Research Projects

MEDIA AND GLOBALIZATION IN GREATER CHINA

Large-scale representative sample survey undertaken in four mainland Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Chengdu) and two overseas Chinese cites (Hong Kong and Taipei) investigating how people perceive the positive side and negative side of globalization at the levels of the world system, the national system, city, and individual. Globalization is conceptualized to incorporate political, economic, cultural, and environmental dimensions. Media play an important role in the forming of attitudes toward globalization. Topics being analyzed include the dialectic between nationalism and globalism, global discontents, globality, and media dependency. This is part of the Center for Communication Research project.

Team members: Professor Lee Chin-Chuan, Dr He Zhou, Dr Francis Lee, Dr Mike Yao, Dr. Shen Fei, Dr. Lin Fen.

"ESTABLISHED PLURALISM" AND REPRESENTATION OF NATIONAL INTERESTS IN INTERNAITONAL NEWS

This broad and longitudinal project seeks to compare how foreign policy circles define the agendas for elite press discourses in four western liberal democracies: Australia, Britain, Canada, and the US. Methodologically, these countries form a "most similar design," despite their differences on the degree of press-party parallelism. The researchers will examine how these elite media have framed foreign policy issues in relation to China since 1980, especially during and after the cold war. Supported by RGC Competitive Earmarked Research Grant (CERG).

Team members: Professor Lee Chin-Chuan, Dr Francis Lee.

POLITICAL ECONOMY AND DISCOURSES OF CHINESE MEDIA

This project seeks to analyze the political and economic factors that shape the media ecology in China, as well as press discourses on major issues. Extensive field work has been conducted in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. The study is cast in comparative and historical contexts.

Team members: Professor Lee Chin-Chuan Lee, Dr. He Zhou, Professor Huang Yu (Hong Kong Baptist University).

MEDIA HISTORY AND JOURNALISITC PROFESSIONALISM

Under this project, the Center has sponsored a number of high-impact conferences to explore major issues on media history and the sociology of journalistic professionalism in China. These conferences have resulted in highly acclaimed publications.

Team members: Professor Lee Chin-Chuan, Dr. Shen Fei, Dr. Liang Limin, Dr. Zhang Yong Volz (University of Missouri).