Peter Tsung Kei Wong

Chinese Literature

B.A. and M.Phil. in Chinese Language and Literature from The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Peter Tsung Kei Wong 王棕琦 is a scholar of early China. He takes a philological approach to studying ancient Chinese literature, historiography, intellectual and cultural history, and philosophy. He is also interested in the reception of Chinese antiquity, intertextuality and meaning construction, classical Chinese narratives, scholarly practices and knowledge production, and the history of books and reading.

His dissertation traces the rise of the Chinese big book and examines how the belated and bulky invention transformed poetry, historiography, philosophical praxis, authorship, readership, and the commentarial tradition in ancient China. He has also begun writing on the legacies of Wang Mang, arguably the most notorious and bookish usurper in the ancient world, with a focus on how his short-lived Xin Dynasty and his textual enterprise carried a long-lasting (and long-forgotten) influence on the Chinese classical tradition, politics, and kingship.

His work has been published in Early China, Journal of Asian Studies, Chinese Studies 漢學研究 (Center for Chinese Studies, Taiwan), and Sino-Humanitas 人文中國學報. Recent publications include “What is the Nature of ‘the Unperturbed Mind-heart’ in Mencius 2A:2?” (2021; in Chinese) and “The Soundscape of the Huainanzi: Poetry, Performance, Philosophy, and Praxis in Early China” (2022).