Wong Wai-Yin Christina is a full-time assistant professor of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK. Christina is trained in multi-disciplinary studies. She got her Master of Philosophy at CUHK, majoring in Gender Studies and Religious Studies. Building on sociological research methods, her master thesis documents and analyzes the struggles of female Christian ministers toward ordination in Hong Kong churches from historical, theological, and gender perspectives. Her finding contributed to demonstrate Christian women’s subtle power and resistance during their succession in Hong Kong’s clerical hierarchy. In October 2015, the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, US, conferred on her its Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her major disciplines are Christianity in China, Chinese Women’s History, and Asian Feminist Theology. Her dissertation was titled, “Women’s Work for Women: Chinese Christian Women and Western Missionaries in Canton, South China, 1847–1938.” It addresses women’s agency in Christianity in China and examines the negotiation and cooperation between American Presbyterian women missionaries and Chinese Christian women in the Canton Christian community.
Christina’s research and teaching focus on Women and Missions; Feminist Theology; Gender and Ministry; and Religion and Gender Studies. She is the principal investigator of “Women’s Work for Women: Transnational Cooperation of a Christian Women Community in Canton, South China (1847–1938), funded by Direct Grant for Research 2016–17, CUHK. She is also a co-investigator of “Preliminary Study on the Struggles and Challenges of the Aftermath of Female Survivors: A Critical Review of Hong Kong Coping Against Intimate Partner Violence” (with Ng Wai-Ching Irene, Social Work Department, CUHK). Apart from her expertise in gender and women’s studies in religion and theology, she also got a grant from Early Career Scheme 2021–22, University Grants Committee, entitled “Radical Social Movements and Networked Ecumenism: An Analysis of Three Christian NGOs in Colonial Hong Kong, 1960s–1990s.” As a scholar of mission studies of World Christianity and a practitioner of the ecumenical movement, she is interested in analyzing how transnational ecumenical networks and resources nurtured early local radical social movements in Hong Kong.