|International Communication: Starting again after reflection -- International Famous Scholar Professor Li Jinquan Comes to School of Communication to Give Lectures|
At 14 PM, May 11th, invited by the School of Communication, famous scholar Li Jinquan gave an academic lecture entitled “international communication: starting after reflection” in Huixue report hall. Professor Li Jinquan is a master in the field of international communication, Professor of journalism and mass communication of University of Minnesota, currently Director of the Center for Communication Studies, City University of Hong Kong. In the short period of two hours, he provided the students with an “academic feast”.
Du Zhongfeng, Vice President of the School of Communication hosted the lecture. Xiong Yongxiang, Dean of the School of Communication, Xie Xiaoxia, head of the Department of Journalism and some other teachers also attended the lecture. There were more than 300 students of different majors present to study.
Speaking from why to mention the internationalization of the international communication, Professor Li believed that international communication is not actually international, but just the spreading of the American communication. In his speech, he criticized the narrow and biased academic study of the United States, making cultural imperialism and distorting the development of the international communication field, but meanwhile he was against the practice of setting United States and Europe aside. He believed that the international communication research originated in the United States. Without the reference to the United States and Europe, our research is hard to continue. As for this, he proposed, in the spirit of cosmopolitanism, Chinese communication should pursue local cultural experience while crossing cultural barriers to communicate with the world, knowing ourselves and others well and understanding the extensive with the intensive, which is the only proper course to take on the internationalization of international communication.
Faced with the “dewesternization” in the media research proposed by many scholars, Professor Li Jinquan said, “it is no problem to do it, but the key is how to do the next step? I think it should be internationalized”. Faced with the shortcomings of the Chinese academic circles, Professor Li noted that the Chinese mainland's international communication scholars must have cultural self-confidence and knowledge autonomy, while maintaining an open mind to cope with the challenges. The truth is very simple. It is critical receiving from macro to fine, but the real "criticism, absorption and fusion" requires joint efforts from Chinese academy circle.
In the question session, as for the enthusiasm of students to ask questions, Professor Li Jinquan made wonderful answers. For example, in globalization, how should we deal with the problem of localization? Professor Li believed that the globalization and localization cannot be opposite, the two are interlinked, which is possible to exchange. Some students asked how to tell good Chinese stories in international communication. He replied, the key is to find the position of China in the world pattern, and use other people's material to play our own play. Of course, due to the limited time, a lot of students didn’t get the opportunities to ask their questions.
Professor Li Jinquan’s rigorous academic attitude impressed the students. As one of the students said in the question session, Professor Li had read Mills's Sociological Imagination for dozens of times, which was really admirable and inspiring to young students.
(Reported by Zhou Nan Yang Lu)