Behind China’s Media Convergence Campaign

By Dan WANG, Ph.D Candidate, Hong Kong Baptist University. Media convergence has been proposed and reinforced by the central government since 2014. So far, most newspaper organizations at all political levels have acted upon the call by equippin

Smile! You’re on camera

By Tony Hong, PhD Candidate from the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, UNNC. I had a strange request asked of me a few days ago while working in my office – “You need to watch this guy! He’s hilarious!” Expecting to see a short humorous video, I was instead treated to some guy attempting to …

China’s Expanding Mobile Cyberspace – Endless Disruption Opportunities

By Gary Zhenyuan, SCCS Summer School Participant. The daily life of Chinese citizens is significantly more convenient today, thanks to the integration of mobile internet into key activities. In 2011, China had 513 million internet users. Within 5 years, Chinese outbound international bandwidth rose from 1.39M Mbps to 3.78M Mbps – this is an incredible …

China’s Internet, the spread of Information

By Joshua Gardiner, Participant in SCCS Summer school. One of the first things a westerner will notice as they enter China is the increasing number of ‘error’ messages encountered when surfing the web. At first it may seem like an accidental problem with one’s chosen device ­ yet this could not be further from the …

The Economy and Internet

By Tony Hong, PhD Student from the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies UNNC. Recently, the proxy that I use has been struggling to access Google. The inconvenience of being unable to access my preferred internet sites, or my cloud drives, led me to begin messaging my friends who use proxies to ask whether they were …

The rising internet+ economy in China

By Dr. Youqing Fan Assistant Professor, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo With the technological innovations, the mobile internet based economy started to demonstrate its huge potential in changing people’s life and business models. The rise of China’s new rich does not only provide fertile soil for internet+ based entrepreneurs, but also …

E’gao: Online parody as political commentary

By Gareth Shaw, PhD Candidate in Contemporary Chinese Studies, The University of Nottingham, UK. China’s regulatory environment has spawned a culture of online jokes and entertainment known as 恶搞 (e’gao), which often spoof political activity and

Reading the writing on the wall – Recent developments in the study of Chinese Social Media

By Christian Shepherd, Studying an MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Chinese social media is both a blessing and a curse for Contemporary Chinese Studies’ research. The potential is obvious: over half of Chinese internet users are micro-bloggers and internet penetration has reached the 40th percentile, but the pitfalls …

Chinese Connections: Communication and Complexity

By Shipra Khanna, Studying International Media and Communications Studies with Chinese at the University of Nottingham UK. As a student of International Media at the University of Nottingham UK, I have continually been intrigued by China and it’s censorship upon social media and communication. I have always had the opinion that indeed restriction and censorship …