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Kristin Shi-Kupfer

Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
Beyond influencing? Analyzing Chinese-language media and their potential impact on the Chinese diaspora in France (Paris)
01 February 2020 -
31 March 2020
Political science

Kristin Shi-Kupfer has a PhD in Political Science, she is director of the Research Area on Public Policy and Society, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Berlin. She is also a member of several expert groups : the German Commission for Justice and Peace (the German Bishops' Conference and Central Committee of German Catholics), Sino-German cooperation on digital business models (Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy), and on rethinking Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy (Foreign Office)

In January 2020, she joins the RFIEA Chinese Studies Program.

Research topics

Digital China, domestic China, viewpoints and debates of Chinese public intellectuals and influencers.

Beyond influencing? Analyzing Chinese-language media and their potential impact on the Chinese diaspora in France (Paris)

The efforts of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to propagate their “facts” and narratives as well as shaping the public, mostly English-speaking discourse on China in Europe has been well documented: Besides expanding their own flagship media, also on Western social media platforms, they also invest in foreign companies and foster cooperation agreements.
Less well understood is whether, and if so, how this corresponds the Chinese-language media in Europe, mainly targeting Chinese communities. Stories told by official Chinese language media likely compete with non-official Chinese language media within European societies, either as part of European media (i.e. the Chinese website of Radio France International), media founded / operated in Europe (i.e. Nouvelles d'Europe as part of the Guanghua Culture and Media group in Paris), social media platforms or public accounts, also operated by the Chinese community or by individuals in one society.
This research project aims to shed more light onto the question of what kind of objectives, strategies and tools different types of Chinese-language media utilize, whether modes of mutual interaction can be identified and what kind of impact they have on the Chinese diaspora community. France (Paris) is a very important and valuable case study as it is home to the largest Chinese community in Europe.
The envisioned outcome of this investigation is to provide an understanding of the objectives, strategies and tools of various Chinese language media in France and their impact on the Chinese diaspora.
On a broader level, the project also hopes to contribute to the question of how European societies should/could approach their Chinese diasporas, especially in times of (increasing) tension with Official China.

Contemporary period (1789-…)
World or no region