Wayne Yeung

Assistant Professor of Chinese

Professional Biography

Wayne's research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese and Sinophone literature, cinema, and cultural politics, with a comparative dimension drawn from French and Francophone studies. He is interested in the parallels and convergences of extraterritorial, non-sovereign cultures in these linguistic spheres, especially Hong Kong and Martinique, and how their atypical democratic experiments and social movements reflect on cultural production and decolonial criticisms.

His book project examines how Sinophone and Francophone writers are engaged in empire-wide conversation with, or "read back into," the literary canon consecrated by the national center, more specifically Lu Xun and Louis-Ferdinand Céline, while they pursue their own local literary projects and imagine their democratic identity. The project intertextually examines the novelistic entanglement between empire, national sovereignty, and local democratic agency.

His writings have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Modern Asian Studies, Sino-Platonic Papers, Journal of Asian Studies, and Comparative Literature.

He sometimes writes about films for Hong Kong newspapers.


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature & Asian Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2023
  • M.Phil, University of Hong Kong, 2015
  • BA, University of Hong Kong, 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Asian Studies
  • Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature
  • Society of Sinophone Studies
  • Society of Hong Kong Studies
  • Global Hong Kong Studies Young Scholar Network