Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Chair in Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Fine Arts, East Asian Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program


Ph.D., Columbia University

Field of Specialty

Chinese and Asian Modern Art.

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 212

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Aida Yuen Wong

Aida Yuen Wong is a scholar of Asian art history who has written extensively on transcultural modernism. Among her major publications are Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-Style Painting in Modern China (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2006) and the edited volume Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia (Hong Kong University Press, 2012). She is the author of the chapter on Chinese modernism in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd ed. (2014). Her new book (Brill, 2016) explores the art theory and legacy of the late Qing-early Republican reformer, Kang Youwei, whose paradigmatic thinking about painting and calligraphy cast a long shadow on modern/contemporary Chinese art discourses. Forthcoming is the co-edited volume, Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan), which deals with dress reforms in China, Japan, and Korea between the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. In addition, she has began research on Francois Cheng and Sino-French aesthetic theory, as well as the modern ink painting in Greater China (Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong). Her areas of interest include painting, calligraphy, institutional history, and historiography. Her scholarship has been published in Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.


Wong, Aida Yuen and Kyunghee Pyun, eds. Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. (forthcoming)

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Gao Jianfu's Aesthetic of Dilapidation: Modern Chinese Visuality and Its Relations to Japan and the Stele School." Japanese Art -- Transcultural Perspectives. Ed. Guth, Christine, Melanie Trede, and Mio Wakita. Leiden: Brill/Hotei, 2018 (forthcoming)

Ruan Yuan 阮圓 (Wong, Aida Yuen). 撥開雲霧:日本與中國「國畫」的誕生 (Chinese Translation of Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-style Painting in Modern China). 台北 Taipei: Rock Publishing, 2017. (forthcoming)

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Qing Encounters: Exchanges between China and West, edited by Petra Ten-Doesschate Chu and Ning Ding." Burlington Magazine (2017). (forthcoming)

阮圓 (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Shufajia Xiao Xian (1902-1997): Huozai nanren shijie de nüren 書法家蕭嫻 (1902-1997):活在男人世界的女人 (Calligrapher Xiao Xian: A Woman in a Man’s World)." Kanjian xingbie: Jinxiandai Zhongguo yishushi xin shiye 看見性別:近現代中國藝術史新視野 (Seeing Gender from Late Imperial to Modern China). Ed. Ko, Dorothy, Lai Yu-chih, and Aida Yuen Wong. Taipei: Rock Publishing, 2017 (forthcoming)

高彥頤 (Ko, Dorothy), 賴毓芝 (Lai Yu-chih), and 阮圓 (Aida Yuen Wong/Ruan Yuan), eds. Kanjian xingbie: Jinxiandai Zhongguo yishushi xin shiye 看見性別:近現代中國藝術史新視野 (Seeing Gender from Late Imperial to Modern China). Taipei: Rock Publishing, 2017. (forthcoming)

Ruan Yuan 阮圆 (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Taiwan shuimohua: Lin Yu-shan zhi Zhong-Ri zhezhong” 台湾水墨画:林玉山之中日折衷 (Taiwanese ink painting: Lin Yu-shan’s Sino-Japanese syncretism)." Jielu Fusang: liuRi huajia de Zhongguohua gailiang 借路扶桑:留日画家的中国画改良,1905–1937 (Passing Through Fusang: Reforming Painting by Chinese Artists who Studied in Japan, 1905-1937). Guangzhou: Lingnan Meishu Chubanshe, 2017

阮圓 (Wong, Aida Yuen). "高剑父书画的残破美与碑学的关系 (Relationship between Gao Jianfu’s aesthetic of dilapidation in painting and calligraphy and the Stele School)." 国画复活运动与广东中国画: 国际学术研讨会论文集 (Guangdong Chinese painting in the resurrection movement of Chinese painting: international scholarship seminar thesis anthology). vol. 2 Ed. Chen Ruilin 陈瑞林 and Wei Chenghong 韦承红. Guangzhou: Lingnan Meishu Chubanshe, 2017. 356–68..

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Rabindranath Tagore's Mysterious Faces and India's Encounter with Modernism." Behind the Masks of Modernism: Global and Transnational Perspectives. Ed. Andy Reynolds and Bonnie Roos. Gainesville: The University Press of Florida, 2016. 24-54.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Roberta Wue, Art Worlds: Artists, Images, and Audiences in late Nineteenth-Century Shanghai." The Art Bulletin June (2016): 263-65.

