Academic Staff

      John D. Wong

      JOHN D. WONG 王迪安

      Associate Professor
      Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences
      Hong Kong Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts
      The University of Hong Kong


      John D. Wong’s research focuses on the flow of people, goods, capital and ideas. With a particular interest in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta area, he explores how such flow connected the region to the Chinese political center in the north as well as their maritime partners in the South China Sea and beyond.

      Studying the China trade in the context of early-nineteenth-century global exchange, his first monograph, Global Trade in the Nineteenth Century: The House of Houqua and the Canton System (Cambridge University Press, 2016), demonstrates how China trade partners sustained their economic exchange on a global scale long before Western imperialism ushered in the era of globalization in a Eurocentric modern world. He has published in various academic journals including Asia Major, Business History Review, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and Law & Literature.

      John is currently working on two projects. The first one connects the experience of the dairy industry in the Treaty Ports of Shanghai and Canton as well as the British colony of Hong Kong with the cow milk and soymilk consumption in post-war Hong Kong and Taipei. He examines the interactions between the consumers and the businesses producing and marketing such products as a discursive process in which the various participants produced and received confusing signals in the race towards modernity and economic prosperity. In his other project, John studies the development of the airline industry in Hong Kong after WWII. This study explores not only global connections that new flight routes facilitated but also the imagination and manifestation of modernity through air travel.

      John received his BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Chicago, MBA from Stanford University, and PhD in History from Harvard University. He worked for a number of years in finance and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


      Room 207, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
      Tel: (852) 3917 5847
      Fax: (852) 2559 6143

      Selected Publications


      Global Trade in the Nineteenth Century: The House of Houqua and the Canton SystemCambridge, U.K.:  Cambridge University Press, 2016 (Paperback 2017). 256 pp.

      Civil Unrest and Governance in Hong Kong:  Law and Order from Historical and Cultural Perspectives.  London and New York:  Routledge, 2017 (co-edited with Michael H.K. Ng).

      Articles and Book Chapters

      “Fidelity and Sacrifice: The Gender Discourse of Traders in Pre- and Post-Opium War Canton,” Frontiers of History in China 14:4 (2019):473-507.

      “Improvising Protocols:  Two Enterprising Chinese Migrant Families and the Resourceful Nguyễn Court,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 50:2 (2019):  246-262.

      “豉油小碟裏的香港:從生曬醬油到港製頭抽” “Soy Sauce in Hong Kong:  From Sun-Dried Sauce to First-Brewed Premium” (co-authored with Sidney Cheung), 中國飲食文化 Journal of Chinese Dietary Culture 14:2 (2018): 215-238.

      “From the Treaty of Nanking to the Joint Declaration:  The Struggle for Equality through State Documents,” Law & Literature 30:2 (2018): 309-329.

      “Negotiating the Legitimacy of Governance,” in Civil Unrest and Governance in Hong Kong: Law and Order from Historical and Cultural Perspectives, edited by Michael H.K. Ng and John D. Wong, 1-7, New York, London: Routledge, 2017 (co-authored with Michael H.K. Ng).

      “Between Two Episodes of Social Unrest Below the Lion Rock: From the 1967 Riots to the 2014 Umbrella Movement,” in Civil Unrest and Governance in Hong Kong: Law and Order from Historical and Cultural Perspectives, edited by Michael H.K. Ng and John D. Wong, 97-113. London and New York:  Routledge, 2017.

      “‘Bat lau dung laai’: Shifting Perspective of Hong Kong towards the Vietnamese Boatpeople,” in China, Hong Kong and the Long 1970s; Global Perspectives, edited by Odd Arne Westad and Priscilla Roberts, 279-302.  London:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

      “The Shifting Concept of Space and Territory in China during the Warring States Era,” Asia Major 28:1 (2015): 1-35.

      “Trade and Finance before the Imposition of the Western Order of Business,” Business History Review 87:3 (Autumn 2013): 553-557.

      Research Projects

      “Bottling Goodness: Culture and Commerce in Layered Identities of Dairy and Soy Beverages along the Periphery of China under Western Influence,” 2017-19.


      HKGS1001. Hong Kong’s Long Twentieth Century.

      HKGS2001. Speaking of Hong Kong:  Global Voices.

      HKGS2009. We are What We Eat:  Hong Kong Cuisine in here and Abroad.

      HKGS2013/LALS3008/LLAW3233.  Law, History and Culture.

      HKGS3001. Hong Kong Studies Research Project (Capstone Experience).