Research Groups

MEDIA AND GLOBALIZATION IN GREATER CHINA

Large-scale representative sample survey undertaken in four mainland Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Chengdu) and two overseas Chinese cites (Hong Kong and Taipei) investigating how people perceive the positive side and negative side of globalization at the levels of the world system, the national system, city, and individual.  Globalization is conceptualized to incorporate political, economic, cultural, and environmental dimensions.  Media play an important role in the forming of attitudes toward globalization.  Topics being analyzed include the dialectic between nationalism and globalism, global discontents, globality, and media dependency.  This is part of the Center for Communication Research (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/ccr) project.

Team members: Professor Lee Chin-Chuan, Dr He Zhou, Dr Francis Lee, Dr Lin Wanying, and Dr Mike Yao.

"ESTABLISHED PLURALISM" AND REPRESENTATION OF NATIONAL INTERESTS IN INTERNAITONAL NEWS

This broad and longitudinal project seeks to compare how foreign policy circles define the agendas for elite press discourses in four western liberal democracies: Australia, Britain, Canada, and the US. Methodologically, these countries form a "most similar design," despite their differences on the degree of press-party parallelism. The researchers will examine how these elite media have framed foreign policy issues in relation to China since 1980, especially during and after the cold war. Supported by RGC Competitive Earmarked Research Grant (CERG).  For details, see http://www.cityu.edu.hk/ccr/research_projects.aspx.

Team members: Professor Lee Chin-Chuan, Dr Francis Lee.

INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY, GLOBAL NETWORKS AND CYBER IDENTITIES IN HONG KONG

The study aims to carry out empirical research by conducting web-based surveys and organizing focus groups that highlight modes of Internet pornography consumption in Hong Kong. The study will make a new contribution to communication studies by measuring the impact of local cultural values on globalized pornographic discourses. The study focuses on how porn consumption is intertwined with culturally specific ways of responding to media and visual culture. It is important to find out how web users in Hong Kong and their pornographic discourses reflect local histories and social-cultural ways of processing media in response to global changes. The study analyzes local data to make specific recommendations for government policies and media education, by responding to new policy documents issued by the HKSAR government and/or Internet Service Providers. Supported by Strategic Research Grant.
Website: http://com.cityu.edu.hk/netporn

Team members: Dr Katrien Jacobs, Dr Lin Wanying, and Dr Mike Yao.

HONG KONG INTERNET PROJECT (HKIP)

This is a longitudinal study of the diffusion, use, and impact of the Internet in Hong Kong, with telephone interviews of 1,000 residents (including both users and nonusers) conducted every year since 2000 (http://newmedia.cityu.edu.hk/hkip). This is also a comparative study with core questions asked by other teams of the Asia-Pacific Internet Research Alliance (APIRA, http://www.apira.org) in mainland China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, and elsewhere, and/or teams of the World Internet Project (WIP, http://worldinternetproject.net).  The study has been funded by two HKRGC Competitive Earmarked Research Grants, a CityU Strategic Research Grant, and CityU Centre for Communication Research.

Team members: Prof. Jonathan Zhu, Dr. He Zhou, and Dr. Peng Taiquan.

WEB MINING LAB

This is an interdisciplinary research unit across communication, computer science, and other science and engineering fields, focusing on the structure, content, and use of social media in Greater China and beyond. Completed and ongoing projects include review of Internet research as a field of social science, longitudinal study of sustainability of social media, hyperlink analysis of topological structure of Chinese web graph, content and effects of social media advertising, sampling methods for social media, computational methods for big social science data, and others (http://weblab.com.cityu.edu.hk/blog/research/). Results of the projects have appeared in more than a dozen major SCI/SSCI journals (http://weblab.com.cityu.edu.hk/blog/publication/). The projects have been funded by two HKRGC GRF grants, an NSFC grant, an industry grant, and two CityU SRG grants (http://weblab.com.cityu.edu.hk/blog/news/).
Website: http://weblab.com.cityu.edu.hk

Team members: Prof. Jonathan Zhu, Prof. Li Xiaoming (Peking University), Prof. Xu Xiaoke (Dalian Nationalities University), Dr. Peng Taiquan (Macau University of Science and Technology), Dr. Xiang Linying (Xiamen University), Zhang Lun (City University of Hong Kong).