Xuenan Cao is a scholar of Chinese media cultures and literature. She got her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2021. During her doctoral training, she has published in peer-reviewed journals in fields as varied as humanistic sociology, literature, translation studies, and China studies. She has also written in Chinese on topics ranging from digital writing and comparative philosophy, to the history of science and environmental issues.
EAST 418, EALL 218
Chinese Media and Popular Culture
This course aims to examine stories we tell ourselves about China. How do popular fictions, films, search engines, and social media shape the concept of China? What are the social, technological, political, and economic contexts of Chinese media and communication systems? Why do the U. S. media produce either a “sunshine” or a “noir” version of the Chinese state? How do international politics influence the transnational circulation of cultural products from China? As a broad, accessible course on contemporary China (1979-), this course introduces salient themes in the studies of the political economy of Chinese popular culture.