Hatty Liu

Hatty Liu

PhD researcher

Department of Media and Communications

English, French, Mandarin
Key Expertise
Journalism, Intertextuality, Narrative, Critical discourse analysis

About me

Project Title 

Reporting Dystopia: Techno-Orientalism and Speculative Fiction in Representations of China in Journalism

Research Topic 

Hatty's project examines the techno-orientalist production of contemporary China in mainstream international journalism. She will take an intertextual approach that traces the ways in which signs, discourses, and narrative models from speculative fiction are recontextualized in journalistic representation of issues ranging from surveillance to 5G to China’s response to Covid-19. She will look at how textual references and narrative strategies from fiction, in addition to reported facts, are used rhetorically to produce techno-orientalist discourses in journalism, and at how intertextuality shapes the ideological and moral positioning of the text.

Hatty's project is supported by an LSE Studentship.


Hatty is an award-winning journalist with more than eight years of experience in feature-writing, editing, and audio and visual production. Prior to joining the LSE, she lived in Beijing and served as managing editor at The World of Chinese, a multimedia English magazine that tells human-centred stories from China. Her journalism focuses on feminism, rural China, and the global Chinese diaspora.

Hatty earned a double Master of Arts degree in Global Communication from Simon Fraser University and the Communication University of China, where her research explored the idea of journalism as a form of literary production. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in History, and an updated version of her capstone project, on the role (and limits) of caricature in public communication in France’s July Monarchy, won the top paper award in communication history at the ICA annual conference in 2016. Her other capstone paper, on the history of female bonded labour in China’s Qing dynasty, was accepted for publication in The Palgrave Handbook on Bondage and Human Rights in Africa and Asia in 2020.

Multilingual and cross-continental, with roots in China, Canada, and the US, Hatty aspires to use her multilingual and cross-cultural identity to create more empathetic knowledge across national boundaries.


Professor Lilie Chouliaraki and Professor Bingchun Meng

Expertise Details

Journalism; Intertextuality; Narrative; Critical discourse analysis


Book chapters

  • Liu, X. (2019). “The Domestic Outsider: Interpreting Contradictions in the Status of Maidservants in Qing China.” In G. Campbell and A, Stanziani (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook on Bondage and Human Rights in Africa and Asia. Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Liu, X. (2022, April). The 8th Heyang Forum, April 2022 Roundtable: Rural Stories and China’s Developmental Path.

  • Liu, X. (2018, August). Crossroads Cultural Studies Conference. Paper on “Intertexuality and the Origin of China’s ‘Ghost Cities’ in International Journalism”,  “Folk Music and the Chinese Revolution, 1949 - 1962)”. 

  • Liu, X. (2018, May). The Chinese Internet Research Conference (ICA pre-conference). Paper on “After E-Commerce, What? Neoliberal Development Logic in China’s ‘Taobao Villages’”. 

  • Liu, X. (2016, 2017). ICA Annual Conference. Poster on “Tilting at Windmills: Intertextual Construction of China’s ‘Ghost Cities’ in International Journalism",  Paper on “Humour and Habermas: Problematizing Satire as Public Communication in France’s July Monarchy (1830 - 1835). (Top Paper), Paper on “The News as Myth: Representing the Chinese Stock Market Crisis of 2015”.

  • Liu, X. (2014, October). FQRSC-ANR Workshop on Bondage Rights and Voices in the Indian Ocean World. Paper on “Female Domestics and the Neo-Confucian Family Ideal in Ming and Qing China”.