Huiwen completed her PhD in the School of English at The University of Hong Kong. Her PhD thesis on contemporary elegy won her the HKU Graduate School’s outstanding research student award.
Her research interests lie in contemporary poetics, life writing, service-learning, digital storytelling, and English language pedagogy.
She has been trained as a literary scholar in both English and Chinese literatures. Since she began her literary education at Fudan, she has researched critical and comparative approaches to literature and culture. Beginning in 2007, she has applied her ideas in teaching Hong Kong students at CUHK, HKU, and PolyU CPCE. She has taught subjects such as “Introduction to Literature”, “English for Academic Studies”, “Business Communication”, “English Stylistics and Rhetoric”, “Oral Communication in English”, and “Creative Writing”. In these different courses she has emphasised both the practical side of language learning and the critical/creative edge developed through cultural cultivation. Her teaching aims to make multilingualism the basis for students to become global citizens and cosmopolitan humanists.
Her team’s new Service-Learning subject, “Storytelling for Understanding: Refugee Children in Hong Kong”, uses personal narratives as an instrument to facilitate deeper cultural learning and better community service.
She writes theatre reviews in Chinese, and creative nonfiction and poetry in English. She is currently a columnist for 2 Rules of Writing, an international writer community.
An ardent lover of language and literature, Huiwen believes in the magic of words and their healing power; Language Collage, a magazine she debuted for the Division of Languages and Communication of PolyU CPCE, practices this belief.