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Chinese-language Digital/Social Media in Australia: Rethinking Soft Power

Project Member(s): Sun, W.

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

Start year: 2018

Summary: Chinese-language digital/social media in Australia. This project aims to study the production, content and use of digital/social media by mainland Chinese migrants in Australia. China’s global rise has generated widespread anxiety about its possible use of diasporic Chinese media to influence the world. This project expects to generate a new framework for analysing soft power and propaganda in digital/social media, while also undertaking a major rethinking of the concept of flexible citizenship. The study will produce a more accurate assessment of China’s influence through migrant media in Australia and elsewhere.


Sun, W 2019, 'Chinese-language digital/social media in Australia: double-edged sword in Australia’s public diplomacy agenda', Media International Australia, vol. 173, no. 1, pp. 22-35.
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FOR Codes: Media Studies, Consumption and Everyday Life, The Media, Communication Across Languages and Culture, Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture, Communication, EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE