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Yu Hong
Assistant Professor

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ICT and Development; Chinese Information and Communication Industries; Public Policy; Global Digital Economy; Political Economy of the Internet

Yu Hong is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at USC Annenberg. She got her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research areas include ICTs and development, political economy of global communication, China's information and communications industry, information labor, and information society theories.

Her first book, Labor, Class Formation, and China's Informationized Policy of Economic Development (2011), explores China's evolving class relations in the ICT sector as China has become a global ICT manufacturing powerhouse. 

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Her peer-reviewed articles appeared in Global Media and Communication, Media, Culture & Society, Asian Survey, Telecommunications Policy, International Journal of Communication, Javnost-The Public, Chinese Journal of Communication, and Work, Organisation, Labour & Globalization. She also published in a variety of edited volumes including The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media (2015) and Chinese Media (Routledge, 2013). 

She is completing a second book titled Networking the Nation: Communication and Economic Restructuring in China (under contract with the University of Illinois Press).



Yu Hong (2014), "Between Corporate Development and Public Service: The Cultural System Reform in the Chinese Media Sector," Media, Culture & Society, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp. 610-627.

Yu Hong (2013), "Repurposing Telecoms for Capital in China: System Development and Inequality," Asian Survey, Vol. 5, Number 2, pp. 319-347.

Yu Hong, François Bar, Zheng An (2012), “Chinese telecommunications on the threshold of convergence: Contexts, possibilities, and limitations of forging a domestic demand-based growth model,” Telecommunications Policy 36, Issue 10-11, pp. 914-928.

Yu Hong (2011). Labor, Class Formation and China’s Informationized Policy of Economic Development. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Yu Hong & Wei Wang (In Press), "Embracing Communication: Labor in China's Post-2008 Economic Restructuring Strategy," The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media, edited by Richard Maxwell.

Yu Hong (2011), “Reading the Twelfth Five-Year Plan: China’s Communication-Driven Mode of Economic Restructuring,” International Journal of Communication (5) 2011, 1-20.

Yu Hong (2010), “Will Chinese ICT Workers Unite?—New Signs of Change in the Aftermath of the Global Economic Crisis,” in Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value Chains, a special issue of Work Organization, Labour and Globalisation, edited by Catherine McKercher, Vincent Mosco and Ursula Huws, Vol. 4 (2), pp. 60-82.

Yu Hong (2010), “The Politics of Socialist Harmonious Society in the Aftermath of Neoliberalism,” in Chinese Journal of Communication, Vol. 3 (3), pp. 311-328.

Yu Hong (2008), "Distinctive Characteristics of China’s Path of ICT Development—A Critical Analysis of Chinese Developmental Strategies in Light of the Eastern Asian Model,”International Journal of Communication, 2 (2008): 456-471,

Yu Hong (2008), “Information Society with Chinese Characteristics—Discursive Construction of the Neo-industrialization Strategy in the People’s Daily,” Javnost-The Public, Vol.15 (2008), No. 3, pp. 23-38,

Course Titles

COMM560 Critical Approaches to Global Media and Communication 

CMGT 580 Chinese Media and Society

COMM414 Communication and Social Change in China