I want to...

Ms Isabella Siu-wai Yun

PhD Student



Isabella Yun has over two decades of experience working in the performing arts and arts administration. She is an examiner for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, assessing funding applications and making recommendations on grant-related issues. Isabella has founded “Culture Workshop” to support publications on local oral history and local culture.

She is presently the PhD candidate at HKU Sociology, researching on arts bureaucracy and related behavioural aspects. As a graduate of the Department of Cultural and Religious Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she was honoured the “Best Essay Award” for her master thesis “A Clustering Strategy for The Urban Regeneration of the Yaumatei Community, Hong Kong”. She earned her first degree from the Hunter College of New York City University and learned precious life lessons in “The Big Apple.”

As a life-long dance practitioner, Isabella began her career whole-heartedly with The Hong Kong Ballet Limited in as an assistant stage manager and then a deputy stage manager. In the late 80s, she was exposed to the excellence in management skills and practises when Gary Trinder (Artistic Director), Roger Samson (Technical Director), and Linda Bell (Assistant Technical Director) were in charge.

From 1997 through 1999, she served the former Urban Council’s Community Arts Coordinating Office, under the leadership of Mr. K.B. Chan and Ms Teresa Lee, as the assistant manager specializing dance and dance theatre programs implementation. It was the late colonial period when she came to understand the cultural scene from the perspectives and practices of the government.

She has also worked for mid-sized dance companies and private family foundation where she managed nonprofit and philanthropy arts programs. After all first-hand managerial experiences, Isabella is now focusing on arts managerment research and education. Her columns are carried by the Hong Kong Economic Journal and MingPao respectively, and she has also published many articles on arts administration.


MA Cultural Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

BA Theatre Arts
City University of New York, Hunter College

Research interests

Power and relations
Hong Kong arts funding system
Arts organizational behaviour

Honours and recognitions

The Best Essay Award, 2005. CUHK Cultural Management MA Programme

Selected publications




Newspaper criticism articles (full listing):


2013 – present. HK Economic Journal and MingPao

Book chapters:

2016年,《中介位置》,香港中文大學文化管理碩士課程,文化管理叢書系列。 (香港中文大學文化及宗教研究系出版)

2016. “Cultural Mediation”. Cultural Management Series for MA in Cultural Management Programme, CUHK. Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK: Hong Kong.



2014年,策劃,《筲箕灣,大家想住的地方》 (花千樹出版)