Associate Professor Ping Wang
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Ping Wang

MA BFSU, Beijing;  PhD Syd

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Humanities & Languages

Born and educated in China with a master's degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and then a PhD from the University of Sydney, Ping Wang is an Associate Professor of classical Chinese literature and philosophy in the School of Humanities and Languages in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture. She is the co-author of Daxue & Zhongyong (2012), an extensive study of commentaries on Daxue and Zhongyong, two of the “Four Books” considered amongst the most critically important Confucian classics and Chinese philosophy more broadly, as well as the Mingjia & Related Texts (2020): essentials in the understanding of the development of pre-Qin philosophy. 

Wang’s research covers the area of classical Chinese philosophy and literature with a focus on poetry, in particular ci-poetry, one of the main poetic genres in the history of Chinese literature. Her research also extends to Chinese literati art and aesthetics. Interdisciplinary approach marks her research. She is an invited research collaborator with international institutions across Asia, Europe and the US, as well as a recipient of a number of international fellowships, including Artist-in-Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, and Affiliated Fellow,  the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands.  Before joining UNSW, Wang has also taught at universities in China and America. 


+61 2 9385 3451
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  • Books | 2019
    Wang P; Johnston I, 2019, The Mingjia & Related Texts,
    Books | 2017
    Wang P, 2017, Chinese For Advanced Learners: Language, Society and Culture, UNSW Press, Sydney: UNSW
    Books | 2012
    Wang P, 2012, Daxue & Zhongyong, 1st, The Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Wang P, 2020, 'Notes on the Relationship between the Gongsun Longzi and the Dialectical Chapters of the Mozi', in Suter R; Indraccolo L; Behr W (ed.), The Gongsun Longzi and Other Neglected Texts: Aligning Philosophical and Philological Perspectives, De Gruyter, Berlin: Germany, pp. 45 - 86,
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Wang P, 2020, 'The Gongsun Longzi: A Historical Overview (978-3-11-058781-3)', in Suter R; Indraccolo L; Behr W (ed.), The Gongsun Longzi and Other Neglected Texts: Aligning Philosophical and Philological Perspectives, De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany, pp. 25 - 44,
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Wang P, 2017, '“The Chinese Concept of Friendship: Confucian Ethics and the Literati Narratives of Pre-Modern China”', in Conceptualising Friendship in Time and Place, Brill Value Inquiry Book Series / So, Leiden & Boston, pp. 25 - 58
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Wang P, 2016, 'Chi Li, Lang Ping, Nie Hualing', in Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women The Twentieth Century 1912–2000 (Chinese edition), Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 128, 341, 478 - 132, 343, 482
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Wang P, 2014, 'Li Qingzhao', in Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women, Routledge, pp. 214 - 220,
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Wang P, 2013, 'To Stay or to Leave: The Dilemma of Ancient Chinese Literati and Exilic Writing', in Journeys and Destinations; Studies in Travel, Identity, and Meaning, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 217 - 242,
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Wang P, 2008, 'Review of Stephen Owen’s The Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetry. Harvard University Press, 2006', in Asian Studies Review, edn. 32 (4) 2008., Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, England, pp. 539 - 541
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Wang P, 2005, 'Review on Figments of the Supernatural', in MCLC Resource Center Publications, edn. Original, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University, online at:, pp. 1 - 6
  • Journal articles | 2014
    Johnston I; Wang P, 2014, 'Reply to Curie Virág', Dao,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Johnston I; Wang P, 2014, 'Reply to Curie Virág', Dao, 13, pp. 589 - 590,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Wang P, 2013, 'The Inner Workings of Lu Xun’s Mind: Behind the Author’s Pen-Names', Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 7, pp. 459 - 482,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Wang P, 2012, 'From Luzhen to Sendai: Locality and Metonym in Lu Xun's Pseudonyms', Provincial China, Vol. 4, pp. 27 - 67
    Journal articles | 2012
    Wang P, 2012, 'Lasting Sorrow: Chinese Literati's Emotions on their journeys', Literature & Aesthetics, 22, pp. 234 - 256,;dn=771394618857571;res=IELLCC
    Journal articles | 2010
    Wang P, 2010, 'A Solitary Boat in the Autumn Chill: Chinese Ci-Poetry and Literati Painting', Literature and Aesthetics, 20, pp. 123 - 153
    Journal articles | 2008
    Wang P, 2008, 'Catching butterflies: a stylistic approach to classical Chinese ci- poetry', Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 2, pp. 461 - 483
    Journal articles | 2007
    Wang P, 2007, 'The Historical and Cultural Contexts of Chinese Language', China Insights Today, 1, pp. 14 - 17
  • Conference Papers | 2012
    Wang P, 2012, 'A multi-dimensional Approach to Chinese Language and Culture', in Conference Procedding, 2012 TCLT7 Organizing Committee, National Foreign Language Resource Centre, University of Hawaii, Hololulu: University of Hawaii, pp. 421 - 428, presented at The 7th International Conference & Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 25 May 2012 - 27 May 2012,
    Conference Presentations | 2009
    Wang P, 2009, '“Classical Chinese Poetry and Literati Painting”', presented at the Chinese Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) Biannual conference, University of Sydney, 09 July 2009 - 11 July 2009

  I've been invited as a research partner for International Collaborative projects, including:

  • The Two Million Euros Project "Narrative Modes of Historical Discourse in Asia",  funded by European Research Council, 2015-2019;
  • The  $1,500,000 Project "Core Concepts of Historical Thinking" funded by ERC and Polish foundation for Science, 2019-2021.

I have received a few international fellowships, including: 

Visiting Research Fellow, ERC-funded Project, Adam Mickiewicz University , Poland, 2016 & 2019

 Affiliated Fellow,  the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands. 2004 & 2012

 Artist-in-Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France,  2004

  • International Collaborative projects
  • Book projects, including that on Zhuangzi and Daoist philosophy

My Research Supervision

2 PhD students and 2 MA students

My Teaching

I teach in the area of Chinese literature, aesthetics, as well as language. The courses I am currently teaching include:

ARTS3456 Classical Chinese Literature

ARTS2464 Chinese Ideas of Beauty and Erotica: Ancient to Modern

ARTS1450 Introductory Chinese A for Non-background Speakers

ARETS1451 Introductory Chinese B for Non-background Speakers