Gary Wong

Dr Gary P F Wong

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Gary Wong obtained his PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK), and both his Bachelor of Social Sciences (majors in psychology and sociology) and MPhil from HKU. He has been a as lecturer at Kingston University London, Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and HKU Space Suzhou College.

He teaches a wide range of courses, including Asian popular culture, consumer culture, contemporary Chinese society, cultural heritage, globalisation, Hong Kong society, media studies, tourism and urban sociology, etc. His major research interests include cultural history of Hong Kong, Lefebvrian analysis, public housing, radio drama and social mobility. He also specialises in engaging community in course design and knowledge exchange projects.

Gary is active in Hong Kong’s creative industry. He spent some years in the public affairs consultancy and worked at Commercial Radio Hong Kong. He has been involved in editing and publishing of more than 50 books with culture and current affairs as key focuses. Alongside academic writing, he is an author of several books and a newspaper column contributor on cityscape and cultural issues in general.

Professional and Community Service

Lay Inspector, Council on Human Reproductive Technology, Hong Kong (2019 – Now)

Judge, Hong Kong Book Prize, Hong Kong (2019 – 2020)

Member, Programme Advisory Panel, Radio Television Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2016 – 2020)

Courses taught


The University of Birmingham (UK)

MPhil Sociology
The University of Hong Kong

BSocSc (Psychology & Sociology)
The University of Hong Kong

Research interests

Contemporary China
Cultural history of Hong Kong
Henri Lefebvre
Media studies and popular culture in Asia
Public housing
Social mobility

Current research

China and Hong Kong’s history of world exhibitions (in particular Hong Kong’s participation at the British Empire Exhibition)

Interaction between community building and landscape design in Hong Kong’s public housing

Radio drama of Hong Kong

Honours and recognitions

“Exhibiting Hong Kong in Wembley, London: An Outreach Programme on Local History Study and Community Building”, funded by Impact Project Scheme, Knowledge Exchange Office, HKU, 2019-2020
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“House of Stories at Wah Fu Estate: A Pilot Project on Setting up a ‘Community Museum’ (ComMuse)”, funded by Impact Project Scheme, Knowledge Exchange Office, HKU, 2018-2019
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“Walking through the Socio-Cultural Landscape of Quarry Bay”, funded by Experiential Learning Fund, Gallant Ho Experimental Learning Centre, HKU, 2017 to 2018

“Two Exhibitions between Two Major Strikes”, funded by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, 2018 to 2019
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“Enabling Sustainable Community Development: Documenting and Sharing Recent Strategies and Practices of HKU’s Collaborations in Pokfulam Village”, funded by Impact Project Scheme, Knowledge Exchange Office, HKU, 2016-2017
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“Recording and Displaying Local Culture through Cultural Tourism at Yuen Long”, funded by Experiential Learning Fund, Gallant Ho Experimental Learning Centre, HKU, 2016 to 2017
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“Everyday Space and Memory at Wah Fu Estate: Recording and Envisioning the Daily Life of Public Estate Residents in Hong Kong” (co-investigated with Denise Tang Tse-Shang, Vincci Mak and Natalia Echeverri), funded by Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Project Fund, Knowledge Exchange Office, HKU, 2016-2018
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Travel Grant for Starting Scholars from Overseas, Japan Sociological Society, 2016, funded by Japan Sociological Society, Kyushu University, 2016

Hong Kong Book Prize (City of Darkness《黑暗之城:九龍城寨的日與夜》), RTHK and Hong Kong Publishing Federation, 2015

“Restoration and Study of CRHK’s Radio Drama Archives (1960s-1970s)”, funded by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust (2012 – Now)
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“Bridging History and Future: Designing a Heritage Tour at Pokfulam Village and its Vicinity”, funded by Experiential Learning Fund, Gallant Ho Experimental Learning Centre, 2015 to 2016
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PhD Scholarship, Universitas 21 (a league of global universities), 2009 to 2010

Selected publications

Heritage and Development in Pokfulam: Bridging History and Future through a Heritage Tour. Hong Kong: Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong. (2016)



《第四代香港人──年輕公共知識分子訪談 》香港:圓桌精英。(與沈旭暉合著、2012年)



《不夜城:晝伏夜出的城市足跡》香港:Roundtable Publishing。(與馬傑偉合編,2008年)

《一人一球:一群社會學人的足球筆記》。香港:Roundtable Publishing。(與胡志軒、曾仲堅及顔立地合編,2006年)

《咖啡沙龍文化香港人》香港:Roundtable Publishing。(與陳智遠合編,2006年)

Journal Articles:

2017 “Doing Criminology on Media and Crime in Asia”, Crime, Media, Culture (with Laidler, K.J. and Lee, M.)

“Working across the Border: The Social Mobility and Geographical Mobility among Hong Kong Young People”, Youth Exploration, 205, pp. 103-109 (in Chinese)


Conference papers

“Present, past and future: Collaborative actions for a resilient Pokfulam Village”, 10th Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), 15-17 December, 2016 (presented with Christ, M.C., Sin, B.).

“The Accidental Reconstruction of Colonial Legacy in Hong Kong: A Sociological Review of Built Heritage Revitalisation since 1997”, 89th Annual Meeting of Japan Sociological Society (Kyushu University, Ito campus, Fukuoka, Japan), 8 October 2016.

“Representing Local History of Hong Kong through Designing Heritage Tours at Pokfulam”, Inheriting the City: Approaches to Heritage into the Future (Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage of University of Birmingham, Taipei), 31 March – 4 April, 2016. (Poster presentation)

“Two Exhibitions between Two Major Strikes: Exhibiting Hong Kong at British Empire Exhibition in 1924 and 1925”, Hong Kong Sociological Association 17th Annual Conference (Hong Kong Shue Yan University), 5 December 2015.

“The Production of Space in a Chinese city: Shanghai as an Example”, International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015 (the Royal Geographical Society with The Institute of British Geographers, U.K.), 5-10 July, 2015.

“The Golden Era before the Handover: The Identity Politics of Hong Kong Nostalgia Film”, Exploring Nostalgia: The Exploring Nostalgia Project: 1st Global Meeting, (Mansfield College, Oxford, U.K.), 3-5, July 2015.

“Reinventing Political Engagement by Shaping Post-colonial Public Discourse: A Case Study in Hong Kong”, Conference on Informing Public Policy: New Agendas for Social Research (National Centre for Social Research and London School of Economics and Politics, U.K.), 23-24 April, 2009.

Book review

2019. Book Review. “Entrepreneurial Seoulite: culture and subjectivity in Hongdae, Seoul”, The International Journal of Cultural Policy

“Working across the Border: The Social Mobility and Geographical Mobility among Hong Kong Young People”, Youth Exploration (Chinese) (2017)


<書評:City between Worlds>,載《香港社會科學學報》,總第36期,頁182至188。(2009年)


2020-2021. “Landscape Perspective”, Biennale Architettura 2021 and Response Exhibition, Venice, Hong Kong (co-curated by Vincci Mak)

2020. “Two Exhibitions between Two Major Strikes”, Civic Centre, London Borough of Brent


2018-2021. Reviewer. Social Transformation in Chinese Societies (official journal of     Hong Kong Sociological Association)

2019. Reviewer. Sociological Review, SAGE

2019. Reviewer. Global China series, Cambridge University Press.

2016. Reviewer, Sociology, 16th Edition (Global Edition) (Macionis, J.J., forthcoming. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson)

2016. Reviewer, Current Sociology (official journal of International Sociological Association)

2015. Reviewer, Asian Journal of Social Science