China's Media in the Emerging World Order

Fellowship Event

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The New Club, Edinburgh

RSA Fellows' MCICH Network Event with Professor Hugo de Burgh, Westminster School of Media and Communication. Generously supported by the Confucius Institute, Heriot-Watt University.

Professor Hugo de Burgh, Westminster School of Media and Communication, also holds a Professorship at Tsinghua University under the Chinese Ministry of Education's 985 programme for bringing 'key knowledge and talents' to China. He is International Dean in the School of International Journalism at Xinan University of Policy & Legislation and Honorary Professor of Shandong University. In addition to these leading Chinese academic institutions, he has close working relationships with Fudan University, with whom he set up the first International Media Academic Exchange in 1997, and China Communications University, where a Research Summer School is held each year.

As author of "China's Media in the Emerging World Order" he will address a number of issues including:

- What China’s media tell us about how Chinese society is developing?

- Weirdo Says (a chat show for millennials in which not only are controversial topics battled over, but where rhetoric and debating skills count)

- Cui Yongyuan’s blog (covering hypocrisy in government pronouncements and using investigative journalism to uncover dealings)

- the fact that China produces more TV drama than any other country - but not about emperors and courtesans, the most popular series being All’s Well! and Good Husbands exposing tensions between profound responsibility and modern living.

- The challenges of governance as wonderfully revealed by China’s Trollope, the writer of Civil Service Diary, a ten volume novel about the rise from obscurity of a young official.

Hugo de Burgh will introduce examples from Internet platforms as well as offline media in discussing what China’s media today tell us about how modern Chinese think and feel.

 

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