China’s techno-social realities and futures

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China’s techno-social realities and futures

Day 2: 26 June 2021

Melbourne, AEST (UTC +10) | 17:00 – 18:00

Beijing, CST (UTC +8) | 15:00 – 16:00
London, BST (UTC +1) | 08:00 – 09:00
New York, EDT (UTC -4) | 03:00 – 04:00
Los Angeles, PDT (UTC -7) | 00:00 – 01:00

Tom MacDonald | University of Hong Kong
Yipeng Xi | National University of Singapore
Aaron Yi Kai | National University of Singapore
Yu Sun | Zhejiang University
Jun Fu | Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne
Xing Zhang | National University of Singapore
Weiyu Zhang | National University of Singapore
Anfan Chen | University of Science and Technology of China
Junqi Peng | Hong Kong Baptist University

Siyuan Yin | Simon Fraser University

Tom McDonald

Discussant: Weishan Miao


This panel examines the social-technical realities and imaginaries of Chinese digital culture from a diversified range of perspectives. Six papers in this panel discuss aspects of Chinese digital culture, technology, finance, citizenship, and civic actions. Together they raise questions about the continuity and disruptions in people’s engagement with the new digital life.


Yipeng Xi

Yipeng Xi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on political communication in authoritarian contexts. Currently, his works on civic engagement, public opinion and collective action have appeared in several journals, such as New Media and Society, Global Media and China and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Aaron Yi Kai Ng 

Aaron Yi Kai Ng is a final-year PhD candidate at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. He has broad research interests such as online misinformation, artificial intelligence, public opinion, scientific communication and health communication. He is especially interested in researching Asian contexts, strongly believing that findings and insights from Asian contexts can greatly augment and advance humanity’s collective knowledge and wisdom.

Yu Sun

Yu Sun is currently a postdoc research fellow at College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University, China. Her research interests involve: Chinese digital media, political talk, online deliberation, digital public sphere, digital platform and infrastructure, data activism & data publics, communicative inequality and resistance, feminist activism and environmental movements.

Siyuan Yin

Siyuan Yin is an assistant professor of Migration and Communication in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Siyuan engages in interdisciplinary scholarship spanning the fields of cultural and media studies, feminist studies, social movements, and political economy. Siyuan’s current project examines mediated activism and cultural production among women and migrant workers in the local and transnational contexts.

Jun Fu

Dr Jun Fu is a Research Fellow at the Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. His research interests include digital media, citizenship practices of young people, and media and digital literacy education. He has published in journals and edited book collections in the field of youth studies and citizenship education.

Xing Zhang

Xing Zhang is a graduate student at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on crisis communication, science communication, and social media.

Weiyu Zhang

Weiyu Zhang is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and New Media, National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on civic engagement and ICTs, with an emphasis on Asia. She is the author of the book “The Internet and New Social Formation in China: Fandom Publics in the Making”. Her current project is to develop and examine an online platform for citizen deliberation.

Anfan Chen

Anfan Chen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Science Communication and Science Education, University of Science and Technology of China. His research focuses on computational communication, science communication, and new media.

Junqi Peng

PENG Junqi is currently a PhD student in communication department, Hong Kong Baptist University. His research interests are youth-subcultural studies, digital humanities and creative industry studies. His previous writings cover Korean popular culture and its Chinese fandom, Hip-hop case studies in China, and youth activism in Hong Kong. He got his MA degree in Cinema Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Before that, he was a filmmaker and screenwriter working in productions of web series, documentary and commercial in China.

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