Gender, Communication and Sexual Assault in Chinese Media: A Public Controversy

Title: “Gender, Communication and Sexual Assault in Chinese Media: A Public Controversy”

Location: Room 604 in the Asian Centre
Date: February 5th
Time: 2pm to 3:30pm.

Abstract: The research examines the discourses of a public controversy concerning a sexual assault incident, named as “Deng Yujiao Incident”, which aroused enormous interest in Chinese society in 2009. With focusing on the discourses by netizens in internet forums, the research analyzes the unnoticed difference and complexity within the discourses, highlighting the important discourses of some of netizens: condemning the unequal power relations under the background of market which were reflected by the incident, criticizing the economic development at the cost of labor’s subjectivity, and recognizing the protection on the women’s social status in Chairman Mao’s era. These discourses decried intersectional power relations concerning gender during the course of market-orientated transformation in contemporary China in global context, hence constituting multifaceted difference to master narratives such as “abuse of power” in public sphere. These discourses had been shaded to a large extent, and need to be heard today so as to develop a more comprehensively understanding of globalization, to change unequal power relations on women, and to create a community of shared future for mankind.

Bio: Jinying Tang, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Media & Gender Institute at Communication University of China, and currently is a visiting scholar of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Her research interests are women and communication studies. She is the co-author of Biography of Hui Chunru and Zhang Lixi, the first and second president of China Women’s University (2017), and is the editor of Blue Book of Media and Gender: Reports on the Development of Media and Gender in China (2011-2012) (2013) and The Roads of Knowing and Acting: Interviews of Woman professors of Communication University of China (2014).