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Sharon Wai-yee WONG
Sharon Wai-yee WONG

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Educational qualification Ph.D. National University of Singapore


Prof. Sharon Wong studied Southeast Asian archaeology and cultures and received her PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore. Her PhD research focused on China and Khmer ceramics industries from the ninth to fourteenth centuries AD, examining the cultural interaction between China and Southeast Asia in the pre-modern period. Dr. Wong became deeply interested in Southeast Asian cultures, and since 2005 her academic journey has followed this path. She lived in Singapore and Cambodia while undertaking her extensive fieldwork. She was originally trained in archaeology and awarded her M.A. from the School of Archaeology and Museology in Peking University, China, and her first fieldwork on ancient craft production was in Guangdong, Guangxi and Fujian. She has also conducted comparative research on museum exhibition displays and catalogues in material culture when she was a research fellow at National Library of Singapore. She is currently working on Khmer-Chinese ceramics research project in Angkor, Cambodia, ethnoarchaeological research project on storage jars found in South China and Southeast Asia in early modern period, and an intangible cultural heritage project on Hong Kong traditional ceramic crafts. Dr. Wong teaches courses on archaeology, museology, cultural heritage studies and Southeast Asian cultures.


Research interests

Archaeology, China-Southeast Asian cultural interaction in pre-modern period, trade ceramic studies, technology of craft production, museology, cultural heritage studies



Geographical areas of research

Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Southeast Asia


Courses taught

ANTH 1710/UGEC 1633 Understanding Archaeology

ANTH 2450/GENA 2332 Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia

ANTH 2710 Archaeology of China

ANTH 2730/UGED 2668 Preserving Cultural Heritage

ANTH 3790/ANTH 5790 Archaeological Field Study

ANTH 3321 Topics in Anthropology: The Meanings of Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Sites to “Insiders” and “Outsiders”

ANTH 4720/ANTH 5720 Museums and Anthropology


Research grants and projects

RGC grants

“From Formation to Transformation: Early Khmer Ceramic Production in Angkor, Cambodia and its Relationship with China”, RGC-General Research Fund (no.14621520)

“On In-depth Cross-cultural Exchange: Chinese Elements in the Early Ceramic Production Centre of Angkor, Cambodia”, RGC-Early Career Scheme (no.3132436)

Direct grant for research, CUHK

“Weaving Networks: Ethnoarchaeological Research on Ceramic Jar Production and Inheritance in South China and Vietnam” (2019-21)

“Archaeological Studies on Storage Jars found in South China and Southeast Asia during the 15th to 17th Centuries” (2017-18)

“Archaeological Study on Khmer Ceramic Industries in Angkor, Cambodia” (2015-16)

Other external grant

“Case Studies on Hong Kong Traditional Ceramic Crafts”, Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, HKSAR


Consultant and advisory

Museum Expert Adviser (Archaeology), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSAR Government


