The fourth cycle of the CHERN Online Series concludes on June 16th with a Distinguished Lecture on Global China by Prof. Sun Wanning from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
Digital Chinese Diaspora: The Emergence of a New Transnational Subject
This presentation discusses the role of Chinese-language digital and networked communication in shaping the subject positions of individuals in diaspora. Against the geopolitical backdrop of a looming new Cold War between China and the global West, Professor Sun asks how Mandarin-speaking migrants across the globe live out the tension between the need to express their sense of identity with the motherland, and the need to assert their rights as citizens in their adopted country of residence. Through the prism of the production and use of Chinese-language digital/social media in Europe, North America and Australia, and taking a globally comparative perspective, this presentation points to the need to rethink Chinese transnationalism.
Wanning Sun is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is currently a member of the College of Experts (2020-2022) of the Australian Research Council. A fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities since 2016, she has worked in the area of cultural anthropology of migration for more than two decades. Wanning has spearheaded global diasporic Chinese-language media as a distinct area of research, with the publication of her first book, Leaving China: Media, Migration, and Transnational Imagination (2002), and three edited Routledge volumes on this topic: Media and the Chinese Diaspora: Community, Communications and Commerce (2006), Media and Communication in the Chinese Diaspora: Rethinking Transnationalism (2016, with John Sinclair), and the recently published WeChat and the Chinese Diaspora (2022, with Haiqing Yu).