He Bixiao
贺碧霄

Years of Stay at HYI

Aug 2016 to May 2017

Apr 2022 to Aug 2022

University Affiliation (Current)

University Affiliation

He Bixiao attained her Ph.D. in Journalism from Fudan University in Shanghai. She has published extensively on the history of journalism in China, with particular focus on the restructuring of the private newspaper industry in Shanghai after Liberation (in the period from 1949-1952) and the role of newspapers in China’s modernization process, as well as a recent case study on ‘Party Public Relations, Inc.’ —a new perspective on state-controlled media and resilient authoritarianism. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley before coming to HYI.

Current Research Projects and Interests:

“Holy Mass in the Heart of Red China: Encounters between Missionaries and Communists in Yan’an in 1944”, funded by Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco, 2019;

“The Building of Overseas United Front of CCP (1949-1965) ”, funded by Key project of the National Social Science Foundation of China, 2018;

“Propaganda and information history of Yan’an era”, funded by Key Project of National Social Science Foundation, 2017;

“Lee Hysan Visiting Scholar Program”, Universities Service Center for Chinese Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2017.

Recent Publications

Bixiao He (2022) “‘Yelling at the Masses’: Making Propaganda Audible in the Communist Revolution,” China Report (2022): 1-13.

Bixiao He (2020) “Haunted by the State”, Media History, DOI:10.1080/13688804.2020.1717939

Bixiao He (2020) “Debates on CCP Newspaper Policy in Hong Kong Circa 1949 and the Elimination of Private Newspapers in the early 1950S in the PRC”, Media History, DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2020.1717938

Tao Wu & Bixiao He (corresponding author) (2019) “Intelligence for Sale: The ‘Party–Public Sentiment, Inc.’ and Stability Maintenance in China”, Problems of Post-Communism, DOI: 10.1080/10758216.2019.1625710

Bixiao He (2018) “The network of intelligence, propaganda and logistics: Hong Kong and the Chinese Communist revolution in the 1930s and 1940s, Hong Kong”, Twenty-first Century, Vol. 169, 37-52.

Bixiao He & Mian Chen (2018) “Party organ, letters to the editors and the regime: a case study of Nanfang Daily in the early 1950s”, China Review of Journalism and Communication Studies, Vol. 2, 93-108.

Bixiao He (2017) “How did the Communist Party establish its news policy? The open and underground debate in Hong Kong around 1949, Hong Kong”, Twenty-first Century, Vol. 161:61-76.

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