Soc 320 Research Opportunity, Fall 2020: Chinese Intellectuals’ Use of Mass Media in the Late-19th and Early-20th Centuries

Term: Fall 2020
Status: Open
Contact: Sociology Graduate Student Siying Fu siying.fu@wisc.edu
Description: The research project investigates how Chinese intellectuals in the late-19th and early-20th century used mass media to reproduce their class amid profound social disruption. Using advanced topic modeling techniques, this study will analyze commentary articles written by intellectuals and published in the most popular periodicals during a 20-year period with several critical junctures in between.
Activities: Students are expected to perform three main tasks. First, they will collect articles to be analyzed from a database of early-modern Chinese periodicals. Second, they will transform the format of these articles using an online application and proofread the result to ensure the accuracy. Third, each week, they will read the articles and discuss with the primary researcher about major themes that can be identified. Depending on the progress, RAs may also get some experience in conducting topic modeling in Python.
Qualifications: Students must be fluent in Chinese, able to read Traditional Chinese (繁体字), and able to understand classic Chinese (文言文). The applicant should apply the following information: Name, Year in college, Major in college, Contact information, Number of hours each week that can be used for this project, Proof of Chinese skill, and Unofficial transcript of their college courses.