This lecture applies quantitative text analytics and interpretive discourse analysis to map out the content structure and discursive pattern of three popular WeChat Official Accounts in Australia. Arguably this is the first project that conducts empirical studies on the content of Chinese-language diaspora media in Australia, with the aim of scoping the extent to which Chinese migrants are exposed to Beijing’s authoritarian influence via digital channels of communication.
Titus C. Chen (Ph.D., UC-Irvine) is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. Dr. Chen specialises in Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian international relations & regionalism, text analytics, and digital discourse analysis. Currently Dr. Chen is carrying out two research projects, one examines the Chinese government’s thought engineering campaigns through information and communication technology, and the other inquires into the discursive and practical patterns of China’s authoritarian human rights politics.