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Chinese Whispers? (Disappearing) Communications in People’s Republic of China
Xuenan Cao - Postdoctoral Associate in East Asian Studies and Lecturer in East Asian Languages & Literatures

Communication in China has been characterized as centralized, censoring, and, with the hyper-technologized dominance in facial recognition technologies, “techno-authoritarian.” This talk presents evidence that disappeared communications and erased messages, although ubiquitous, are often not results of censorship. Records and databases produce noir stories and dystopic narratives about Chinese media cultures. These stories are incomplete because they are skewed towards stored and “verifiable” data. In this talk, I argue that the elite use storage media to preserve knowledge, but meanwhile, they overlook the vital, ephemeral communications which characterized the non-elite experience of knowing.

Nov 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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