Born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco, Cynthia Wong studied Psychology and English as an undergraduate at the University of the Pacific and medieval and modern literature at Chicago. Her doctoral education in the Modern Studies program at the University of Wisconsin paved her academic work in American ethnic literature, modern British literature, and poststructuralist theory.
She is recognized as one of the key North American scholars of British author Kazuo Ishiguro. Her research interests also include world literature, Antarctic exploration narratives, and literature of food.
She is completing her first creative non-fiction book, Grace in Antarctica: Travel and Mourning, about her journey to the coldest continent following the death of her husband, poet Vance Crummett.