karen L. Ishizuka and Patricia R. Zimmermann. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008. PN1995.8 .M56 2008

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Fung, Richard. “Looking for my penis: the eroticized Asian in gay video porn.” p.235-253.

In A Companion to Asian American Studies. Edited by Kent A. Ono. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2005. E184.A75 C66 2005

Reprint from How do I look? : Queer Film and Video. Edited by Bad Object-Choices. Seattle: Bay Press, 1991. PN1995.9.H55 H69 1991

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Fung, Richard. “Dangerous living: coming out in the developing world.” Amerasia Journal. 31(1) (2005): 73-80.

Pidduck, Julianne. “New queer cinema and experimental video.” p.80-97. In New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader. Edited by Michele Aaron. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. PN1995.9 .H55 N48 2004b

See: “‘Queer’: Richard Fung’s Sea in the Blood.” p.85-89


Fung, Richard. “After essay – questioning history, questioning art.” p.37-42.

In On Aboriginal Representation in the Gallery. Edited by Lydia Jessup with Shannon Bagg. Hull, Quebec : Canadian Museum of Civilization, c2002. E98.A73 O56 2002


Like Mangoes in July : the Work of Richard Fung. Edited by Helen Lee & Kerri Sakamoto. Toronto : Insomniac Press, c2002. N6549.F85 L53 2002

Fung, Richard. “Now and then.” p.41-49. In Recollection Project. Don Mills, Ont.: Gendai Gallery, 2000.

Catalogue of an exhibition held from 30 September to 2 December, 2000.
See review by Kim Fullerton in Xtra! (Toronto), November 2, 2000.

Fung, Richard. “The trouble with Asians.” p.123-130. In Negotiating Lesbian and Gay Subjects. Edited by Monica Dorenkamp and Richard Henke. New York: Routledge, 1995. (Selected papers from the Fifth Annual Lesbian and Gay Studies Conference, held at Rutgers University in 1991.)

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Richard Fung. Inducted into the National [Lesbian and Gay] Portrait Collection, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Toronto: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 1998.

“Richard Fung.” p.40-47. In CelebrAsian: Shared Lives: An Oral History of Gay Asians. Toronto: Gay Asians Toronto, c1996. 158pp. HQ76.2.C32 T67 1996

Thirteen members of Gay Asians Toronto, including Wayson Choy, Richard Fung, André Goh, and Alan Li, share their personal stories including comments on their experience of racism, homophobia, and the gay community in Toronto.

Gagnon, Monika Kin. “How to search for signs of (East) Asian life in the video world.” p.89-106. In Mirror Machine: Video and Identity. Edited by Janine Marchessault. Toronto: YYZ Books, 1995. 239 p. N6545.5.V53 M57 1995

See references to Richard’s work, p.98-100.

Fung, Richard. “Working through cultural appropriation.” Fuse Magazine. 16(5/6) (Summer 1993): 16-24. NX513 .A1F88

On the early 1990s Advisory Committee to the Canada Council for Racial Equality in the Arts.

Cover of book How do I look? : Queer  Film and Video, 1991


Fung, Richard. “Looking for my penis: the eroticized Asian in gay video porn.” p.145-168.

In How do I look? : Queer Film and Video. Edited by Bad Object-Choices. Seattle: Bay Press, 1991. PN1995.9.H55 H69 1991

Fung, Richard. Out of the Blue [videorecording] / produced & directed by Richard Fung. Toronto?] : Fungus Productions ; Toronto : V Tape [distributor], c1991. (28 min.) HV7315.O6 O97 1991

Fung, Richard. Fighting Chance: Gay Asians and HIV [videorecording] / produced and directed by Richard Fung. Toronto : Fungus Productions, 1990. (29 min.)

Fung, Richard. Chinese Characters [videorecording] / produced and directed by Richard Fung. Toronto : Fungus Productions, 1986. (20 min.)

Fung, Richard. Orientations [videorecording]: lesbian & gay Asians / produced and directed by Richard Fung. [Toronto] : Richard Fung, 1984. (56 min.) HQ76.3.C22 O57 1984

Awards and Honours

2000 Bell Canada Award
Margo Bindhart Award from the Toronto Arts Council Foundation
Rockefeller Fellowship at the Center for Media Culture and History at NYU.


Richard Fung’s homepage
See Richard Fung at Video Art in Canada