Media and communication in Asia in early 21st century: Changes, continuities, and challenges


  • Jun Liu University of Copenhagen
  • Kjetil Sandvik University of Copenhagen
  • Christian Hviid Mortensen The Media Museum



Asia has some of the largest, most dynamic, diversified, and complicated media industries in the world (McKinsey & Company, 2015). Entering the 21st Century, the rapid economic and political developments of Asia further energize the growth of media locally and globally (for general discussion, see, e.g., Keane [2006]; Thussu [2006], specific discussions on the cases of Korea [Kim, 2013], Japan [Iwabuchi, 2004], China [Sun, 2009]). In a reflection on the increasing importance of Asian players in global communication industry, Keane describes that “Asianness is colonizing international communications markets” (2006: 839-840) with the impacts ranging from the production of hardware (i.e., East Asian technology) to content (e.g., Japanese manga, anime and TV formats and South Korean popular culture) and from the cross-over of directors and actors from Asia to Hollywood and the world. Yet, a lack of timely understanding of media and communication in a fast-changing Asia is hindering not only our interpretation of the significance of media in social transformation in Asia, but also the efforts to de-westernize (e.g., Park & Curran, 2000; Wang, 2010) or internationalize communication studies (Lee, 2014).

Author Biographies

Jun Liu, University of Copenhagen

Assistant professor Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

Kjetil Sandvik, University of Copenhagen

Associate Professor Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

Christian Hviid Mortensen, The Media Museum

Curator, PhD


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How to Cite

Liu, J., Sandvik, K., & Mortensen, C. H. (2017). Media and communication in Asia in early 21st century: Changes, continuities, and challenges. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 33(62), 5 p.