Dr Wayne Wong

School of East Asian Studies

Lecturer in East Asian Studies

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Dr Wayne Wong
School of East Asian Studies
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Wayne Wong received his PhD in Film Studies and Comparative Literature from King’s College London and the University of Hong Kong. His research specialises in global martial arts and action cinema.

He published in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies, such as Global Media and China, Asian Cinema, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Martial Arts Studies, Afro-Futurism in Black Panther: Gender, Identity, and the Re-Making of Blackness, and The Worlds of John Wick: The Year’s Work at the Continental Hotel.

He is an editor of Martial Arts Studies, the flagship journal of the Martial Arts Studies Research Network.


PhD (King’s College London, University of Hong Kong)

Research interests
  • Martial Arts and Action Film
  • Chinese and Sinophone Cinemas
  •  Film Aesthetics and Media Philosophy
  •  Popular Culture, Identity Politics, and Gender Issues
  •  Hong Kong-UK Diaspora
  •  Game Studies and New Media
  •  Digital Humanities
Teaching interests

I have taught a wide range of courses in the field of film, media and cultural studies at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, such as ‘Media, Culture, and Society in East Asia’, ‘ Mass Culture in Twentieth Century East Asia’, ‘Asia on Global Screens’, ‘Chinese Cinemas’, ‘ Hong Kong Cinema through a Global Lens’, ‘ Authorship and Creativity in the Cinema’, ‘Discourses in Popular Culture’, and ‘Gender Issues’. My previous academic appointments include King’s College London, the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Central to my pedagogical approach is the cultivation of students as autonomous learners, adept at pursuing, interrogating, and advancing knowledge from both local and global perspectives. I am committed to foster inclusivity and interactivity within classroom, facilitated through face-to-face discussions and online platforms for student feedback. I endeavour to ensure a balanced and constructive learning environment that affords every student the opportunity to engage equitably and constructively.

Teaching activities

For the academic year 2023–24, I will be teaching the following module:

EAS6208 Media, Culture and Society in East Asia
EAS21007 Mass Culture in Twentieth Century East Asia
EAS21008 Gender and Identities in East Asia


Journal articles

Wong, W (2022).  A Tale of Two Dragons: Politics of the Comedic Kung Fu Body in Chinese Cinema. Archiv Orientální 90 (3), 503-530.

Wong, W (2019) Beyond the Cinematic: Reinventing Chinese Martial Arts through New Media Art Practices. Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 6 (2), 367–91.

Wong, W (2019) Nothingness in Motion: Theorizing Bruce Lee’s Action Aesthetics. Global Media and China 4 (3), 362–80.

Wong, W (2018) Action in Tranquillity: Sketching Martial Ideation in The Grandmaster. Asian Cinema 29 (2), 201–23.

Wong, W (2017) Synthesizing Zhenshi (Authenticity) and Shizhan (Combativity): Reinventing Chinese Kung Fu in Donnie Yen’s Ip Man Series (2008-2015). Martial Arts Studies 3, 71–88.


Wong, W (2022) Killing in Equanimity: Theorizing John Wick’s Action Aesthetics. In Watt  S. M. & Watt C. G. (Ed.), The Worlds of John Wick: The Year's Work at the Continental Hotel, (pp. 84–120). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Wong, W (2021) From Expressivity to Equanimity: New Black Action in Black Panther. In White R. & Ritzenhoff K. (Ed.), Afro-Futurism in Black Panther: Gender, Identity, and the Re-Making of Blackness, (pp. 53–72). London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Wong, W (2016) Beyond’ Rivers and Lakes’: RoCH Fans and Legends’ Repositioning of Wuxia Fantasy. In Lok S. P. S. (Ed.), RoCH Fans & Legends. Derby: Derby QUAD & Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

Book review

Wong, W (2015) Jet Li: Chinese Masculinity and Transnational Film Stardom. Martial Arts Studies 1, 86–96.