Jian Xu

Jian Xu
Deakin University · School of Communication and Creative Arts

Doctor of Media and Communication

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Introduction
Dr Jian Xu is a Senior Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts and a member of ADI, Deakin University. He researches Chinese media and communication with a particular interest in the sociology and politics of digital media. His research interests include digital activism, internet governance, digital youth cultures and celebrity studies. His website: www.jianxu1.com
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February 2017 - December 2020
Deakin University
Position
  • Senior Lecturer
Education
March 2009 - November 2013
UNSW Sydney
Field of study
  • Media and Communication

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Publications (31)
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Using the governance of social eating (chibo) influencers as a case study, this article demonstrates the policies, practices, discourses, and politics of China's state‐centric model of influencer governance. We argue that influencers in China are in a relatively precarious position due to various regulations and restrictions imposed upon them by th...
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The chapter examines the governance of the algorithmic distribution of news in China through a case study of Jinri Toutiao, the most popular news aggregation application in China. We argue that the rationales, strategies and politics of the Chinese Communist Party’s governance of algorithmic news are not historically novel, and are greatly influenc...
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The special issue, “Chinese Platforms and Entrepreneurial Labour,” examines entrepreneurial labor and its relationship with the platformization of Chinese society and economy. The introduction to the special issue sums up three key issues pertinent to the broad field of platform entrepreneurial labor: class, power, and gender. It also contextualize...
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The article outlines key regulatory and governing issues and actions in China's internet and digital media in the first decade under the leadership of Xi Jinping. It argues that both the domestic and global dimensions are equally crucial to understanding China's internet regulation and governance in the Xi era. It further argues that the two interr...
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This article studies the governance of 'cyber historical nihilism' in China. By performing document analysis of the regulatory policies and actions against cyber historical nihilism, we found that cyber historical nihilism is mainly governed as harmful 'online content' and a threatening 'ideological trend', and its governance has incorporated agenc...
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What is celebrity, what does celebrity do and why does the study of celebrity matter? This paper answers these questions and illustrates the value that research on celebrity in mainland China can add to the broader field of celebrity studies. It first reviews the key issues in celebrity studies with reference to the dedicated journal Celebrity Stud...
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The article examines the vlogging practices of Chinese international students during the COVID-19 pandemic and their positive roles in coping with the double bind. By doing thematic analysis of the content of vlog videos generated by Chinese international students on both Chinese and English audio-visual platforms, we identify three overarching the...
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Xu, J., Huang, D., & Zhang, H (2021). ‘Internet philanthropy as China’s ‘digital solution’ to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Policies, practices, politics and critique’, in Yusha’u, M and Servaes, J (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of International Communication and Sustainable Development, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 371-391.
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Crisis communication is essential to the political stability and legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but how crises are managed in China is little understood. This paper aims to pursue this question through a case study of China's smog crisis since 2013-a regular recurring crisis that confronts the population and the Chinese government...
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This article examines the practices, policies and politics of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) governance of entertainment celebrities from 2005 to 2020. We identify and critically analyse four principle governing approaches with related examples: ‘banning celebrities’, ‘governing through professional associations, laws and notices’, ‘platform...
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During the recent outbreak of coronavirus, the concern about proliferation of misleading information, rumours and myths has caused governments across the world to institute various interventionist steps to stem their flow. Each government has had to balance the dichotomy between freedom of expression and people’s right to be safe from the adverse i...
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This chapter explores China's most popular dating app ‘Momo' and its impact on young adult sexuality. It examines three interrelated questions at three different levels: First, at the macro level, in what social situations and institutions were mobile dating apps such as Momo invented in China? Second, at the meso level, if we consider Momo as a co...
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This chapter discusses the cultural-political origins, characteristics, major platforms and political implications of online weiguan. It argues that online weiguan has not only created an alternative and activist form of political participation for ordinary Chinese to address social injustice, defend human rights and supervise political power, but...
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This chapter explores the e'gao phenomenon as a networked digital leisure practice. It argues for a rethinking of the de facto 'democratic ethos' of popular practices, and questions both the 'repressive hypothesis' (with the state as the culprit of media censorship of popular discourse, including e'gao) and the 'empowerment hypothesis' (with the Ch...
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Hanmai 喊麥, literally “shouting [at] a microphone,” first came to public attention and scrutiny as a distinct sound gaining both popularity and notoriety in 2015, when livestreaming platforms such as YY (which launched as a voice chat client in 2008) were growing exponentially. Contemporary hanmai is therefore predominantly associated with livestrea...
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This chapter traces the trajectory of how the Chinese government frames cybersecurity by examining the evolution of official cybersecurity discourse over the past two decades. To understand this discursive evolution and the social power dynamics that have been shaping the change, the chapter presents content analysis and critical discourse analysis...
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The chapter studies China’s representative female wanghong (Internet celebrities) in the last two decades. By examining their ‘gender performativity’ for fame and stardom on different digital media platforms, from BBS, blog, social media site to live-streaming platform, as well as the social-cultural-political implications of their performativity,...
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In December 2013, the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Ministry of Education jointly announced a nationwide ‘joint model’ between state propaganda departments and journalism schools in higher education institutions, signalling a new era for China’s journalism education. The ‘joint model’ ca...
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Many cities around the world are increasingly embedding technological infrastructure in urban spaces. These infrastructures aim to collect vast amounts of data from citizens with an apparent purpose of improving public services. This article discusses privacy concerns generated by China's nationwide smart city campaign and further investigates why...
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This paper examines the nexus of coal–government–society relations in present-day China using a governmentality approach to explore the interactions between policy change, “crisis” management and social action. It outlines the noticeable shift in government rationalities and communication regarding the coal industry in recent years. It then frames...
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This book brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to address critical perspectives on Chinese language social media, internationalizing the state of social media studies beyond the Anglophone paradigm. The collection focuses on the intersections between Chinese language social media and disability, celebrity, sexuality, interpersonal...
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This chapter looks at social media in China through the online activities of the OPO to explore issues of disability and Chinese language social media. This topic is often overlooked in the current disability studies and social media literature, particularly in an English language context. As such, this chapter aims to outline the research availabl...
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This paper provides the first detailed study of the links between celebrity-fan communication networks and philanthropy in the People’s Republic of China. It explains how the evolution of the Chinese Internet, and especially the rise of social media, has created new spaces in which fans of entertainment celebrities may be induced to engage with phi...
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This book is among the first to use a "media events" framework to examine China's Internet activism and politics, and the first study of the transformation of China's media events through the parameter of online activism. The author identifies the major modes of online activism in China (shanzhai [culture jamming]; citizen journalism; and weiguan [...
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This article studies shanzhai media culture, a specific type of shanzhai culture that copycats the most-watched shows of China Central Television (CCTV) with a sense of satire and play. The article discusses why CCTV has become a popular target of shanzhai, how CCTV?s brand shows are shanzhai-ed and what are the political implications of shanzhaing...

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This project is jointedly sponsored by Academy of Social Sciences Australia and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to investigate how the Internet in China will reshape the power relation of the global internet governance.