Xing Wang, PhD researcher

Xing, from China, is a PhD student at Loughborough University London studying under the Institute for Media and Creative Industries. Prior to her studies in London, Xing studied at Peking University.

What country are you from?


Under which institute are you studying your PhD?

Institute for Media and Creative Industries

What is the full title of your PhD?

Love, Marriage and Women in Chinese Reality Television.

Please give a brief synopsis of what you are researching and why.

I am trying to understand the historical transformation of Chinese women's marriage condition and the marketisation of media through the lens of reality television on dating and matchmaking. Not only does this research focus on feminism in post-socialism Chinese mainland, but also it enunciates the role of media, especially reality television, in the construction of gender relationship in the public sphere.

Who are your academic supervisors?

Professor Toby Miller and Professor Jo Tacchi.

Why did you choose Loughborough University London to undertake your PhD?

I wanted to continue my research with the great support they offer.

Tell us about your academic background.

  • BA and MA in Journalism and Communication Studies at School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University, China
  • BA in Economics at National School of Development, Peking University
  • Exchange Student in LOTUS PLUS

What attracted you to your chosen research field?

I am inspired by the notion of gender equality and personal interests in television as a special cultural mediation.

What research have you completed so far?

I have looked at the following literature:

  • "When Music Meets the Reality TV: A Chinese Perspective", Working Paper, 2015. Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School, Beijing, China
  • "Tourists Gaze: A Cultural Analysis of Chinese Tourists in Japan", Working Paper, 2015. Exchange Summer School between Peking University and Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • "Legitimacy and public sphere: how traditional media make voice heard in social media", Paper, 2015. This paper won the second prize in Outstanding Thesis Award by, 2015
  • "Knowledge and Power: the Rising of American Conservative Think Tanks", 2014-2015. China Finance 40 Forum, Beijing, China. This project was part of the research 'Think Tanks around the World' funded by China Finance 40 Forum, the biggest private think tanks focusing on political and financial issues in China
  • "Overview of Chinese Internet finance", 2014 China Finance 40 Forum, Beijing, China. This project was part of the research 'Introduction of Chinese Internet Finance' funded by China Finance 40 Forum
  • "The Construction of Cyberspace and Media Participation under Intercultural Context, President Fund Research", 2012-2013 School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University, Beijing, China

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