Although often described with foreboding buzzwords such as “The Great Firewall” and the “censorship regime,” media regulation in China is rarely either obvious or straightforward. Join media scholars Ying Zhu, author of Two Billion Eyes, a newly published book on Chinese television, and Jason Q. Ng, author of Blocked on Weibo, a newly published book on the most important social media Website in China, as they explore the intricacies of how and why Chinese authorities regulate media—as well as how they enlist journalists, companies, and citizens in the task. The event will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 30 in Room C197 of The Graduate Center, CUNY at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public, and you can RSVP online.

Dr. Ying Zhu is a professor and Chair of the Department of Media Culture at CSI. She has published eight books, including Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television (New Press, 2012). A leading scholar on Chinese cinema and media studies, her writings have appeared in major academic journals and publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Jason Q. Ng is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and author of Blocked on Weibo, a book on Chinese social media. He is also a research consultant at China Digital Times. His research and translations have been featured in publications like Le Monde,, Foreign Affairs, Shanghaiist, and The Huffington Post. He studied at the University of Pittsburgh and Brown University.

This event is cosponsored by the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, and the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY. More information is available online.