A systematic examination of Chinese communication scholarship and comprehensive critique of its theories and methodologies are long overdue, and in this new collection of essays by a multicultural group of scholars, both aims are achieved. Focusing on such relatively new fields as Chinese health communication and Chinese communication on the internet, the volume addresses key questions about the state and the future of its field. Both challenging and complementing the Western views of communication, it advances theories of cultural and intercultural communication while at the same time broadening our understanding of the relevance of Chinese communication studies to communication studies overall, and the ways in which this subdiscipline points the way toward a new and more complicated future. The essayists, whose origins include the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, bring their many perspectives to bear on what is the most comprehensive and inclusive review of Chinese communication research literature published in English. Of great benefit to Western and Eastern communication theorists, philosophers of social science, and Asian studies scholars, Chinese Communication Theory and Research is an invaluable guide to an increasingly complex and significant field of study.
WENSHAN JIA is Assistant Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Media at the State University of New York, New Paltz. A scholar of intercultural communication theory, he is the author of The Remaking of the Chinese Character and Identity in the 21st Century: Chinese Face Practices (Ablex, 2001) and the co-editor of Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons (Ablex, 2002). XING LU is Associate Professor in the Department of Communications at DePaul University. The author of Rhetoric in Ancient China: Fifth to Third Century B.C.E.: A Comparison with Classical Greek Rhetoric, she is also the co-editor of Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons (Ablex, 2002). D. RAY HEISEY is Professor and Director Emeritus at the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University. The author of many journal articles and book chapters, he is also the editor of Chinese Perspectives in Rhetoric and Communication (Ablex, 2000) and the co-editor of Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons (Ablex, 2002).