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The Centre for Communication Research was founded in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science at the City University of Hong Kong in 2005 ( The funding derived from the University, supplemented with external grants from such sources as the Research Grants Committee of Hong Kong and the Taipei City Government. The core members include Professor Chin-Chuan Lee (Director), Professor Jonathan Zhu, Professor Tsan-kuo Chang, Dr. Zhou He, Dr. Francis L. F. Lee, Dr. Fen Lin, Dr. Fei Shen, and Dr. Mike Yao, all of whom have migrated back to Asia after many years of training or decades of teaching in the United States. Closely affiliated with the Department of Media and Communication, the Centre has collaborated with a wide network of interdisciplinary scholars from around the world. ( more...)

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Internationalizing "International Communication"

Chin-Chuan Lee, editor

A critical intervention in international communications, in which an array of eminent scholars challenge the Western-dominated conceptions of the field

International communication as a field of inquiry is, in fact, not very “internationalized.” Rather, it has been taken as a conceptual extension or empirical application of U.S. communication, and much of the world outside the West has been socialized to adopt truncated versions of Pax Americana’s notion of international communication. At stake is the “subject position” of academic and cultural inquirers: Who gets to ask what kind of questions? It is important to note that the quest to establish universally valid “laws” of human society with little regard for cultural values and variations seems to be running out of steam. Many lines of intellectual development are reckoning with the important dimensions of empathetic understanding and subjective consciousness. In Internationalizing "International Communication," Lee and others argue that we must reject both America-writ-large views of the world and self-defeating mirror images that reject anything American or Western on the grounds of cultural incompatibility or even cultural superiority. The point of departure for internationalizing “international communication” must be precisely the opposite of parochialism – namely, a spirit of cosmopolitanism. Scholars worldwide have a moral responsibility to foster global visions and mutual understanding, which forms, metaphorically, symphonic harmony made of cacophonic sounds.

“This collection brings together a star-studded list of scholars to reflect on major methodological and theoretical approaches in the field of International Communication, with particular emphasis on the issue, much discussed in the Communication field at large, of de-Westernizing the field, that is, taking advantage of the growing bodies of scholarship originating outside of the US and Western Europe to rethink major approaches in the field. It's fair to say that Internationalizing "International Communication" is a unique volume.” — Dan Hallin, University of California, San Diego

Contributors: Elihu Katz, Tsan-Kuo Chang, Jan Servaes, Paolo Mancini, Michael Curtin, Jaap van Ginneken, Colin Sparks, Silvio Waisbord, Chin-Chuan Lee, Judy Polumbaum, Longxi Zhang, Rodney Benson, Peter Dahlgren, and Arvind Rajagopal.

Published by University of Michigan Press
ISBN: Hardcover 978-0-472-07244-6 (Hardcover); 978-0-472-05244-8 (Paper); 978-0-472-12078-9 (Ebook)

Communication, Public Opinion and Globalization in Urban China

As China is increasingly integrated into the processes of economic, political, social, and cultural globalization, important questions arise about how Chinese people perceive and evaluate such processes. At the same time, international communication scholars have long been interested in how local, national, and transnational media communications shape people’s attitudes and values.

Combining these two concerns, this book examines a range of questions pertinent to public opinion toward globalization in urban China: To what degree are the urban residents in China exposed to the influences from the outside world? How many transnational social connections does a typical urban Chinese citizen have? How often do they consume foreign media? To what extent are they aware of the notion of globalization, and what do they think about it? Do they believe that globalization is beneficial to China, to the city where they live, and to them personally? ( more...)

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