Dr. Qingjun Li, assistant professor of Asian Studies and Chinese, recently lead a group of three students to present their research, “Commodification of Culture in China’s New Cultural Industry,” at the 23rd Annual ASIANetwork Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Belmont students Anna Croghan, Samantha Hubner and Joseph Minga presented their research project for the faculty members from ASIANetwork member institutions, a consortium of around 160 North American liberal arts colleges and universities.
The poster session featured a video, research report and observation and survey results done at five Chinese cities (Beijing, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Hengdian and Wuhan). The team discussed the results of their interviews with professors and deans at the Institute of Cultural Industry at Beijing University, executives and leaders of the mega-corporation Wanda Group and government officials. The research was generously funded by the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows program.