Online activism to be subject of China symposium lecture at UNCA on Sept. 16

Press release

From UNC Asheville News Services:

Guobin Yang, a leading analyst of online activism in China, will present a talk, “Communication and Community in Contemporary China” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16. Yang’s lecture is part of the 3rd annual China Symposium at UNC Asheville, which explores the complexities of contemporary Chinese society.

Yang is an associate professor of communication and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research areas include digital media, political communication, global communication, social movements, cultural sociology and the sociology of China. His books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009), which won best book award from the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association.

The symposium will also feature two lectures by Xudong Zhang, professor of comparative literature and East Asian studies at New York University. Zhang will discuss “The Conundrum of Chinese Identity in the Age of Globalization” at 11:25 a.m. and “The ‘Magic’ as ‘Real’ in Mo Yan’s Fictional Representation of Contemporary China: Reading The Republic of Wine and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out” at 2 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public and take place in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum.

The China Symposium, which also includes special sessions for UNC Asheville faculty and students, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information, visit, or contact Asian Studies Director Surain Subramaniam at 828.232.2409 or


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