Sonia Wong received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University, specializing in Hebrew Bible with a minor in Ancient Near East. She wrote her dissertation on “The Solomonic Kingdom as a Cultural Fantasy of the Imperialized Yehudites,” in which she conducts a historical-critical analysis of 1 Kings 1:1-12:24 from a postcolonial-psychoanalytic perspective with the analytic notion of fantasy as a wish-fulfilling narrative. Her research interests include the Deuteronomistic (Hi)Story, the Pentateuch, postcolonial biblical criticism, psychoanalytic criticism, and cross-textual interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in the Chinese social and religious contexts.
Besides her Ph.D., Sonia holds a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, an M.Div. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an M.A. from Vanderbilt University. She received training in ecotourism and completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. Before she embarked on her academic journey, she taught high-school mathematics and music for eleven years. She still enjoys playing the piano and singing for leisure. She is a member of the Methodist Church of Hong Kong.
Her publications include “The Birth, Early Life, and Commission of Moses: A Reading from Post-Handover Hong Kong,” in Exodus and Deuteronomy (ed. Athalya Brenner and Gale A. Yee; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012), 139-155; “The Notion of k-p-r in the Book of Leviticus and Chinese Popular Religion,” in Leviticus and Numbers (ed. Athalya Brenner and Archie C. C. Lee; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013), 77-95; and “A Comparison of Chinese Creation Myths and Biblical Texts,” in Global Perspectives on the Bible (ed. Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver; Boston: Pearson, 2014), 2-3.
Sonia is currently working on a cross-textual reading between the biblical narratives on Zelophehad’s Daughters and the Lienü zhuan traditions in imperial China and another cross-textual reading between the naked exposure of the female body as a part of sexual policing in the Hebrew Bible and modern China.