MIT action researcher in China
The Other Digital China: Nonconfrontational Activism on the Social Web
Jing Wang (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2019), 320 pp. ISBN: 978-0674980921
The Other Digital China: Nonconfrontational Activism on the Social Webis an unconventional book on the usage of digital tools to advance so-called nonconfrontational social activism in China. The reason it is unconventional is that its author, Jing Wang, Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has unabashedly written a supposedly academic book on the basis of her civic engagements in China. As Wang admitted in her book, some scholarly colleagues have questioned the academic nature and value of her work. However, Wang has firmly believed in her project and advocated the need of her type of participatory action research (PAR) in the study of China. The ultimate aim of her academic-activist project is to transform and improve Chinese society in...