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Dr. John D. Wong
Assistant Professor

Email: jdwong@hku.hk

John Wong


Dr 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 and its residents 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, U.K.: 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. In his current project, Dr Wong studies the development of the airline industry in Hong Kong and other Asian cities after the Second World War. Examining how airlines reconfigured networks in postwar East and Southeast Asia, he explores not only global connections that new flight routes facilitated but also the imagination and manifestation of modernity through air travel.

A historian of transnational businesses, Dr Wong received his PhD in History from Harvard University in 2012. He also holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford University. He worked for a number of years in investment banking and investment management and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


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