In Asia, amidst its varied levels of economic development and diverse cultural traditions and political regimes, the Internet and mobile communications are increasingly used in every aspect of life. Yet the analytical frames used to understand the impact of digital media on Asia predominantly originate from the Global North, neither rooted in Asia’s rich philosophical traditions, nor reflective of the sociocultural practices of this dynamic region. This volume examines digital phenomena and its impact on Asia by drawing on specifically Asian perspectives. Contributors apply a variety of Asian theoretical frameworks including guanxi, face, qing, dharma and karma. With chapters focusing on emerging digital trends in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan, the book presents compelling and diverse research on identity and selfhood, spirituality, social networking, corporate image, and national identity as shaped by and articulated through digital communication platforms.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Overview 1. A (Digital) Giant Awakens – Invigorating Media Studies with Asian Perspectives Sun Sun Lim and Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano Part 2: Self and Identity 2. Face and Online Social Networking Sun Sun Lim and Iccha Basnyat 3. My Letter to Heaven via Email - Translocal Piety and Mediated Selves in Urban Marian Piety in the Philippines Manuel Victor J. Sapitula and Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano 4. Exploring Confucianism in Understanding Face-ism in Online Dating Sites of Eastern and Western Cultures Michael Prieler Part 3: Groups Processes and Collective Imaginaries 5. Credibility, Reliability, and Reciprocity: Mobile Communication, Guanxi, and Protest Mobilization in Contemporary China Jun Liu 6. The Local Sociality and Emotion of Jeong in Koreans’ Media Practices Kyong Yoon 7. Ritual and Communal Connection in Mobile Phone Communication: Representations of Kapwa, Bayanihan and "People Power" in the Philippines Cheryll Soriano and Sun Sun Lim Part 4: Discourses and Discursive Constructions of Meaning 8. What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India? Discursive Constructions of CSR as Sarva Loka Hitam in Online Narratives of Companies in India Ganga S Dhanesh 9. Shadow and Soul: Stereoscopic Phantasmagoria and Holographic Immortalization in Transnational Chinese Pop Liew Kai Khiun 10. Tweets in the Limelight: The Contested Relationship between (Dis)harmony and Newsworthiness Yenn Lee Part 5: Conclusions and Ruminations 11. Asian modernity and the post human future: Some reflections T T Sreekumar 12. Re-Orienting Global Digital Cultures Gerard Goggin
Sun Sun Lim is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media, and Assistant Dean for Research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. She studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families, charting the ethnographies of their Internet and mobile phone use, publishing more than 50 monographs, journal articles and book chapters. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Mobile Media & Communication.
Cheryll Ruth Soriano is an Associate Professor of Communication at the De La Salle University in the Philippines. She is interested in the social and political implications of new media, and she has published papers exploring the multiple intersections of cultural politics and activism, multiculturalism, ritual, and new media engagement in developing societies. Her recent works appear in international journals such as Media, Culture & Society and Communication, Culture & Critique, as well as edited volumes.