My Publication Link


Selected Publications
  Chinese Ceramics for Global Markets: Hybridising Traditional Crafts, in preparation with Routledge.
2005 (Co-editors with Cheng Pei-kai, Li Guo, Maggie Wan Chuiki) China Westward: Bibliography and Research Guide Chinese Porcelain and East-West Maritime Trade 12th to 15th C 陶瓷下西洋研究索引:十二至十五世紀中國陶瓷與中外貿易. Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Co. (HK) Ltd. (ISBN:962-8885-49-9), 387 pages.
2003 (Co-editors with Cheng Pei-kai, Li Guo, Maggie Wan Chuiki) China Westward: Chinese Export Ceramics from 12th C. to 15th C. Exhibition Catalogue 陶瓷下西洋—十二至十五世紀中國外銷瓷展覽圖錄. Hong Kong: Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong. (ISBN: 962-442-249-4), 77 pages.
Referred journal articles
  (Co-authors with Ea, Darith, Chhay, Rachna and Tan, Boun Suy). Two Traditions: A Comparison of Roof Tile Manufacture and Usage in Angkor (Cambodia), Northeast Thailand and China, Asian Perspectives (forthcoming).
2020 The Decorative Methods of Green Glazed Covered Boxes from Phnom Kulen Kilns, Angkor, Cambodia and its Relationship with Chinese Ceramics 柬埔寨吳哥荔枝山窯青釉盒子裝飾工藝與中國陶瓷的關係, Palace Museum Journal 故宫博物院院刊, 9: 34-42.
2017 Rethinking Storage Jars Found in the 9th to 20th Centuries Archaeological Sites in Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau, Bulletin de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient, 103: 333-358.
2016 A Case Report on the Function(s) of the ‘Mercury Jar’: Fort Canning, Singapore, in the 14th Century, Archaeological Research in Asia, 7: 10-17.
2012 Illustrating the Future: Southeast Asian Ceramic Special Exhibition Catalogues 1970-2009, Biblioasia, 8(1): 24-33.
2012 (Co-authors with Pei-kai, Cheng, Guo, Li, Maggie Chuiki, Wan and Mengyuan, Fan), Excavated Ceramics as Hong Kong History: Tuen Mun and Yuen Long from 9th to 15th Century 從古瓷看香港史:屯門與元朗(9-15世紀). Studies of Underwater Archaeology 水下考古學研究, 1: 219-254.
2009 A Glimpse at the Southeast Asian Publications on Southeast Asian Ceramics since the 1960s. Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation’s Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA) Journal, 19(3), pp.5-17.
2007 A Preliminary Study of the Ceramics of the Song-Yuan Period Unearthed in Hong Kong香港出土宋元瓷器的初步研究. Kaogu (Archaeology)考古, 6: 46-58.
2006 A Preliminary Study on the Distribution and Consumption of Ceramics in Hong Kong During the Song-Yuan Period. Bulletin of Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (The Manila Paper), 26: 140-146.
2004 Guangdong Ceramics for Export during the Tang and Song Dynasties 唐宋廣東生產瓷器的外銷. Haijiaoshi Yanjiu (Maritime History Studies) 海交史研究, 45:105-118, 83.
2004 A Study of the Ceramic Industry Remains in Guangdong by Stages during the Tang-Song Period 廣東唐宋制瓷手工業遺存分期研究. Dongnan wenhua (Southeast Culture)東南文化, 5:44-49.
Book chapters
2019 Khmer Ceramics Collections at the Museum of Southeast Asia: The Social Lives of Ancient People 從東南亞博物館藏幾組高棉陶瓷看古人的生活習尚. In Shanghai Museum (ed.) The Cultural Relics of Asia. Nanjing: Yilin Press, pp. 202-209.
2018 The Maritime Ceramic Routes between South China and Southeast Asia from the 15th to the 17th Centuries: Using Storage Jars in the archaeological site at Penny’s Bay, Lantau, Hong Kong and the Nanao I Shipwreck in Guangdong as examples 十五至十七世紀南中國與東南亞之間的海上陶瓷之路—以香港大嶼山 竹篙灣考古遺址及廣東南澳I號沉船的貯藏罐爲例. In Chan Lai Pik, Libby (ed.) East Meets West: The Maritime Silk Road during the 13-17th Centuries. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, pp.122-132.
2018 Some Chinese Ceramic Findings from Cambodia during Post-Angkorian Period (15th-19th Centuries) 柬埔寨出土後吳哥時期 (15-19世紀) 中國陶瓷舉隅, in Li Jian’an (ed.) The Maritime Silk Road: Proceedings of the International Symposium of the Dongxi Kiln. Fuzhou: Fujian Renmin chubanshe, pp. 170-174.
2017 Preliminary Study on Shiwan Kilns Stamped Storage Jars in Hong Kong and Guangzhou 香港與廣州所見宋代石灣窯印花貯藏罐之初步認識. In Beijing Art Museum (ed.) Chinese Ancient Kilns Series: Shiwan Kilns. Vol. 15, Beijing: Zhongguo Huaqiao chubanshe, pp. 414-419.
2015 Discoveries of Chaozhou Kiln Products in Southeast Asia during the 9th to 12th Centuries 九至十二世紀潮州窯產品在東南亞的發現. In Beijing Art Museum (ed.) Chinese Ancient Kilns Series: Chaozhou Kilns. Vol. 7, Beijing: Zhongguo Huaqiao chubanshe, pp.340-347.
