Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong



Thesis title: Orientalism and transnational poetics: self-identity and the idea of place in Chinese diaspora poetry

Start year: 2013


Research topic

With a focus on the works by contemporary poets of Chinese descent since 1980, this project examines the relationship between the experience of otherness, poetic expression and the writer’s negotiation of ‘place’ in the work of Chinese contemporary poets through critical examination and creative reflective practice. It also includes the compilation of my own poetry collection, which explores the dynamics between self-representation, ethnicity and otherness. Overall, the project aims to redraw current accounts of contemporary Chinese diaspora poetry and to derive new knowledge on race and the impact of multi-ethnic environment within the ambit of contemporary poetics, taking into account theories on Orientalism, transnationality and diaspora literature.


Orientalism, Contemporary Anglophone and sinophone poetry, Chinese diaspora literature, transnational poetics, Asian-American poetry, ethnicity, place and self-identity politics

Work in progress

  • ‘Orientalism and transnational poetics: self-identity and the idea of place in Chinese diaspora poetry’
  • My next poetry collection

Teaching experience

  • Instructor, teaching creative writing module to undergraduates at Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Writer-in-residence, teaching creative writing module to undergraduates at Lingnan University Hong Kong
  • Teaching poet at Hong Kong Young Readers Festival 2014


Conference papers

  • Conference papers given at BAAS Postgraduate Conference (2014), Asian Women Writers Symposium at Lingnan University of Hong Kong (2014), Oxford Brookes Spring Symposium (2015), Next Generation Poets Conference at Institute of English Studies, SAS (2015)

Academic and professional training

  • MA Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
  • BA (Hons) English language and literature, University College, Oxford

Other experience and professional activities

I review contemporary poetry for journals including Sabotage Reviews and Asian Review of Books.

I am the author of two poetry collections, Summer Cicadas (2009) and Goldfish (2013), both published by Chameleon Press. From childhood memories, fairytales, taboos, deep-rooted faiths to translated truths, Goldfish explores Chinese culture, and the changing landscapes of Hong Kong and modern China. My poems have published in journals including The Rialto, Warwick Review, Morning Star, Frogmore Papers and the anthology World Record: An Anthology (Bloodaxe Books 2012).

I have done readings and poetry workshops at festivals such as Poetry Parnassus at Southbank Centre (2012), Hong Kong International Literary Festival (2012), Hong Kong Young Readers Festival (2014), Reading Poetry Festival (2015), Sydenham Arts Festival (2015); and have read at poetry series for Café Writers Norwich, Lauderdale House (London), Coffeehouse Poetry at Troubadour (London), SOAS, Galway City Library (Ireland).

I am also the recipient of the Hong Kong Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2014.