China's Contested Internet

The Fudan Centre is proud to present a guest lecture by Professor Yang Guobing, University of Pennsylvania, on the subject of his new book, China's Contested Internet.

About the lecture and the book

Is there a pre-Weibo and post-Weibo era in Chinese Internet history? Are hackerspaces in China the same as in the West? How can the censorship, of an Internet novel end up “producing” it? How is Lu Xun’s passive and ignorant spectator turned into an activist on the Internet? What are the multiple ways of being political online? Such intriguing questions are the subject of this captivating new book. Its ten chapters combine first-hand research with multi-disciplinary perspectives to offer original insights on the fast-changing landscape of the Chinese Internet. Other topics studied include online political consultation, ethnic identity and racial contestation in cyberspace, and the Southern Weekly protest in 2013. In addition, the editor’s introduction highlights the importance of understanding the depth of people’s experiences and institutional practices with a historical sensibility.

Professor Yang is Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of The Power of the Internet.

Tea and coffee will be served.

The event is free and open to all but please sign up through Facebook.