Media commercialization, which accelerated in the 1990s, has been the primary engine driving change in China’s media, and has given rise to a group of professional newspapers and magazines, including Southern Weekend, Southern Metropolis Daily and Caijing. Through in-depth reporting and commentary on current affairs, these media have championed universal values in China. Today, however, the forward progress of professional media and the universal values they espouse is being challenged by the rise of a “new nationalism” in China.
LECTURE: “Fighting the Undertow of China’s ‘New Nationalism'”
SPEAKER: Xiao Shu (Chen Min), columnist for Southern Weekend
WHEN: October 13, 2008 (Monday), 5:30pm – 7:00pm
WHERE: Foundation Chamber, Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong
The lecture will be given in Mandarin, no interpretation provided.
About the Speaker:
Chen Min, best known for his work under the penname Xiao Shu, worked for nearly two decades as an academic historian before entering China’s media. He served for several years as managing editor of China Reform magazine before joining the editorial page at Southern Weekend in 2005. He is the author of several books, including The Truth About Liu Wencai.