Zizheng Yu has worked for the Country Garden Real Estate in China as a Senior Brand Manager; as a Journalist in Chinese Southern Daily in Foshan, and UK Chinese Journal in London; as a Research Associate in China Current Network. Now, Zizheng Yu is a PhD Candidate at Cardiff University, JOMEC. Zizheng is also a committee member of the UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association (UCMeCSA).
Do the latest digital technologies in several popular social media apps really empower Chinese consumers’ powers to protect their legitimate consumer rights? My current research is focusing on the connection between the short-video-based social media platforms and consumer activism in China.
My research interests mainly focus on Chinese short-video-based social media platforms, digital activism (consumer activism), video activism, social movements, media practices, and cultural semiotics studies.
Publications and Conference Presentations：
- Yu, Z. 2019. Consumer Video Activism in China. Presented at: ASIA.LIVE Virtual Workshop: Locating Livestreaming in Asia, Leiden University (Leiden/Online), 17th Sep 2019.
- Yu, Z. 2019. Examine the Consumer Video Activism and Consumer Sphere in China. Presented at: UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association 3rd Biennial Conference, University of Leicester (UK), 16th Jan 2019.
- Ma, X., Wu, M., Yu, Z., & Jiang, C. 2019. An Empirical Study of the Understandings of Chinese Martial Arts Symbols among German University Students. Journal of Martial Arts Research, 2(1), 19.
- Ma, X. and Yu, Z. 2019. Conference Report: Bruce Lee's Cultural Legacies. Martial Arts Studies, (8), pp.84–87.
- Committee Member of UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association (UCMeCSA).
From Selfish Consumer Activist to Caring-Citizen: Examine the Consumer Video Activism and Consumer Sphere in China
This research reviews the relationship between the social media and consumer activism and explored what are the contributions of the latest digital technologies to the digital protest (short-video-based social media) of consumer activism in China by interviewing the Chinese consumers, public relations department officials and journalists, and analysing the short video contents about significant consumer activism cases in several popular short-video-based social media apps.