2013 Case Study on Guangdong Ceramics Found in the 9th Century Belitung Shipwreck, Indonesia 九世紀印尼勿里洞沉船所見廣東陶瓷芻釋. In Guangdong Provincial Museum (ed.) Proceedings of Maritime Ceramic Road International Conference. Guangzhou: Lingnan Art Publisher, pp.101-122.
2011 “Kwantung jar” sherds with stamped potters’ marks found in the 14th century Fort Canning archaeological site, Singapore and Related Problems about Some Ceramic Vessels of Shipwrecks and their Cargoes 新加坡福康寧遺址出土14世紀“廣東罐”上的戳印紋飾與沉船貨物盛載容器的幾個問題. In Shanghai National Maritime Museum of China (ed.) Navigation: Trace of Civilization. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, pp.80-114.
2010 Introduction to Fujian Ceramics in Song-Yuan Period in Angkorian Region, Cambodia 簡介柬埔寨吳哥地區出土的福建宋元陶瓷. In Li Jian’an (ed.) Fujian Merchants in Archaeological Perspective. Beijing: Zhonghua Press, pp.128-150.
2009 Negotiating Identities, Affiliations and Interests: The Many Lives of Han Wai Toon, and Overseas Chinese. In Derek Heng, Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied (eds.) Reframing Singapore: Memory, Identity and Tran-regionalism. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp.155-173.
2009 Study on the Relationship between Khmer Ceramics Industries and Guangdong Trade Ceramics in Tang-Song Period, A Review 高棉陶瓷業與廣東唐宋貿易瓷關係研究述評. Proceedings of 2009 International Symposium on Ancient Ceramics. Shanghai: Shanghai Science and Technology Literature Press, pp.577-582.
2005 (Co-authors with Pei-kai, Cheng, Guo, Li, Maggie Chuiki, Wan) Research report a case study of Chinese ceramics excavated from Prasat Suor Prat, Cambodia, in Cheng, Pei-kai, Li, Guo and Wan, Maggie Chuiki (eds.) The Proceedings of the International Conference of Chinese Ceramics and Maritime Trade, 12th-15th Century, Hong Kong Chung Hwa Book Co. (HK) Ltd.,pp.211-229.
Other publications
2020 The History of Traditional Ceramic Crafts in Kwun Tong 觀塘傳統陶瓷業今昔, in Hulu Culture ed. From East to West: Yau Tsim Mong and Kwun Tong. Kowloon. Hong Kong: Hulu Culture, pp.234-243.
2019 (Co-authors with Sum Yee, May, Ho, Wan Yee, Wendy, Ng), Heritage Impact Assessment for the Proposed Public Housing Development at Hin Fat Lane, Tuen Mun. (Castle Peak Dragon Kiln 屯門青山龍窯) Hong Kong: Revival Heritage Consultants Limited, prepared for Hong Kong Housing Authority, HKSAR Government, 70 pages. https://www.aab.gov.hk/form/HIA_Report_HFLPHD.pdf
2018 Survey and Research Reports, in Ko Po-yee, Yiu, Hoi-ki, and Wong, Wai-yee Sharon (eds.) Made in Hong Kong ·Ceramic Factory: Research Work Collection of the Majestic Chemical Art Craft Manufacture in Lei Yue Mun 港產 · 陶瓷廠—鯉魚門萬機陶瓷廠研究文集. Hong Kong: Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus Museum, pp. 32-77.
2018 (Co-editor with Lam, Wengcheong) 2018. From the Mountains to the Seas: Sichuan Sanxingdui. Jiangkou Battlefield & Guangdong Nanhai No. I Shipwreck Exhibition Catalogue 上山下海:四川三星堆及江口古戰場;廣東南海I號沉船遺址展. Hong Kong: Department of Anthropology and University Library, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 72 pages, ISBN: 978-988-78495-2-0.
2017 (Ed.) Touching Angkor: From Temples to Cities, Archaeology & Cultural Heritage in Cambodia Exhibition Catalogue 觸 · 跡吳哥:從寺廟到城市—柬埔寨的考古與文化遺產展, Hong Kong: Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 73 pages, ISBN: 978-988-78495-0-6.
2017 Preliminary Study on Teaching Resources of Public Archaeology in Hong Kong 初探香港公眾考古學的實物教學資源, Journal of The Hong Kong Archaeological Society, 17: 142-145.
2016 (Co-editors with Po-yee, Ko and Hoi-ki, Yiu) Made in Hong Kong. Ceramic Factory: Archaeological Exhibition of the Majestic Chemical Art Craft Manufacture in Lei Yue Mun 港產 · 陶瓷廠—鯉魚門萬機陶瓷廠考古專題展, Hong Kong: Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus Museum. 73 pages. ISBN: 978-988-77586-0-0.
2015 “Southeast Asian Ceramics Found in Penny’s Bay, Hong Kong: Important Evidence of Exchange between China and Southeast Asia”, Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum Newsletter, 2014-15, 8 (2): 1-4.
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