Dr. WU Gabriel (吳耀宗)


Author IDs


BA (Hons) MA (National University of Singapore)
MA PhD (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)


Dr. Wu received his PhD degree in Chinese literature from the University of Washington at Seattle. He taught at the National University of Singapore before joining City University of Hong Kong in December 2006. An academician as well as a creative writer, he is the author of Narration Proves Existence: Deliberation on Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, and six books of poetry and fiction. His specialization in modern and contemporary literature can also be seen in his two edited books: Spiritual China: Literary Quest in the Post-1976 Era and Contemporary Literature and Humanist Ecology, and his serving as the editorial board member of Journal of Chinese Literary Studies, subject specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), and reviewer of overseas and local academic journals. He won national and regional prestigious literary awards including the Singapore Literature Prize twice (2010, 2016), Singapore Young Artist Award (1998) and ASEAN Young Artist Award (1993). He was constantly invited as judge for Singapore literary awards.



  • Special Topics in Chinese Language and Literature
  • Topics in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Topics in Classical Chinese Literature
  • Great Works after Sui Dynasty
  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Selected Authors in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature

Research Interests/Areas

  • Modern & Contemporary Chinese literature 
  • Hong Kong Literature
  • East & Southeast Asian Literature


  • Singapore Literature Prize, 2016.
  • Singapore Literature Prize, 2010.
  • Yew Tee Award (for outstanding community service), Singapore, 2004.
  • Singapore Young Artist Award, 1998.
  • Singapore Book Award (highly commended, poetry section), 1996.
  • NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship, 1995-2000.
  • 1st prize in ASEAN Young Artist Award, 1993.
  • NUS Graduate Scholarship, 1991-1993.
  • NUS Tong Kit Hin Memorial Medal, 1990.
  • Singapore Golden Lion Award (highly commended, fiction section), 1989.
  • Singapore Lion City Rotary Literary Award (in fiction and poetry sections), 1988.
  • 1st runner up in Singapore National Short Story Competition, 1986.

Editor or Editorial Membership

  • Editorial Board Member, The International Journal of Study on Modern Chinese Literature in East Asia (2005- )
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Chinese Literary Studies (2015- )

Services outside CityU

  • Director, The Society of Hong Kong 18 Districts Poetry Gathering
  • Subject Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (2003-2013; 2015- )
  • Council Member, International Guo Moruo Academy (2012- )