Xianwen Kuang


Xianwen Kuang (Guangzhou, 1980) has been employed at Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University (XJTLU) since August 2014. He received a PhD degree in Journalism from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in April, 2014 and a MSc in Asian Studies from Lund University in June 2010. His main research interests include framing, online activism and news censorship. He has published research papers and books on collective action and on the political control over news production in China. Before joining XJTLU, Xianwen Kuang has lived and worked in China, Sweden, Kenya, Denmark and the Netherlands as professional journalist and researcher. He has also taught Bachelor courses for students in Journalism and in Political Science at SDU.
  • Qualifications

    • Ph.D. , University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark - 2014
    • M.S. , Lund University, Lund, Sweden - 2010
    • B.A. , Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China - 2003
  • Experience

    • Visiting Researcher, Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam - 2013 to 2013
    • PhD Research Fellow, University of Southern Denmark - 2011 to 2013
    • Intern, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - 2009 to 2009
    • Journalist, HKSG Media Ltd. - 2004 to 2008
  • Research interests

    • Framing analysis
    • News production
    • Online activism
    • Media censorship
  • Articles

    • Jiang, Yue & Kuang, Xianwen (Corresponding author). (2021). Selective Censorship on Rightists and Leftists? An Observation and Analysis of Censored Social Media Posts in China. Problems of Post-Communism (SSCI Journal). https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2021.1969249
    • Kuang, Xianwen & Wang, Hui. (2020). Framing international news in China: An analysis of trans-edited news in Chinese newspapers, Global Media and China (ESCI Journal). DOI: 10.1177/2059436420924947.
    • Kuang, Xianwen. 2020. 'Self-caging or playing with the edge? News selection autonomy in authoritarian China, SAGE Open (SSCI Journal). April-June 2020: 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244020922980
    • Kuang, Xianwen. (2018). Central state vs. Local levels of government: Understanding news media censorship in China, Chinese Political Science Review (ESCI journal), 3(2), 154-171.
    • Kuang, Xianwen & Wei, Rining (2018). How framing of nationally and locally sensitive issues varies? A content analysis of news from party and nonparty newspapers in China, Journalism (SSCI Journal), 19 (9-10): 1435-1451.
    • Kuang, Xianwen (2017). Negotiating the boundaries of news reporting: journalists’ strategies to access and report political information in China. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 62, 35–51.
    • Kuang, Xianwen & Göbel, Christian (2013). Sustaining collective action in urbanizing China, The China Quarterly (SSCI Journal), 216, 850-871.
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Kuang, Xianwen 2014 How effective is political control over the news media? Political censorship and news production in authoritarian China, University Press of Southern Denmark, Odense
    • Kuang, Xianwen 2011 Collective Resistance of Chengzhongcun Villagers in China – A Case of Guangzhou, Guandong Province, Working Paper Series, Centre of East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University, Lund
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • Kuang, Xianwen. 2021. Sustaining state legitimacy and image of local government in the punch of political scandals: A case study of local newspapers in China. In Liu, Nancy X., Candace Veecock & Shixin Ivy Zhang (Eds.) Chinese News Discourse: Perspectives from Communication, Linguistics, Translation and Pedagogy. London: Routledge.
    • 邝献文.对苏州城市形象传播工作的策略性建议. 《西浦智库报告》2019年12月刊。
    • Kuang, Xianwen. Accepted. Political control, media marketization and news production:proposing an integrated model of political influences over the news media in China. In Talmacs, Nicole & Altman Peng (Eds.) Orchestrated Thinking in Contemporary China, London:Routledge, 2020.
  • Conference presentations

    • Kuang, Xianwen (2020), Framing Sino-US Trade War: A Content Analysis of News from Chinese and American Media Organizations. International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Annual Conference (Online)
    • Kuang, Xianwen & Jiang, Yue (2020), Selective Censorship on Rightists and Leftists? An Observation and Analysis of Censored Social Media Posts in China. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference (Online).
    • Kuang, Xianwen (2019), Framing Traditional Chinese Medicine A content analysis of news from organizations of 7 countries. Paper presented at the 2019 International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain (Peer Review).
    • Kuang, Xianwen (2018), Framing international news in China An analysis of trans-edited news in Chinese newspapers. Paper presented at the 2018 International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Annual Conference, Eugene, USA (Peer Review).
    • Kuang, Xianwen (2016). Central state legitimacy vs. the image of the local state: Understanding news media censorship in China. Paper presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) 2016 Annual Conference, Fukuoka, Japan (Peer Review).
    • Kuang, Xianwen (2015). Issue framing within political boundaries: A content analysis of news from six newspapers in China. Paper accepted for the International Communication Association (ICA) 2015 Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Peer Review).
    • Kuang, Xianwen (2012). Self-Caging or Playing with the Edge?: News Selection Autonomy of News Media in Authoritarian China. Paper presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) 2012 Annual Conference, Phoenix, USA (Peer Review).
  • Grants

