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Welcome to the Digital China: From Cultural Presence To Innovative Nation, 2017-2019 Australian Research Council Discovery Project

While China claims to have the world’s oldest continuous civilisation, its economic influence on the global stage far exceeds its cultural cachet (aka soft power), much to the consternation of government officials and millions of patriotic citizens on the mainland. Millions of people living outside the mainland of Chinese heritage are equally patriotic, identifying with the much heralded national ‘rejuvenation’, known as the Chinese Dream. Over the past decade the government has assisted Chinese culture to go global. Despite this assistance, global consumption of culture remains dominated by powerful Western transnational companies, by western stories and by Hollywood studios. 

Enter China’s digital platforms. Can commercial internet and technology companies succeed in this national quest for rejuvenation and recognition as an innovative nation? With the unveiling in 2015 of a policy blueprint called Internet+, companies like Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Wanda were given a new license to internationalise, and potentially more freedom to work with foreign partners. How are these new relationships reshaping the global media industries and their digital presence?

THE COMMUNITY

Over a period of time we will publish our findings on this website through commentary as well as published work. We encourage people who are interested in our ideas to communicate with us in a collegiate manner via our Digital Asia Digital Australia (DADA) Research Alliance space.

THE LEAD TEAM

Michael Keane (Curtin University)
Brian Yecies (University of Wollongong)
Haiqing Yu (RMIT University)
Susan Leong (Curtin University)
Elaine Zhao (University of New South Wales)

Michael Keane

Michael Keane

Prof Michael Keane is currently a research professor of Chinese Media in the Department of Internet Studies in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. He…

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Brian Yecies

Brian Yecies

Dr Brian Yecies is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong. He researches and teaches on transnational film and digital media with an emphasis on…

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Haiqing Yu

Haiqing Yu

Dr. Haiqing Yu is Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University. Haiqing’s research covers two broad areas: media and communication studies;…

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Elaine Zhao

Elaine Zhao

Elaine Zhao is currently a Lecturer at the School of the Arts and Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. She is an…

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Susan Leong

Susan Leong

Chief Investigator

Dr Susan Leong is currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Communication, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. She is an emerging scholar in the field of…

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Anthony Fung

Anthony Fung

Prof Anthony Fung is currently the Director of the School of Journalism and Communication. He oversees the entire School’s research agenda and faculty profile. Before he was the Director, he…

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Yahong Li

Yahong Li

Yahong Li is an Associate Professor and Director of LLM Program in IP/IT at Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong

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Jie (Jack) Yang

Jie (Jack) Yang

Dr. Jie (Jack) Yang is the project's Big Data tech guru. He has extensive experience in machine learning and cloud computing. Jie completed his MA from Huazhong University of Science…

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Huan (Jane) Wu

Huan (Jane) Wu

Huan Wu is currently a research assistant in the Digital China Lab at Curtin University. Her research interests include Digital Media and China's Ageing Population and the creative industries.

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Weijie Huang

Weijie Huang is a Ph.D. Candidate at Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. She received the 2017-2018 Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award and is currently studying…

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JIN Yuanpu

JIN Yuanpu

JIN Yuanpu is professor and doctoral student supervisor of the School of Liberal Arts, Renmin University of China. He is also the director of Research Center for Cultural Creative Industries…

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