Yingzi Wang

Yingzi Wang

Participant in 2015
Work history None
Study history PhD in Media and Cultural Analysis, 2015-present
Loughborough University - Loughborough, UK;

MA in Media and Cultural Analysis, 2012-2013
Loughborough University - Loughborough, UK;

MA in Theory of Literature and Art, 2009-2012
Nanjing University - Nanjing, Jiangsu, China;

BA in Literature of Theatre Movie and Television, 2005-2009
Nanjing Normal University – Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.
Publications Wang, Y. (2011). Tiaotuo zhixu: you “Tiaochu wo tiandi” kan xiandai wenhua de maodun (Breaking the order: reviewing on the contradiction of modernity, based on “Billy Eliot”. Dianying pingjie (Movie Review), 17, 55-57.

Phd Projects

2016

Chinese television between propaganda and entertainment, 1992-2016

This project aims to examine the role of Chinese television in facilitating Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda work in an era of profound changes in the Chinese media industry. Since the economic reform in 1978, the introduction of market economy into the Chinese media system has posed a challenge to the Party’s monolithic ideological control over the media sector. Chinese television has ceased to be merely a propaganda tool, and also became a cultural industry that has to find a balance between obeying state power and listening to producers’ creative needs and audience preferences. As a result, Chinese television has become increasingly driven by ratings, and has stepped up its production of popular entertainment, including serial fiction, while seemingly limiting the range of explicitly propagandist programming.
With this context in mind, this project sets out to explore how the party-state continues to use television, especially popular formats, to carry out its propaganda work. To start with, the project will seek to identify the content of Party propaganda in popular formats, and identify key changes over time. In the second step, the project will explore how this content is shaped by the changing political, economic and social contexts in modern China after 1992.
Empirically, this project will focus on prime-time serial dramas broadcast on the central and provincial television channels from 1992 to 2016, with a special focus on those garnering Feitian Awards, the Chinese government awards for serial drama. Serial TV fiction provides a particularly apposite object for an investigation interested in examining the relationship between propaganda and entertainment on contemporary Chinese TV: on the one hand, serial drama is a widely popular form of entertainment amongst Chinese audiences, and on the other hand, this genre is also treated by the Party as an important tool of ideological persuasion.
The analytical methods adopted by this project will combine quantitative analysis and qualitative case studies. A quantitative content analysis of all serial dramas broadcast between 1992 and 2016 will be conducted, with the aim to establish how the narrative plots have changed over time, and how these changes relate to different political, economic and social contexts. In-depth case studies of selected dramas will be conducted to establish an in-depth understanding of the relationship between particular narrative plots and the Party agenda. These will also be contextualised with the help of basic information about the production context and audience reception.

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