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Wanning Sun

University of Technology Sydney

Wanning Sun FAHA is best known for her research in a number of areas, including Chinese media and cultural studies; rural to urban migration and social change in contemporary China; soft power, public diplomacy and diasporic Chinese media. Wanning is the author of three single-authored monographs Leaving China: Media, Migration, and Transnational Imagination (2002), Maid in China: Media, Morality and the Cultural Politics of Boundaries (2009), and Subaltern China: Rural Migrants, Media, and Cultural Practices (2014). She is also the author of a major report Chinese-Language Media in Australia: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities (2016). Wanning is the editor of a few research volumes and anthologies, including Media and the Chinese Diaspora (2006) and Media and Communication in the Chinese Diaspora ( 2016).

Media Articles: 12

Who do Chinese-Australian voters trust for their political news on WeChat?

There are currently about 1.2 million people of Chinese origin in Australia. Approximtely half of them were born in China and speak Mandarin in the home. For those who have come from a one-party state where electoral voting is a foreign concept, figuring out which party to vote for is part of the process of learning how to be citizens in a democratic society. Recent state elections...

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Chinese social media platform WeChat could be a key battleground in the federal election

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley’s “young Asians with PhDs taking our jobs” blunder cost him dearly in the recent NSW state election. His defeat also offered a taste of the crucial role the Chinese social networking platform...

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How Australia’s Mandarin speakers get their news

The question of how much influence the Chinese government wields on the Mandarin-speaking community in Australia has been of increasing interest in recent months. But until now, there has been little data about how the Mandarin-speaking population in Australia accesses news and information. To shed some light on this, my co-investigator (Haiqing Yu) and I conducted an online survey of 522 Mandarin-speaking people living in Australia, as part of the [Chinese-Language Digital/Social Media in Australia: Rethinking Soft...

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Megaphone diplomacy is good for selling papers, but harmful for Australia-China relations

The issue of China’s influence in Australia is complex. It ranges from worries about national security, political donations and media infiltration to concerns about scientific collaborations, Confucius Institutes, the patriotism of Chinese students, and allegiance of the Chinese community. The most recent trope is China’s so-called "debt trap" diplomacy with Australia's neighbours in the Pacific. But there's a...

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After the streaming 'gold rush' – a guide to China's video crackdown

When China’s government banned video streaming on the site AcFun (Site A) in June, little did we know that the days of Bilibili -- its sister site, commonly referred as Site B -- were also numbered. In July, thousands of people woke up to find that the content they had archived on Site B -- mostly TV series and films from the US, UK, Japan and Europe -- had [suddenly...

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