Author Archives: Rosemary Clark

Blogging China, Part 2

Editor’s note: In this second installment, students wrote about bike share apps in China, China-US-Australia, popularity of Korean TV melodramas in China, and North Korean defectors in China. –Guobin Yang Social Implications of Bike Share Apps in China Barry Chiu China is seeing a major social change in its attitude towards environmental issues. The bike-sharing […]

Blogging for a Better Future: Reflections on Identity, Immigration, Digital Culture, and US/China

Editor’s note: This semester, I am teaching a large undergraduate course on “Media, Culture, and Society in Contemporary China.” Given the amount of coverage about China in the American news media, I ask students to follow current news related to China and write a weekly one-page blog-style essay to share their observations and reflections. They […]

Trust, Community, and Guts: Lessons from 1971 for 2016

On the evening of November 15, the Media Activism Research Collective hosted a screening of 1971. The documentary, created by Johanna Hamilton, recounts the heroic activism of eight ordinary citizens who exposed the extent of the FBI’s illegal surveillance of dissident groups throughout the 1960s and 1970s. A panel discussion including three of the film’s subjects — […]

Translation in Activism and Cyber-nationalism in China.

Originally posted on China Policy Institute: Analysis:
Written by Guobin Yang. On January 20, 2016, young nationalists in the PRC, now nicknamed Little Pink, launched an “expedition” from the popular Baidu message board “Diba” to the Facebook page of Taiwan’s newly elected president Tsai Ing-wen. They posted large numbers of emojis, called “emoji packs” (biaoqing…

When old technologies were heavy

The closing scene of Touch of Evil is less famous than its extended, single-shot opening counterpart, but for people interested in ethics of surveillance, it is much more provocative. The movie (infamous both for its squirm-inducingly racist casting and its long editorial battle between the studio and director Orson Welles) closes with good cop Mike […]

Sound and the Public: A Special Issue of Communication and the Public

Communication and the Public – Call for papers Jing Wang (Zhejiang University) and Marina Peterson (Ohio University), Guest Editors Sound as a constitutive element in the formation of public life is exemplified by urban public concerts, the everyday sound of a church bell in a small European village, or the Chinese national anthem played every Monday in Tiananmen Square. […]

MARC Students & Faculty at #ICA16

More than a dozen MARC students and faculty are presenting research at the International Communication Association’s 66th Annual Conference in Fukuoka, Japan. Stop by their panels for exciting discussions about media, activism, and social justice. FRIDAY, JUNE 10 9:30 – 10:45 Fighting the Continuum of Violence From Flaming and Street Harassment to Domestic Violence and Rape (Nire) […]

#NuitDebout: 5 things to know about the movement that’s spreading through France (and maybe Europe)

#NuitDebout is the movement that has taken to the streets of Paris and countless other French cities to protest against François Hollande’s government Labor Reform (Loi Travail). Starting on March 31, they have been occupying Place de la République in Paris every night, and now the movement is spreading to other French and European cities, encompassing […]

Schedule for PROTEST, A Graduate Student Conference

We are pleased to announce the schedule for PROTEST, a graduate student conference co-organized by MARC and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Penn. The conference will take place on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22 in Cohen Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Protest Schedule Thursday, April 21, 2016, Terrace Room, Cohen Hall 8:30am-9:00am: COFFEE, LIGHT […]

An Open Letter: Remembering the Greensboro Four

Originally posted on Penn BGAPSA:
Ezell Blair Jr. David Richmond. Franklin McCain. Joseph McNeil. On February 1, 1960, four young men walked purposefully in the crisp, Carolina air, sharing an uneasy silence. They were making history though they hardly knew it at the time. Between their North Carolina A&T dorm rooms and Woolworth’s Drug Store…