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

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

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

Current Courses

FINE2048 Arts of Japan

FINE3022 Visual culture of modern Japan

Past Courses

FINE2067 Architecture of East Asia

FINE2097 Arts of Korea

FINE3025 Pious worldliness: Buddhist art and material culture

FINE4002 Perspectives in Asian art


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