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Dear colleagues, I'm running a research project analyzing Chinese microbloggers' postings re the 2012 DNC and presidential elections. Part of the data speaks to an interesting phenomenon of Chinese social media users using American political figures and politics as a vehicle for commenting on China's domestic politics, e.g. their reference to President Obama's cheap watch in contrast to the many expensive watches owned by Chinese local officials... So US politics in such cases becomes a backhanded slap at the corruption of Chinese officials. I'm in Communication and wonder what Political Science literature you might suggest that I look into to frame this phenomenon. This issue obviously has implications for both domestic politics and foreign policies as social media users traverse the media universe of international politics. Many thanks in advance for your assistance! Min _______________________________________________________________________ Min Jiang (Ph.D. Purdue), Associate Professor of Communication Studies College Diversity Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Affiliate Faculty, International Studies Co-coordinator, Digital Arts, Sciences & Technologies http://clas-pages.uncc.edu/DAST/ 5011 Colvard N., UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223 704-687-0768 | Min.Jiang@uncc.edu<mailto:Min.Jiang@uncc.edu> | Twitter @mindyjiang<http://www.twitter.com/mindyjiang> Website: http://clas-pages.uncc.edu/min-jiang/ Research Affiliate Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania http://www.linkedin.com/in/minjiang _______________________________________________________________________ --