Chun Wa CHAN

Assistant Professor 助理教授

Tel: 3917-7268
Office: Room 10.16, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

BA, University of Hong Kong; MA University of Leeds; PhD University of Michigan

Dr. Chan’s research focuses on the intersection of Buddhist material culture, religious space, and social identities in early Japan. He was a fellow at the Institute for Research in Humanities (Jinbunken) at the Kyoto University, National Museum of Korea, as well as National Museum of Asian Art, the Smithsonian Institution. He has published in Japanese Religions and Japan Review.

Buddhist Art and Architecture, Japanese Art, Korean Art

Postwar photography and its role in the historiography of East Asian art

Selected Publications

“Fracturing Realities: Staging Buddhist Art in Domon Ken’s Photobook Murōji (1954).” Japan Review 34 (2019): 191-207.

“The Concept of Zushi: On Enshrinement and Mobility of Buddhist Art in Japan.” Japanese Religions 43 (2018): 17-37.

Current Courses

ARTH3022 Visual culture of modern Japan

ARTH4002 Perspectives in Asian art

Past Courses

ARTH2048 Arts of Japan

ARTH2067 Architecture of East Asia

ARTH2097 Arts of Korea

ARTH3025 Pious worldliness: Buddhist art and material culture


HKU Scholars Hub research page

Reaching beyond HKU
Chun Wa Chan at the Ink Society – Voices and Resonances: Empress Wu Zetian’s Patronage of Buddhist Art and Its Legacy