Sharon Wai-yee Wong

Assistant Professor

Office NAH 305
Office Tel. 3943 5549
Email sharonwwy"at"
Education qualification Ph.D. National University of Singapore
Languages Cantonese, English, Putonghua


Prof. Sharon Wong studied Southeast Asian archaeology and cultures and received her PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore. Her PhD research focused on China and Khmer ceramics industries from the ninth to fourteenth centuries AD, examining the cultural interaction between China and Southeast Asia in the pre-modern period. Dr. Wong became deeply interested in Southeast Asian cultures, and since 2005 her academic journey has followed this path. She lived in Singapore and Cambodia while undertaking her extensive fieldwork. She was originally trained in archaeology and awarded her M.A. from the School of Archaeology and Museology in Peking University, China, and her first fieldwork on ancient craft production was in Guangdong, Guangxi and Fujian. She has also conducted comparative research on museum exhibition displays and catalogues in material culture when she was a research fellow at National Library of Singapore. She is currently working on an archaeological research project examining how the Southeast Asian archaeological evidence in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island could expand our understanding of the international trading network of Hong Kong during the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries AD, and an intangible cultural heritage project on Hong Kong traditional ceramic crafts. Dr. Wong teaches courses on archaeology, museology, and Southeast Asian cultures.

Research interests

Archaeology, China-Southeast Asian cultural interaction in pre-modern period, trade ceramic studies, technology of craft production, museology

Geographical areas of research

Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Southeast Asia

Courses taught

Fall 2016

On research leave

Spring 2016

ANTH 4720/ANTH5720 Museums and Anthropology

ANTH 2730 Preserving Cultural Heritage

Current research

“On In-depth Cross-cultural Exchange: Chinese Elements in the Early Ceramic Production Centre of Angkor, Cambodia” RGC Early Career Scheme, (no. CUHK 24607115)

“Archaeological Study on Khmer Ceramic Industries in Angkor, Cambodia” Direct Grant, CUHK

“Hong Kong Traditional Ceramic Crafts”, Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, HKSAR

Consultant and advisory

Member, Antiquities Advisory Board, HKSAR Government

Museum Expert Adviser (Archaeology), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSAR Government

Selected Publications

2005 (Co-editors with Cheng Pei-kai, Li Guo, Maggie Wan Chuiki) China Westward: Bibliography and Research Guide Chinese Porcelain and East-West Maritime Trade 12th to 15th C. Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Co. (HK) Ltd. (ISBN:962-8885-49-9), 387 pages .
2003 (Co-editors with Cheng Pei-kai, Li Guo, Maggie Wan Chuiki) China Westward: Chinese Export Ceramics from 12th C. to 15th C. Exhibition Catalogue. Hong Kong: Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong. (ISBN: 962-442-249-4), 77 pages.
Book chapters and journal articles
2016 A Case Report on the Function(s) of the ‘Mercury Jar’: Fort Canning, Singapore, in the 14th Century, Archaeological Research in Asia, 7:10-17.
2015 Discoveries of Chaozhou Kiln Products in Southeast Asia during the 9th to 12th Centuries. In Beijing Art Museum (ed.) Chinese Ancient Kilns Series: Chaozhou Kilns. Vol. 7, Beijing: Zhongguo Huaqiao chubanshe, pp.340-347.
2013 Case Study on Guangdong Ceramics Found in the 9th Century Belitung Shipwreck, Indonesia. In Guangdong Provincial Museum (ed.) Proceedings of Maritime Ceramic Road International Conference. Guangzhou: Lingnan Art Publisher, pp.101-122.
2012 Illustrating the Future: Southeast Asian Ceramic Special Exhibition Catalogues 1970-2009, Biblioasia, 8(1), pp.24-33.
2011 “Kwantung jar” sherds with stamped potters' marks found in the 14th century Fort Canning archaeological site, Singapore and Related Problems about Some Ceramic Vessels of Shipwrecks and their Cargoes. In Shanghai National Maritime Museum of China (ed.) Navigation: Trace of Civilization. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, pp.80-114.
2010 Introduction to Fujian Ceramics in Song-Yuan Period in Angkorian Region, Cambodia. In Li Jian’an (ed.) Fujian Merchants in Archaeological Perspective. Beijing: Zhonghua Press, pp.128-150.
2009 Negotiating Identities, Affiliations and Interests: The Many Lives of Han Wai Toon, and Overseas Chinese. In Derek Heng, Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied (eds.) Reframing Singapore: Memory, Identity and Tran-regionalism. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp.155-173.
2009 A Glimpse at the Southeast Asian Publications on Southeast Asian Ceramics since the 1960s. Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation’s Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA) Journal, 19(3), pp.5-17.
2007 A Preliminary Study of the Ceramics of the Song-Yuan Period Unearthed in Hong Kong. Kaogu (Archaeology), 6: 46-58.
2006 A Preliminary Study on the Distribution and Consumption of Ceramics in Hong Kong During the Song-Yuan Period. Bulletin of Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (The Manila Paper), 26: 140-146.
2004 Guangdong Ceramics for Export during the Tang and Song Dynasties. Haijiaoshi Yanjiu (Maritime History Studies), 45:105-118, 83.
2004 A Study of the Ceramic Industry Remains in Guangdong by Stages during the Tang-Song Period. Dongnan wenhua (Southeast Culture), 5:44-49.
Other publication
2015 “Southeast Asian Ceramics Found in Penny’s Bay, Hong Kong: Important Evidence of Exchange between China and Southeast Asia”, Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum Newsletter, 2014-15, 8 (2): 1-4.

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