Xing Wang

Guide to Relationships: The Emotion Economy of Chinese Dating Shows

Xing is a doctoral research student at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries. A former financial journalist, she is interested in the political economy of creative industries, media productions, reality television and emotional cultures.

Prior to her research at Loughborough University London, Xing studied an MA and BA within the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University, Beijing. 

PhD research description

In her thesis, Xing discusses the emotional economy of Chinese dating shows based on three cases and practices of media produtions through lense of critical discourse analysis and ethnography.

PhD supervisors

Xing's PhD is supervised by Professor Jo Tacchi

Papers, publications and articles

  • Professionalising Romance: Imagined Couples in Chinese reality dating show”, Working Paper Presented at the “Imagining ‘We’ in the Time of I: Romance and Social Bonding in Contemporary Culture” Study Day held by Warwick University, March 2019. 
  • The Emotion Economy Of Chinese Dating Shows”, Presentation Presented at the Doctoral Workshop on Media and Creative Industries held by Global Media Studies Network at Loughborough University London, June 2018. 
  • In The Search For Mr. Right: Matchmaking Myth Of Chinese Dating Shows”, Working Paper Presented at International Workshop on Love and Inequality, Xiamen University, November 2017.
  • How Neoliberal Self Encounters Marriage: Transformation of Chinese Dating Shows”, Presentation Presented at the Discourses on Marriage Symposium, Liverpool University, June 2017.
  • When Music Meets the Reality TV: A Chinese Perspective”, Working Paper Presented at the Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School, Beijing, China. The Chinese version is included by CNKI, August 2015. 
  • Gazing Tourist: A Cultural Analysis of Chinese Tourists in Japan”, Presentation Presented at the Exchange Summer School held by Kyoto University, July 2015.
  • How Traditional Media Make Voice Heard in Social Media: A Content Analysis of the Weibo of People’s Daily” , Paper Won the Second Prize in the 2015 Outstanding Thesis Competitions organised by

Interests and activities

Xing's interests are volleyball, cooking and reading. 

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