As an academic, I’m here to explore and impart knowledge. It’s true that “some of us” are better known for at times “challenging academic-speak”, and I’m here to actually inform — it’s so much better when you head back home at the end of the day with fresh new knowledge.
Updates from Current Academic Involvements
I’m chairing a talk at the University of Westminster on 02 December 2015. This site will provide you with more details shortly.
Main Areas of Academic Research Interest
My main interests are both in social media in China as well as a general overview of China media. The former continues from my media and blogging involvements dating back to late 2007; the latter developed from a side interest to a main interest starting in mid-2014.
▶ Social Media in China
Most of my research deals with the development of social media in the country, as well as a critical look at governing policies. I’ve been observing this since late 2007. My PhD dissertation is closely related to this.
▶ A General Introduction to China Media
This is mainly aimed at an international audience, that I added in mid-2014 after teaching students from over 30 countries about a quick intro to China media. A series of lessons is currently being developed here.
▶ Other Research Interests
I keep asking myself these questions as I explore other topics of interest…
- What are the messages Beijing is sending to the rest of the world?
- How has the political message inside China evolved — in form and in content?
- How are Chinese national railways harnessing social media?
- Is Chinese prime-time TV undergoing visible changes — and if so, how?
- How can we best make sense of the fabric of China’s online population?
Here’s a sample of what I have been writing as of late:
▶ Major differences between Facebook and WeChat applications
▶ The challenges in social media communications brought by WeChat
▶ Challenges of social media and cities
See also the following:
▶ All papers published
▶ All research projects participated
Information about books not directly related to my current main areas of research are found on their own individual pages.
I have actively spoken about my research to both “academic” and “general” audiences.
See more about my academic talks
▶ 05 Feb 2015: Cardiff, Wales
▶ 03 Feb 2015: LSE, London
Research-Related Public Commentary
An academic is part of society like everyone else — and this means adding your own 2p to a public conversation! I often add my input in the form of columns and articles in mainstream media.
- Most comments are about my main topic of research, media (especially social media) in China.
- A number of these are also about China communicating its message to the outside world.
▶ 20 Oct 2015
Talking to the BBC Live at College Green, Central London
Teaching in Universities
I’ve been teaching in one form or the other in universities since 2003, and the core of my teaching shifted to universities beginning in 2012. I am presently Associate Professor at the Communication University of China, but also have been involved in teaching at the University of Westminster.
I have also taught elsewhere in China. These included teaching railway crew, government officials, employees of government-funded companies, as well as the younger generation. These include primary and secondary school children.
Pro Bono Involvements
I try to “un-chain” myself from the classroom or library whenever possible, because I believe that the teaching and learning happens outside university gates as well. See more »
My main pro bono involvement is drafting an entirely new set of railway English standards. These will not only get rid of Chinglish, but bring Chinese railways’ bilingual service “up to speed”. They will use one unified set of standards across all of China.
I also work with the people at city bodies in Beijing tasked with standardising on the use of proper English. At times, I lead “woodpecker trips” into central Beijing to discover, live, cases of Chinglish and to mark it for improvement.