Wong, Aida Yuen. The Other Kang Youwei: Calligrapher, Art Activist, and Aesthetic Reformer in Modern China. Leiden, Boston, Tokyo: Brill, 2016.

Ruan Yuan (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Kang Youwei yu Shanghai meishu jiaoyu (Kang Youwei and Shanghai Art Education)." Proceedings of the Conference on the Centenary of the Founding of the Shanghai School of Fine Arts. Ed. Liu Haisu Museum. Shanghai: Liu Haisu Museum, 2015

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Kingfisher Blue in Ming Arts: Status Symbol, Material Invention, and Intercultural Connections." Colour Histories: Science, Art, and Technology in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Ed. Magdalena Bushart and Friedrich Steinle. Berlin: De Gruyter Verlag, 2015. 145-57; 382-91.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Le Japon et l’école de Lingnan : une énigme de la Modernité." L’école de Lingnan: L’éveil de la Chine moderne. exh. cat. Paris: Musée Cernuschi, 2015. 86-91.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Rosina Buckland, Painting Nature for the Nation: Taki Katei and the Challenges to Sinophile Culture in Meiji Japan." Monumenta Nipponica 70. 2 (2015).

Wong, Aida Yuen. "The School of Liu Guosong: the Hong Kong-Taiwan Connection." Revolution Against Brush and Ink: The Return to the Primordial and the Emergence of New Possibilities. Ed. Lee Chun-yi. Taipei: National Taiwan Normal University, 2015. 21-40.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Modernism: China." Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. 2 ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 387-91.

Ruan Yuan [Wong, Aida Yuen]. "Mr. Ma Guoquan: Scholar-Calligrapher Par Excellence." Wanhua Tang fuzi shuhua hebi—Ma Guoquan Ma Dawei shuhua zhuanke yishuji (Father-and-son joint exhibition of painting and calligraphy from the Hall of the Evening Blossoms—Collection of Calligraphy, Painting, and Calligraphy by Ma Guoquan and Ma Dawei). exh. cat. Shenzhen: Haitian Chubanshe, 2013. 200-203.

Wong, Aida Yuen [Ruan Yuan]. "Art has a Human Face." Bonds of Memory: Wan Qingli’s Collection of Chinese Art Given by His Teachers and Friends. exh. cat. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2013. 16-37 (In English and Chinese).

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Reforming Calligraphy in Modern Japan: The Six Dynasties School and Nakamura Fusetsu’s Chinese ‘Stele’ Style." The Role of Japan in Modern Chinese Art. Ed. Joshua A.Fogel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. 131-153.

Wong, Aida Yuen, ed. Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2012.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Art of Non-Resistance: Elitism, Fascist Aesthetics, and the Taiwanese Painter Lin Chih-chu." Art and War in Japan and its Empire: 1930-1960. Ed. Asato Ikeda, Ming Tiampo, and Louisa McDonald. Leiden: Brill, 2012. 305-323.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Landscapes of Empowerment: Fu Baoshi's Reappropriation of the 'Chinese' Rainscape Tradition from Japan." Journal of the History of Modern Art (In English with Korean Translation). December, no. 32 (2012): 175-219.

Wong, Aida Yuen, co-authored with Tamaki Maeda. "Kindred Spirits: Fu Baoshi and the Japanese Art World." Chinese Art in the Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965). Ed. Anita Chung, exh. cat. Cleveland Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011. 35-41.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Kishida Ryusei: Painter of the 'Oriental Grotesque' and the Mingei Movement." The 38th International Research Symposium: Questioning Oriental Aesthetics and Thinking: Conflicting Visions of "Asia" under the Colonial Empires. Ed. Inaga Shigemi. Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2011. 185-96.

Ruan Yuan (Wong, Aida Yuen) and Pu Leeann trans.. "Jindai Riben shufa gexin: lun Liuchaopai ji Zhongcun Buzhe de Zhongguoshi beixuefeng” (Reforming Calligraphy in Modern Japan: The Six Dynasties School and Nakamura Fusetsu’s Chinese-influenced “Stele” Style)." Tsing-hua hsueh-pao (Tsing-hua Journal of Chinese Studies) September. (2010): 485-511 (in Chinese).

