China’s digital communication industry and its discontent

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China’s digital communication industry and its discontent

Day 2: 26 June 2021

Melbourne, AEST (UTC +10) | 11:15 – 12:15

Beijing, CST (UTC +8) | 09:15 – 10:15
London, BST (UTC +1) | 02:15 – 03:15
New York, EDT (UTC -4) | (25 June) 21:15 – 22:15
Los Angeles, PDT (UTC -7) | (25 June)18:15 – 19:15

Yuanfeixue Nan | USC Annenberg
Wendy Su | University of California Riverside
Yingdan Lu | Stanford University
Jennifer Pan | Stanford University
Bashar Malkawi | University of Arizona

Ben Lee


This panel brings together four papers that examine a diversified range of topics related to Chinese digital and online worlds and cultures. From social media platforms like Sina Weibo to the film industry, from the disorder in news production to intellectual property issues, from sentiments and nationalism to soft power—papers in this panel discuss contentious issues in China’s digital communication industry.


Yuanfeixue Nan

Yuanfeixue Nan is a first-year doctoral student at Annenberg School of Communication, USC, US. Her current research interest is social media related phenomenon and health communication in general. To be more specific, her previous work explored what makes fake news became prevalent these days. Besides, more health relevant topics could be found in her works: how attributes of genetically modified organic related videos are related to the audience’s attitude, potential factors that contribute to the knowledge on HPV vaccine, possible correlation between social media use and social anxiety symptoms.

Wendy Su

Wendy Su is Associate Professor of the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at University of California Riverside. Her research areas include China’s communication and cultural policy study, cultural industries research, transnational film studies, audience research, and Asian modernity. She is the author of China’s Encounter with Global Hollywood: Cultural Policy and the Film Industry, 1994-2013 (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), and co-editor of Asia-Pacific Film Co-productions: Theory, Industry and Aesthetics (Routledge, 2019). She has published in a number of high-ranking academic journals.

Yingdan Lu

Yingdan Lu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Her research focuses on new media, political communication, and information manipulation in authoritarian regimes. Methodologically, she examines massive textual data from social media and millions of moment-by-moment screenshots collected from mobile users. Prior to her doctoral study, she received her M.A. degree from Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, and B.A. degree from School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University.

Jennifer Pan

Jennifer Pan is an Assistant Professor of Communication, and an Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford University. Her research sides at the intersection of political communication and comparative politics. Her work has appeared in peer reviewed publications such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Science.

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