Western Populism through the prism of Chinese Public Opinion

When and Where

  • 19/12/2016
    7:00 pm

  • The Bridge Cafe
    Rm 8, Bldg 12, Chengfu Lu
    (get map)

Western Populism through the prism of Chinese Public Opinion

Event Details

Dear ThinkIN China friends we are glad to announce our next event that will close Fall Season 2016:

MA Tianjie, writer behind the Chublic Opinion, a blog about public opinion with Chinese characteristics.

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is not only a watershed event in American politics. It also stirs up intensive debates in the Chinese cyberspace, exposing fault lines that run deep in online communities today.
Why would educated and intellectually curious Chinese netizens find Donald Trump appealing to them? Why do people sitting in comfortable apartments in Beijing become so agitated by Europe’s embracing of Syrian refugees? And why would a society that has barely lifted itself from poverty become so impatient with liberal ideas of taking care of the poor?

To answer these questions, one needs to understand who is influencing Chinese public opinion on these issues, what has shaped the public’s views over time, and why certain ideas “stick” while others don’t.

The emergence of social media platforms such as Weibo and WeChat in recent years has revolutionized the political discourse in China. The once one-way-street of information dissemination from the state has become a crowded and noisy street market of competing ideas.

As much as these platforms “democratize” the online space, they also shatter longtime “consensuses” and realign social values, for better or for worse. The implications of this new landscape for social governance, policy making and international relationships merit exploration.
Join us for a new exciting night of discussion and networking at the Bridge Cafe in Wudaokou!

Advanced registration is not required for this event, but please do come in advance in order to get a seat.

Looking forward to seeing you!


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