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Five Questions: Interview with Haifen Nan


Various studies have pointed out that, despite strict state-censorship, the Internet has been used to foster Chinese civil society, which is linked in numerous ways with the global community of Chinese diasporas around the world. However, only few studies focus on the Internet use of Chinese diasporas, and they rarely looked at the Internet as a public sphere for Chinese diasporas, and, in particular, in a global context. Haifen Nan's research attempts to explore the Internet as a public sphere for Chinese diasporas living in Germany in the context of globalization and transnational migration. Her aim is to offer empirical evidence as well as to theoretically rethink Internet-based public spheres of ethnic minorities in a global context. The Chinese social media talks in the following video chat with Martin Maibücher (IMCH) about the social media impact both in China and Germany.


Haifen Nan was born in Yueqing, China. From 1999 to 2004, she studied Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University (China). In 2004, she was chosen as an exchange student to start her second master study at the RWTH-Aachen University (Germany). She received her Master of Arts in Journalism and Communication from Nanjing University in 2006, and her Master of Science in Media Informatics from the RWTH Aachen University in 2007. Currently, she is a doctoral scholarship holder of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”. Her research interests include new media and migration society, globalization and transcultural studies.

Meet Haifen Nan and the Robert Bosch Stiftung on Sina Weibo, where you'll find more information about the media ambassador's program activties in China.
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