Dr Grace Yuehan Wang

Dr Grace Yuehan Wang

Visiting Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

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Classical Chinese, English
Key Expertise
Global South, Digital economy (with a focus on Africa and Asia)

About me

Dr Wang is an academic entrepreneur. She is the founder of Network Media, a research-based media consulting organization. She is the technical expert on Media, Communication and Marketing for The 2023 Aspen Institute Digital Accelerator Program.   She was a South African National Research Foundation granter holder from 2021-2022, during that period, she was the only Asian recipient awarded the Joint Research Funding by Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) / Western Cape Government (WCG) for her research proposal on digital economy in South Africa.

Dr Wang earned her doctoral degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and was the Wallis Annenberg Chair Fellow in Communication, Technology, and Society for two years. Previously, she studied at Boston University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She was also a visiting researcher to Media Law and Policy program at the University of Oxford and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr Wang’s research and expertise are in the intersection of media and communication studies, development studies, entrepreneurship and innovation. Two overarching themes in her current research projects are economic development and social advancement. Her Shenzhen work and study of Africa and Southeast Asia’s digital economy belong to the first theme, economic development, while her migration and cultural analysis contribute to the understanding of social advancement. Media, including media industries and media platforms serve as her research contexts.

Dr. Wang is adept at converting academic languages to the general publics. She has been gaining a prominent international reputation in the intersectionality of globalization, policy and development, and digital economy. She was recently invited by CGTN Radio program, the China – Africa Talk to comment on the new Chinese foreign minister’s visit to Africa and the possible cooperation in the future. She was invited by the CGTN America to talk about China and Africa in the TV show, The Heat. She was also invited by The China-Global South Project (in partnership with LSE IDEAS) to a podcast interview to discuss what South Africa can learn from China’s Silicon Valley, Shenzhen regarding economic development and technological innovation.

Expertise Details

Global South; Digital economy (with a focus on Africa and Asia); Development and policy; Technology and innovation; Creative culture; Digital storytelling


Academic Publications

Wang, G. Y. (2023). How Chinese culture led Huawei from surviving to thriving. October 4th, 2023 by LSE Business Review. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2023/10/04/how-chinese-culture led-huawei-from-surviving-to-thriving/ 

Wang, G. Y. (2023). Effective AI governance requires global awareness of local problems | Media@LSE. September 28, 2023, Media@LSE 

Wang, G. Y. (2023). Are the BRICS a Bloc? A Group? A Threat? It All Depends on Where You Sit. Republished on August 1, 2023, by LSE International Development blog. Are the BRICS a Bloc? A Group? A Threat? It All Depends on Where You Sit | LSE International Development  

Wang, G. Y. (2021). Talent migration in knowledge economy: The case of China’s Silicon Valley, Shenzhen. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-021-00875-5 (One and half a year non-open access download: 7870 times and 2 citations)

Riley, P., Wang, R., Wang, G. Y., & Feng, L. (2016). Global warming: Chinese narratives of the future. Global Media and China, 1(2), 12-31. https://doi.org/10.1177/2059436416654770

Wang, G. Y. (2020). From Silicon Valley to Silicon Delta: Case study of Shenzhen as an informational city. 2020 China Bluebook of Culture and Technology. In Li, F. L (Eds). Social Sciences Academic Press.

Wang, G. Y. (2020). 从硅谷到硅洲:深圳作为信息化创新城市的案例研究, 论文被选入《2020年文化科技发展报告蓝皮书》,社会科学文献出版社。

Wang, G. Y. (2020). Tencent: Games, finance, and digital content. 2020 Report on Development of China’s Media Industry. In Cui, B. G (Eds). Social Sciences Academic Press.

Wang, G. Y. (2020). 腾讯:游戏,金融,数字内容的三驾马车,论文报告被选入《2020年中国传媒产业发展报告》,社会科学文献出版社。

Wang, G. Y. (2020). Book Review: Tencent: The political economy of China’s surging Internet giant. Global Media and Communication, 16(2), 266-268. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742766520944873

Wang, G. Y. (2019). Book Review: Another economy is possible: Culture and economy in a time of crisis. Global Media and Communication, 15(3), 388–390. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742766519838186

Wang, G. Y. (2019). Book Review: Hollywood made in China. Global Media and Communication, 15(1), 141– 143. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742766518786367

Wang, G. Y. (2017). Review Essay: What is Happening in Digital Education? The Class and The War on Learning. International Journal of Communication, 11, 3608-3613.https://ijoc/org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/7954/2132

Wang, G. Y. (2017). Book Review: After access: Inclusion, development, and a more mobile Internet. International Journal of Communication, 11, 323-326. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/6593/1899

Media Press, Trade Publications, Reports

Wang, G. Y. (2023). Are the BRICS a Bloc? A Group? A Threat? It All Depends on Where You Sit. The China – Global South Project.