    • Co-Investigator (PI: Liu, Xi). 2021. XJTLU Teaching Development Fund. Project Title: Enhancing Research-Led Teaching & Learning for Postgraduate Research Students through Interdisciplinary Research. Awarded amount: CNY50,000.
    • Co-Investigator (PI: Wei, Rining). 2020. XJTLU Research Enhancement Fund (REF) [Grant Number: REF-19-02-01]. Project title: Effect Size Reporting and Interpreting Practices in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Academic Journals: A survey of two disciplines. Awarded amount: CNY50,000.
    • Co-Investigator (PI: Lefeng Lin). 2020. HSS Research Start-up Fund. Project Title: Labour and Rural Industrialization in Contemporary China. Awarded amount: CNY10,000.
    • Principal Investigator (PI). 2020. 2020 Suzhou Science and Technology Development Planning Project, Soft-Science Research Project (General Programme). Project Title: Communicating Public Health Emergencies in Suzhou: A Case of COVID-19.
    • Principal Investigator (PI). 2020. XIPUI SSF Short-Term Grant. Project title: Cultural soft-power, city branding and international promotion strategies of Suzhou. Awarded amount: CNY17,400.
    • Principal Investigator (PI). 2020. Research Grant under the China Outside Project of HSS, XJTLU. Project title: The international framing of Traditional Chinese Medicine: A content analysis of news reports from 10 countries. Awarded amount: CNY10,000.
    • Principal Investigator (PI). 2019. XJTLU Research Development Fund (RDF): RDF-19-01-25. Project title: Framing Sino-US Trade War: A Content Analysis of News from Chinese and American Media Organizations. Awarded amount: CNY49,100.
    • Principal Investigator (PI). 2019. XJTLU Summer Undergraduate Research Project. Project title: How Chinese and American News Media report on the Sino-US Trade War. Awarded amount: CNY7,650.
    • Co-Investigator (PI: Xu, Min). 2019. Humanities and Social Science Programme of MoE, Youth Programme. 教育部人文社会科学研究项目青年基金项目《网络社群中非理性社会行动的媒介动员机制及引导路径研究》. Awarded amount: CNY80,000.
    • Co-Investigator (PI: Xu, Min). 2019. “Construction of urban cultural brand and communication strategies in Shanghai: A study on the case of cultural and creative industry parks,” Shanghai Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, China上海市人民政府决策咨询研究项目《上海文化创意产业集聚与文化品牌提升国际影响力研究》. Awarded amount: CNY30,000.
    • Co-Investigator (PI: Bergman, Tabe). 2018. XJTLU Summer Undergraduate Research Project. Project title: The commentary in People’s Daily on presidential candidate Donald Trump.
    • Co-Investigator (PI: Wang, Hui). 2015. Jiangsu Bureau of Education Philosophy and Social Sciences Programme [Grant Number: 2015SJD616]. Discursive Mediation in News Translation (新闻翻译中的语篇斡旋). Project Value (33%). June, 2015 – June, 2017.
    • Co-Investigator (PI: Wang, Hui) . 2015. XJTLU Summer Undergraduate Research Project. Project title: News translation in Party and Non-party news agencies in China and its Inspiration to Journalism Translation Training. Awarded amount: CNY8,400.
    • Co-Investigator. Danish Research Council [Grant Number: 94-556-85013]. One of the five PhD projects under the Mobility Research Grant “Beliefs in Politics: Actors and Determinants (Elites, Frames, and Personalities)” (3 Years) Project Value (95%), 1 Research Assistant involved. January, 2011 – December, 2013
  • Professional service activities

    • Reviewer for the Internaitonal Journal of Press/Politics
    • Reviewer for the Journal of Political Communication
  • Courses taught

    • COM261 Qualitative Research Methods
    • COM221 Research Methods in Media and Communication
    • COM406 Research methods in Communication
    • COM401 Global Media Cultures
    • COM112 Investigative Journalism
    • COM105 Journalism Theory and Practice
    • COM108 Global Journalism
  • Professional memberships

    • Frontiers: Review Editor of the Editorial Board of Political Communication
  • Awards and honours

    • Creativity Award, 2018, Dentsu Innovation Laboratory, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges,Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 0512-8816-1387
  • Email

  • Address

    Room HS305, HSS Building, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University XJTLU South Campus Chongwen Rd. SIP Suzhou PR China 215123
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park