Dr John D. Wong 王迪安
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).
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|2011 -||Member||Association for Asian Studies|
|2011-||Member||American Historical Association|
|Area of Expertise (EN)||Area of Expertise (ZH)|
|Transnational business history|
|Social, cultural and economic history of the Pearl River Delta and Southeast Asia|
|Modern Chinese History||中國近現代史|
|History of Hong Kong||香港史|
|Food History in Modern China||近代中國飲食史|
|Commercial Aviation History in East Asia||近代東亞商業航空的形成|
|Business and Economic History||企業史及經濟史|
|Spoken Language(s) (EN)||Spoken Language(s) (ZH)|
|English, Cantonese, Putonghua||英語、粵語、普通話|
|Cantonese, Putonghua, English||粵語、普通話、英語|
|Written Language(s) (EN)||Written Language(s) (ZH)|
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