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New Book on Pop Culture & Democracy in Modern China

Jingsi Christina Wu, PhD, a media studies professor in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, has published her first book, Entertainment and Politics in Contemporary China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). 

The book examines the role of entertainment in 21st century China, particularly how the rise of reality television, drama series, and social media have influenced political life.  Dr. Wu argues that the country’s popular culture has contributed to the growth of democratic values such as active citizenship and the building of a civil society.

Dr. Wu is an award-winning media studies scholar who is published in some of the field’s most prestigious journals.  Most recently, she presented her research from Entertainment and Politics in Contemporary China at the International Communication Association pre-conference on normative theory in communication research in May 2017.

At the Herbert School, Dr. Wu teaches courses on media literacy; global media and news systems; mass media, politics, and policy making; and social media, technology, and policy.

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