I grew up in China and lived in California during my PhD studies. Before relocating to Singapore, I was a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2004 to 2020.
I work on issues of digital media and social change in relation to labor, class, globalization, and sustainability, especially in the contexts of Asia and the Global South. I have published more than 100 research articles and chapters and 10 books in both English and Chinese including Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition (U of Illinois Press, 2016), World Factory in the Information Age (Guangxi Normal U Press, 2013), and Working-Class Network Society (MIT Press, 2009). My work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
I am an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA) and a recipient of the C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy. I also serve as the President of the Chinese Communication Association (CCA).
In my spare time, I like to swim, meditate, and read about faraway societies – ancient cultures and sci-fi, for instance – that are entertaining and emancipatory.
Communication theories, media and development, political economy of communcation, digital labor
NM1101E Communications, New Media and Society
NM4213 Digital Economies
I am available for supervision.
Over the years, I have supervised and graduated 7 PhDs, and co-supervised more than 20 PhDs.
I have also served as advisor or examiner for visiting post-doc researchers, PhD or research MA students from around the world, e.g. University of Amsterdam, University of Copenhagen, University of Rome, University of Sydney, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Oxford.
I am working on three research projects:
information and communication technologies (ICTs), ICT for development (ICT4D), digital labor, comparative media systems, media in Asia and the Global South
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