Category Guobin Yang

Recent Publications on Activism, Communication, and Social Justice

As the November 1 deadline for submitting papers to the 2018 ICA conference approaches, we are receiving queries about what kind of papers and panel proposals might fall under the mission of the new ICA Activism, Communication, and Social Justice (ACSJ) Interest Group, beyond the topics listed under the ACSJ call for papers. Defining this […]

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 […]

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…

The Affective Publics of Under the Dome

Recently, a documentary film called Under the Dome made by the former celebrity investigative journalist Chai Jing caused a sensation in China and in global media. A film in the style of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Under the Dome is an impassioned exposé of the causes and consequences of air pollution. It is an […]

Generations of Digital Activism

In a forthcoming essay in Social Media + Society, Rosemary Clark and I emphasized the importance of a historical approach to the study of digital media practices. Our argument is that temporality is a missing variable in much current thinking about social media and that communication research should focus more on explaining historical change. We proposed […]