Wang, G. Y. (2023). Linking Together Asia’s Digital Future. The Diplomat. thediplomat.com

Wang, G. Y. (2023). How will China’s New Foreign Minister Shape Foreign Policy? Four Trends to Watch. The China – Global South Project. https://chinaglobalsouth.com/analysis/how-will-chinas-new-foreign-minister-shape-foreign-policy-four-trends-to-watch/

Wang, G. Y. (2023). Rethinking the Global North/South Divide in Development. 2023 Spring Sociology of Development Section Newsletter. American Sociological Association.

Wang, G. Y. (2022). From Southern California to South Africa: Research Experiences in the Global South. December 23rd, 2022 by 2022 Fall Sociology of Development Section Newsletter. American Sociological Association.

Wang, G. Y. (2022). When it Comes to ICT Training, Africa Differs from Western Critics on Huawei. June 21, 2022 by The China - Global South Project (previously known as The China - Africa Project). https://chinaglobalsouth.com/analysis/when-it-comes-to-ict-training-africa-differs-from-western- critics-on-huawei/

Wang, G. Y. (2022). Can Shenzhen’s Special Economic Zone miracle offer insights to Africa’s economic recovery? May 5, 2022 by The China - Africa Project. https://chinaafricaproject.com/analysis/can-shenzhens-special-economic-zone-miracle-offer- insights-to-africas-economic-recovery/

Wang, G. Y. (2022). Africa: Can studying China’s first SEZ give insight into the continent’s economic recovery? Republished on May 11, by The Africa Report through the partnership with The China - Africa Project. https://www.theafricareport.com/202535/africa-can-studying- chinas-first-sez-give-insight-into-the-continents-economic-recovery/

Wang, G. Y. (2021). Pioneering sustainability – Shenzhen is more than China’s Silicon Valley. Dao Insights. June 22, 2021. https://daoinsights.com/opinions/pioneering-sustainability-shenzhen-is- more-than-chinas-silicon-valley/

Wang, G. Y. (2021). Shenzhen VS Silicon Valley? From female empowerment to peacock talents Dao Insights. September 29, 2021. https://daoinsights.com/opinions/shenzhen-vs-silicon-valley- from-female-empowerment-to-peacock-talents/


Invited online interview. Wil Shenzhen Become China’s Next Luxury Hotbed?Released onJune 6th,2023.Will Shenzhen become the next hotbed for global luxury? (daoinsights.com)

Invited speaker. China Africa Talk. Chinese FM makes maiden trip to Africa. CGTN. Live on January 15th, 2023. https://radio.cgtn.com/podcast/news/5/Chinese-FM-makes-maiden-trip-to-Africa/2705715

Invited speaker. 南南合作60年与全球化,中国企业出海何去何从? (In English: Sixty Years of South-South Cooperation and Globalization – Chinese Companies Going Out?; Podcast interview in Mandarin Chinese) Channel: 二维吾码(Tencent podcast platform). shorturl.at/bDEP8

Invited speaker. The Heat: China – Africa Ties. CGTN America. Live on TV on August 3, 2022, Youtube on August 4, 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIy0uGRpFZw. (4.4k views in two weeks)

Invited speaker. Lessons for South Africa from China’s tech hub in Shenzhen. The China - Africa Project. April 22, 2022. https://chinaafricaproject.com/podcasts/lessons-for-south-africa-from-chinas-tech-hub- in-shenzhen/ (also on Spotify and Apple Podcast under “The China in Africa Podcast”)

Invited speaker. 深圳, 欢迎来到这届年轻人的“搞钱之都” (In English: Shenzhen, Welcome to Young Chinese’s Money Making City; Podcast interview in Mandarin Chinese). Channel: 二维吾码(Tencent podcast platform). July 20th, 2021. (5.6k views till June 25th, 2022)

Invited speaker. 《无依之地》拿奥斯卡最佳影片,到底有多大胜算?(In English: Nomadland, What is the Chance of Winning Oscars? Cultures and Films: Chloé Zhao, first woman of color Nominated for Oscar Best Director; Podcast interview in Mandarin Chinese). Channel: 深焦 Deep Focus. March 18th, 2021. (11.3k views till March 2022)