Ka Lee Wong

Dornsife Fellow in General Education


  • Ph.D. , University of Southern California, 2022
  • M.Phil. English, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • Dornsife Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California, 2022-2023
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    My research concerns Chinese languages and cultures in the transnational context, particularly issues concerning global Chinese diaspora, media production and circulation, internet culture, and language politics. While my dissertation focuses on an inter-Asia network in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia where individuals imagine and assert a Cantonese identity through a sense of “vulgarity” in language and popular culture, in my next book project, Cantonese Sea Gypsies, Mermen and Pirates: Reimagining Languages and Identities in the Inter-Asia Oceans (working title), I aim to sharpen the emphasis on theorizing the transnational Cantonese language studies by exploring the connections between the existing island and ocean studies around the world and Inter-Asia.

    Research Keywords

    Sinophone studies, popular culture, internet culture, cultural studies, language politics, postcolonial studies

  • Book Chapter

    • Wong, K. (2022). “Recovering the Lost Cantonese Sounds in Pre-handover Hong Kong: Sinophone Politics in Dung Kai-cheung’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Wing Shing Street”. Asian Sound Cultures.. Asian Sound Cultures pp. 162-178.Routledge.