Haiqing Yu is Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a critical media studies scholar with expertise on Chinese digital media, communication and culture and their sociopolitical and cultural impact in China, Australia and the Asia Pacific. She is currently working on projects on China’s digital expansion and influence in Australasia, Chinese-language digital/social media in Australia, the social implications of China's social credit system, and social studies of digital technologies in the Chinese context.
Should WeChat be banned? Australian users say no
Banning WeChat/Weixin would mean cutting Australian users’ “lifeline” to China; it would risk further alienating an already alienated community amid the anti-Chinese sentiment in Australia. For non-Chinese WeChat users in Australia, banning the platform would deprive them of individual choice and agency. Continue reading »
Ill informed media led a merry dance by ‘hack’ on Morrison’s WeChat account
The ‘hijacking’ of the Prime Minister’s account is a complicated story that, when simplified, fits neatly again into the anti-China narrative. Continue reading »
The transformation of daigou in the post-COVID 19 era
Daigou based parallel trading is a historical phenomenon in the long history of cross-border trade. Its heyday is now history, but it is not dead yet, as the informal, freelance, retail daigou are gradually incorporated into corporate daigou channels in Australia. Continue reading »
Chinese Australians’ take on anti-Chinese racism in Australia. Part 3 of a series on racism.
In the age of weaponised racism, Chinese Australians have taken on the moral duty of telling Australia stories well. Continue reading »
HAIQING YU. China in a Time of Change
“Social Credit”: China’s Automated Social Control and the Question of Choice The social credit system of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has attracted worldwide attention. Continue reading »
HAIQING YU. Chinese students in Australia and our responsibility
The discourse on China’s influence in Australia has recently shifted its focus to Chinese students on Australian university campuses. They are seen as pro-Chinese Communist Party nationalists who sing the Chinese national anthem and shout profane abuse at pro-Hong Kong-protest supporters in our universities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Continue reading »
Inside the world of the Chinese shoppers who are unnerving Australians
Reports on daigou (personal shoppers) in Australia have evoked mixed feelings about Chinese presence and influence in Australian everyday and economic lives. Continue reading »