Wong, Aida Yuen, Iriye Akira and Pierre-Yves Saunier. "Zen Aesthetics." Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. 2009.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "What is a `Masterpiece? Historiographical Anxieties and Classifications of Chinese Painting in the Modern Period." Writing Modern Chinese Art: Historiographical Explorations. Ed. Josh Yiu. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009. 95-105.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "A Chinese Seal Carver in Japan: Qian Shoutie and the Literati World of Hashimoto Kansetsu." Turmoil, Representation and Trends: Modern Chinese Painting, 1796-1949. Taipei: Chang Foundation, 2008

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Kawachi Kunpei: Calligrapher, Teacher, Painter." Brush and Ink: Kawachi Kunpei, exh,. cat., University of Puget Sound. Tokyo: Hakuteisha, 2008. 7-12 (in English and Japanese).

Wong, Aida Yuen. Tang Dynasty Poem (calligraphy). 2008. Kawachi Kunpei avec Ses Élèves, Galerie Satellite, Paris Exhibition.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Landscapes by Nandlal Bose (1882-1966): Japanism and Populism in Modern India." Shadows of the Past: Of Okakura Tenshin and Pan-Asianism. Ed. Brij Tankha. Calcutta: Sampark, 2007. 107-124.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Naito Konan's History of Chinese Painting." Crossing the Yellow Sea: Sino-Japanese Cultural Contacts, 1600-1950. Ed. Joshua Fogel. Connecticut: EastBridge, 2007. 281-304.

Wong, Aida Yuen. Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-Style Painting in Modern China. University of Hawai'i Press, 2006.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Okakura Kakuzo: Aesthetic of Pan-Asianism." Sources of Japanese Tradition. 2 ed. vol. II (1600-2000) Ed. Wm. Theodore de Bary, Carol Gluck, and Donald Keene. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Three Films about Food by Fruit Chan: Allegories of Hong Kong-China Relations after 1997." Asian Cinema Winter/Fall. (2005): 229-241.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Dunhuangology as Nationalist Apparatus: The Kyoto School of Oriental Studies and its Connection with Modern Chinese Historiography." Japanese Cultural Nationalism: At Home and in the Asia Pacific. Ed. Roy Starrs. Kent: Global Oriental, 2004. 252-67.

Wong, Aida Yuen. Timeline China 1800-1900; 1900-2000. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Vestiges of Time/Elemental Spring: Zhang Jian-Jun and Barbara Edelstein in Guangdong." Yishu: Contemporary Art 2. 1 (Spring/March) (2003): 95-97.

Ruan Yuan (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Dongyang, minzuzhuyi he Dazheng minzhu: Neiteng Hunan de Zhongguo meishu shi (The East, Nationalism, and Taishō Democracy: Naitō Konan’s History of Chinese Painting)." Meishuguan May (2002): 92-100 (in Chinese).

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Maxwell K. Hearn and Judith G. Smith, eds. Chinese Art: Modern Expressions." CAA.Reviews October (2002): <http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/hearn.html>.

Ruan Yuan (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Ershi shijichu wenrenhua de xinsheng: dongfang yishu yu xiandaixing kua wenhua de xushi (A New Life for Literati Painting in the Early Twentieth Century: Eastern Art and Modernity, a Transnational Narrative)." Sixiang (Thinking) 8 (2001): 92-120 (in Chinese).

Wong, Aida Yuen, Tom and Sara Pendergast, eds.. "Cai Guoqiang." Contemporary Artists. 5 ed. 2 vols. 2001.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "The Ellsworth Collection in the Metropolitan Museum: Premier American Collection of Modern Chinese Painting." Oriental Art 47. 3 (June) (2001): 79-82.

Wong, Aida-Yuen. "A New Life for Literati Painting in the Twentieth Century: Eastern Art and Modernity, A Transcultural Narrative?." Artibus Asiae 60. 2 (2000): 297-326.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "The East, Nationalism, and Taishō Democracy: Naitō Konan’s History of Chinese Painting." Sino-Japanese Studies 11. 2 (1999): 3-23.

Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Words and Images: Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting by Wen Fong and Alfreda Murck." RACAR vol. 17, no. 2 1992: 193-194.

Courses Taught

EL 80a Tuvalu to the World: An Eco Art Project
FA 34a History of Asian Art
FA 70b The Art of China
FA 71b The Art of Japan
FA 170a Arts of the Ming Dynasty
FA 171b Buddhist Art
FA 172b Ink Painting in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Chinese Renaissance in Exile
FA 173b Art in Shanghai
FA 191a Seminar on Chinese Calligraphy and Practice
FA 197a Studies in Asian Art