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The role of lifestyle television in transforming culture, citizenship and selfhood: Australia, China, Taiwan, Singapore and India

Funding: 2010: $21,469
2011: $25,000
2012: $10,000
2013: $6,000

Project Member(s): Sun, W.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2010

Summary: Television now reaches 97% of the population in China and Indian TV is among the world's fastest growing industries. Despite its dominance as a media form in our region, in Australia we know little about the social and cultural dimensions of television in Asia. By researching lifestyle TV - a genre concerned with promoting new forms of lifestyle and consumption - this project will help us comprehend the shifting cultural, economic and social dynamics of our region, contributing to Research Priority 4. Through engagement with Asian cultures and scholarship, it will also help position Australian media research as relevant both regionally and internationally and will help to inform Australian TV producers of new developments in the region.


Sun, W 2018, 'My health is my own business': Privatization, inequality and discourses of health in post-Mao China', International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 21, no. 2.

Lewis, T, Martin, F & Sun, W 2016, Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia, Duke University Press, USA.

Sun, W 2016, 'Mediatization of yangsheng: The political and cultural economy of health education through media in China' in Martin, F & Lewis, T (eds), Lifestyle Media in Asia Consumption, Aspiration and Identity, Routledge, New York, pp. 67-81.
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Sun, W 2016, 'The Greying of Greenspeak? Environmental Issues, Media Discourses, and Consumer Practices in China' in Lewis, T (ed), Green Asia Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles and Ethical Consumption, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 99-113.

Sun, W 2015, 'Teaching People How to Live: Shenghuo Programs on Chinese Television' in Bai, R & Song, G (eds), Chinese Television in the Twenty-First Century, Routledge, London, pp. 17-32.

Sun, W 2015, 'Cultivating self-health subjects: Yangsheng and biocitizenship in urban China', Citizenship Studies, vol. 19, no. 3-4, pp. 285-298.
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Sun, W 2015, 'From Poisonous Weeds to Endangered Species: Shenghuo TV, Media Ecology and Stability Maintenance', Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 17-37.

Sun, W & Hassid, J 2015, 'Stability Maintenance and Chinese Media: Beyond Political Communication?', Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 3-15.

FOR Codes: Film, Television and Digital Media, Screen and Media Culture, The Media