IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on
Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia


This Special Section on Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia brings together nine original articles (plus an editorial introduction) on work looking at the interaction of media and digital technologies, policy and governance, and evolving cultures and politics in the Asian region. It is guest-edited by Emma Baulch (Monash University Malaysia), Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology), and Luzhou Li (Monash University). Contributors are from eight countries throughout Asia and the Pacific, and all are concerned with developing a regional perspective on digital platform governance that is grounded in the Asian context.


This Special Section focuses on a wide range of topics including: digital media use for civic engagement; the crisis of trust and combating online misinformation; ICT access in the face of structural inequalities based on class and gender; the global expansion of Chinese digital platforms; the changing Chinese television production industry; and the interaction between laws, policy and corporate action in evolving platform governance. 


These studies provide an important Asian regional perspective on global digital communication issues. They are focused on the current conjuncture where digital platforms are increasingly the subject of nation-state regulation, ICT industries are caught up in geopolitical conflicts and trade wars, concerns exist about the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, and digital media are central to new forms of political and social movement activism.


We invite you to read this new Special Section of 10 articles in the International Journal of Communication that published Saturday, September 14, 2019. Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking to these articles.



The Shifting Institutional Bases of Digital Asia Studies: Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia — Introduction

Emma Baulch, Terry Flew, Luzhou Li


Truth, Not Fear: Countering False Information in a Conflict

Abdul Rohman, Peng Hwa Ang 


Opinion Leadership, Media Use, and Environmental Engagement in China
Marko M. Skoric, Nan Zhang


A Digital Empire in the Making: China’s Outbound Digital Platforms

Michael Keane, Haiqing Yu


Toward Fragmented Platform Governance in China: Through the Lens of Alibaba and the Legal-Judicial System
Yu Hong, Jian Xu


Motivation and Trust: How Dual Screening Influences Offline Civic Engagement Among Taiwanese Internet Users

Trisha T. C. Lin


Communicative Assemblages of the Pisonet and the Translocal Context of ICT
for the “Have-less”: Innovation, Inclusion, Stratification

Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano


“We Connect With People Through Stories”: Gender and Affective Labor in Mumblogging

Julian Hopkins


“I’d Rather Be the Ferryman in the Gold Rush”: The Television Drama Production Industry in Post-2008 China

Luzhou Li


The Crisis of Digital Trust in the Asia-Pacific — Commentary

Terry Flew


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Arlene Luck

Managing Editor


Emma Baulch, Terry Flew, Luzhou Li

Guest Editors