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Research interests

My research focuses on the role of communication and the media in the building of relationships and identities in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts. It is also interested in the role of multilingualism in social and professional life. The current focus is on the use of online and social media to build communities involving schools and their families in multilingual Sydney. The research draws on 10 years' experience of examining media and ethnic and national identity construction in music-entertainment television in the People's Republic of China as well as a long-term interest in the cultural politics of English language teaching and intercultural and interlingual approaches to media/communications and music education. I am a member of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences' Multilingualism Research Centre, the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Social Media Marketing Institute.

I welcome expressions of interest from prospective HDR candidates interested in areas relating to cultural and linguistic diversity, migration, identity and belonging, community engagement, strategic communication and public relations in such contexts as schools, universities, music, online and social media, radio and television.  

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Research Outputs

Chinese television and national identity construction: the cultural politics of music entertainment programmes

Gorfinkel, L., 2018, London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 253 p. (Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia; no. 52)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Narratives of contemporary Africa on China Global Television Network's documentary series Faces of Africa

    Madrid-Morales, D. & Gorfinkel, L., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Asian and African Studies. 53, 6, p. 917-931 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Hong Kong, films, and the building of China's soft power: the cross-promotion of Chinese films on globally oriented state television

    Gorfinkel, L. & Su, X., 2016, Hong Kong and Bollywood: globalization of Asian cinemas. Lee, J. T-H. & Kolluri, S. (eds.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 265-293 29 p. (Global cinema).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    The Urban-rural divide in China's cultural industries: the case of Chinese radio

    Lei, W., Gorfinkel, L. & Sun, W., 2016, Handbook of cultural and creative industries in China. Keane, M. (ed.). Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 259-275 17 p. (Handbooks of research on contemporary China).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Television, scale and place-identity in the PRC: Provincial, national and global infl uences from 1958 to 2013

    Sun, W. & Gorfinkel, L., 24 Jul 2015, Television Histories in Asia: Issues and Contexts. Tay, J. & Turner, G. (eds.). London ; New York: Taylor & Francis, p. 19-37 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    2 Citations (Scopus)