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: 9

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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China bans streaming video as it struggles to keep up with live content

Streaming video is testing the limits of China's media control. A recent ban affecting three of China’s biggest online platforms aimed at "cleaning up the air in cyberspace" is just the latest government crackdown on user-generated content, and especially live streaming. This edict, issued by China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) [in...

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Beyond the war of words: how might the Australian media's coverage of China affect social cohesion?

The Australian government’s Public Diplomacy Strategy points to the importance of “diaspora diplomacy”. It promises to take steps to “engage diaspora communities drawing on their linguistic skills, social networks and cultural community connections”, by making active use of “online and social media as public diplomacy tools”. Mandarin-speaking migrants now comprise Australia’s largest...

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Shock horror: the big end of town has finally discovered Australia's media is a whitewash

A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on media diversity and a raft of other initiatives show corporate and quasi-government cultural agencies may suddenly have woken up to the fact that Australia’s media are, well, white. It is a generation on from revelations about the lack of diversity in the...

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