Y.X. (YuXi) Nie

  • PhD student
  • Chinese Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: y.nie@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS China
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.04c

PhD research

Discourse Analysis of Micro-Blogging and Media Policy in China

Supervisors: Dr. Florian Schneider, Prof. dr. Stefan Landsberger (full professor at the University of Amsterdam)

How new media shape the communication strategies of the PRC’s official news agency Xinhua

This research project asks: What is the relationship between Micro-blogging (Weibo) and media policy in China? Under the new media regulations made by the government, what role is Weibo playing in Chinese external and internal communication, specifically in the case of China’s official news agency Xinhua? My project intends to find out the answer through studying the interplay between Chinese Micro-blogging (Weibo) and the Chinese state-owned media outlet Xinhua News Agency, an active actor on Weibo. 

My project aims to expand our understanding of how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) influence China’s official news agency, Xinhua, in terms of the government’s communicative strategy, and also aims to develop theories as well as research methods that will contribute to contemporary Chinese media studies. It is likely to raise pertinent questions as to whether the innovation of technology can be a reliable incentive for social change as China continues its “opening-up” policy.

Questions inevitably arise regarding the extent to which Xinhua News Agency reports about events outside China and how it intends to inform the audiences by integrating social media. My project will open up avenues of future research into other news organizations’ performance on new media platforms.


  • Master’s in TV Journalism, Nottingham Trent University, UK (09.2010- 11.2011)

  • Education Abroad Opportunity, University of Oklahoma, US (08.2009- 05.2010)

  • Bachelor of English Literature, Xi’an International Studies University, China (09.2006- 06.2009


  • Teaching Assistant, Xi’an International Studies University, Xi’an, China (since 2012)
    Teaching English reading in School of Arts and IELTS English Proficiency Test in Training Department;
    Academic research in School of Arts.

  • Freelance Journalist, Shaanxi TV Channel One, Xi’an, China, 10.03.2012 – 10.09.2012
    Conducted Interviews with Nobel Prize winners from Israel, Germany, Australia and the US;
    General translation and interpretation for news reporting.

  • Director Assistant, China Culture Connect, Artability Art & Collection Ltd, London, UK, 23.09.2011-15.01.2012
    Co-organized the Second Chinese Heritage Conference & the London Chinese Film Festival;
    Wrote art reviews and managed the official website.

  • Reporter (Intern), Xinhua News Agency, CNC World Channel, London, UK, 16.07.2011– 02.10.2011
    Scripted the news feature and interviewed during London Fashion Week;
    General news editing and filming.

  • English Instructor & Exchange Program coordinator, Xi’an International Studies University, Xi’an, China, 03.2010- 09.2010
    Taught English reading at Training Department;
    Assisted with grading and proofreading for the Chinese College Entrance Examination.


Articles in academic journals

- 《现实与理想的命运悲歌--解读亨利•詹姆斯和弗•司•菲兹杰拉德笔下的女性角色》,《西安外国语大学学报》2013年第4期 (“The Tragic Destiny between Reality and Fantasy—On Interpreting Feminist Characters of Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald”, Journal of Xi’an International Studies University, No.4, Vol. 21, 2013, pp. 100-105).

- 《女性主义演绎的悲剧之美》, 《名作欣赏》2014年第1刊,总第455期 (The Beauty and Tragedy in Feminism, Masterpieces Review, No.1, Shanxi: Taiyuan, 2014, pp.45-47).


- Kathryn Morgan, Myth & Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Plato: Chapter One, pp.1-14, edited by Ye Shuxian, Shaanxi Normal University, accepted and forthcoming 2015.

Academic Activities

- Conference paper “Interpreting Thoreau’s Detachment”, The Nineteenth Academic Seminar of Shaanxi Foreign Literature Society, Hanzhong, 2014 April. 

- Conference paper “China’s Policies on Social Media Messaging—Reviewing Crime and International News Posts of Xinhua News Agency”, The Fourth International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, Hangzhou, 2013 October.

- Conference paper “Platform-distinct Differences in Xinhua Social Media Messaging”, with Dan Williams and Chen Yu, First Sino-American Scholars Forum on China, Xi’an, 2013 June.

Professional Projects

- Master’s Degree Thesis on The Survival Plan for Contemporary Art during Economic Recession at Nottingham Trent University, 2011.
- Master’s Degree Feature Project on Art from Adversity at Nottingham Trent University, 2011.
- Bachelor’s Degree Thesis on Terminology Management of the UN Documentation Translation at Xi’an International Studies University, 2010.
- Bachelor’s Degree Translation Project on Convention on the Rights of the Child, 2010.


  • 2014, Grants for PhD research from Chinese Scholarship Council

  • 2013, Outstanding Award on Multi-media Classes Competition organized by Chinese Education Department

  • 2012, Outstanding Contribution Award for English Teaching at Xi’an International Studies University

  • 2009, Reciprocal exchange opportunity for studying at the University of Oklahoma

  • 2007, Scholarship at Xi’an International Studies University


Last Modified: 11-12-2015