Pluralising China as method: Between exceptionalism and universalism

Ling Tung Tsang, Xiaotian Li, Tommy Tse

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To not only celebrate the launch of this double special issue, but also to shine a spotlight on the variety of China as Method epistemological approaches shared by the special issue’s editors and authors, the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, the University of Amsterdam’s Media Studies Department, and Global Media and China, co-organised a hybrid symposium to generate intellectual exchanges on such a de-westernising mode of knowledge production. While the research articles in this double special issue extensively examine ‘distinct’ characteristics of China, in this introduction, we reflect on if we are essentialising China. We do not want to apply a universalist logic that exists in theories by and from the Global North to be ‘experimented on’ in the Global South; yet, we also seek to move away from ‘China exceptionalism’ and express the stance that China can only be understood in its positionality to other areas (and modes of knowledge production) of the world. Thus, this special issue seeks to further deconstruct China as Method, challenge the existing power imbalance, and pluralise knowledge production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalGlobal Media and China
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • China as method
  • China exceptionalism
  • Eurocentrism
  • Global South
  • South–South interactions
  • cultural mediation
  • universalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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