National speaker (via webcast): Ambassador Gary F. Locke "Issues in U.S.-China Relations"
Madison speaker: Dr. Min Jiang, University of North Carolina
"Micro-blogging, Micro-power? Chinese Twitter and China's Political Affairs"
This is MCFR's fourth year of co-sponsoring the CHINA Town Hall with the National Committee on United States-China relations. CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 50 cities throughout the United States.
From Beijing, Gary F. Locke, U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, will address current pressing issues in U.S.-China relations and respond to questions emailed in from audience members from throughout the country. National Committee president Steve Orlins will moderate the program.
China is home to 538 million Internet users. Two-thirds of them are microbloggers. Since Sina Weibo, China’s copycat of Twitter, was launched in 2009, the number of its registered users has surpassed 300 million within three years. The rise of the Internet and social media in China has dramatically changed how Chinese citizens share information and express their opinions. To what extent is Weibo reshaping China’s political affairs? What impact are the Internet and social media having on Chinese society? Dr. Min Jiang will address these and other related issues.
View Min Jiang's Bio
Immediately preceding the CHINA Town Hall please join us for
"Information Revolution: Social Media in China", a free public panel hosted by the Wisconsin China Initiative. Click here for more information.
Agenda (Pyle Center):
4:00 "Information Revolution: Social Media in China" Public Panel (Room 226)
5:30 Doors open, registration, refreshments (AT&T Lounge)
6:00 Dr. Min Jiang Presentation
7:00 Amb. Gary F. Locke via national webcast
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