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Mediating Transnational East Asian Masculinities
One-day Symposium funded by the British Academy
Date: 7 May 2015
Address: RS Boardroom, University of Westminster,
309 Regent Street London W1B 2HW
Convenors: Derek Hird (University of Westminster) and Geng Song (University of Hong Kong)
Co-hosted by the China Media Centre and the Contemporary China Centre at The University of Westminster, London
East Asian men are becoming increasingly visible in mediated forms around the world, in films, and broadcast, print, online and social media. East Asian countries’ growing participation in translocal and global circulations of people, images, ideas, goods and finance have resulted in East Asian masculinities assuming more important roles in imaginaries of masculinities. This symposium will explore media depictions of East Asian masculinities in transnational perspective, to better illuminate the ways in which they reveal the effects of transnational sociocultural, political and economic trends and transformations, and how they influence perspectives and practices of masculinities in local and global contexts. Read more
China Media Centre 2015 Winter Seminar
A JOURNEY TO THE WEST
Speaker: Mr Shirong Chen
Date: Wednesday 14th January 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30 pm
Venue: A7.1, Harrow Campus
Chair: Professor Hugo de Burgh
OPEN TO ALL
A visiting scholar from China embarked on a year-long personal journey to England to learn new education technologies that he intended to take back with him. He ended up working for more than a decade as a journalist/editor for the BBC, one of the biggest and most influential media organisations in the world. Now he has turned his energy to China Report, a news magazine he publishes in conjunction with China News Service, one of the two main news agencies in China. The magazine is dedicated to promoting understanding between China and Western Europe. Shirong Chen’s personal journey takes place against the backdrop of a changing and increasingly powerful China, He started his journey almost like Wukong in the legendary Story of the Monkey, overcoming many tests and challenges to get to China’s west for the original Buddhist Sutras. But the journey has turned out to be a lasting quest for journalistic wisdom and skills to stay ahead of the new media wave.
Shanghai Media Group, a leading Chinese communications corporation, sent a delegation of 15 young TV producers and directors to us to learn more about the creative process. Under our guidance they developed four potential programme formats. One proved to be a big weekend entertainment hit, generating enormous advertising revenue for SMG.
In the past, programme development in China was haphazard: there was no system, no structure and no established process to develop an idea into a programme, much less maximise the success of a new format. Shanghai Media Group (SMG) had heard about UK producers and understood that development – turning an idea into a format – was an established practice in the UK. SMG wanted to learn the techniques to control and shape an idea to highlight its strengths, eliminate flaws and maximise the creativity of the team developing the idea.
They tasked the China Media Centre (CMC) with creating a mentoring course that offered both a strategic outlook and practical production techniques, but above all one that taught the members how to develop successful ideas. Read more
The Party Secretary of SMG, Wang Jianjun made a speech praising the China media Centre of the University of Westminster for its major contribution to SMG’s development and growth. Ms Wang was speaking at the Feedback Conference on 31 October where television producers who had recently attended Television Programme Innovation and New Media in the UK reported back to several hundred of their peers and leaders. Also congratulating CMC and the UW was Mr Huang Weimao, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Office of Foreign Expertise, in a speech in which he made many references to the special position of the UW in China as the adviser and consultant to media. Six teams of producers presented what they had achieved in London, illustrating copiously and the Team Leader. Showed a short film about their life in London. Team members made many references to individual instructors on the CMC course and the Director and Senior Research Fellow Zeng Rong were clapped and cheered, accepting on behalf of all CMC staff and instructors the appreciation and thanks of the SMG producers.
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SOCIAL MEDIA AND CHINA IN THE PAST DECADE
Speaker: Dr David Feng
Date: Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: A6.08, Harrow Campus
Chair:Dr Paul Dwyer
OPEN TO ALL
This talk covers China’s social media development over the past decade in general, and in the past few years in particular. Dr Feng has long been actively involved with social media in China: his presentation combines personal experience and the reasons behind the phenomenon with a more inter-disciplinary approach. The talk examines the blogging community in China as well as the use of Twitter, Facebook, WeChat and Weibo there and the attitudes to social media of the administrations of Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping. It also covers key “social mediated” events including the CCTV headquarters fire, the Wenzhou high-speed rail crash and the rise and fall of “big Vs” (prominent social media users with verified accounts). It further discusses what might be next for social media in a country in which the idea of the government being mere keystrokes away was alien just a few years ago.