“The post-1990s generation are masters of online mobilisation via social media. Despite censorship, they know how to ‘grab eyeballs’ through creating and circulating visually arresting photos and slogans,” says Diana Fu, assistant professor of Asian politics at the University of Toronto. “
The NCUSCR Interviews podcast series features one-on-one discussions between leading experts on China and National Committee staff. In a conversation with fellow University of Toronto professor Sida Liu, Diana Fu discusses her new book, Mobilizing Without the Masses: Contention and Control in China. Listen here.
Diana Fu, an expert in Asian politics from the University of Toronto, said Xi’s emergence means Trudeau will have to continue approaching the Chinese president “carefully and tactfully” because he’s shown he won’t bow to foreign powers.
“When Xi took the reins in 2013, repressing boundary-pushers in civil society was a cornerstone of his political campaign to consolidate power,” Diana Fu of the University of Toronto and Greg Distelhorst of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in an academic paper on “Grassroots Participation and Repression in Contemporary China”.
Related article: "Grassroots Participation and Repression Under Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping." Forthcoming 2018. The China Journal.
The Economist. Feb. 4 2017
Related article: Fu, D. and G. Distelhorst. "Public Transcripts: Articulating Authoritarian Citizenship in China." Presented at the 2017 Annual Association of Political Science Meeting.