Associate Professor Shuang Liu

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
shuang.liu@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68242

Overview

I have over 30 years' experience teaching of teaching in universities in China, Hong Kong, USA, and Australia. Having spent a significant part of my life outside my heritage culture (Chinese), I've developed a profound interest in examining how culture influences people's thinking, doing, and being. I research and publish in the areas of immigration, multiculturalism, acculturation, intercultural conflicts, ageing migrants, and intergroup relations. I also research on the media effect on how people perceive themselves, how they think they are perceived by others, and how self- and other perceptions interact with each other to influence attitudes, behaviours, and intergroup relations.

Research Interests

  • Intercultural communication and intergroup relations
    I examine cross-cultural adaptation of immigrants, particularly in how intercultural communication (or the lack of it) can affect intercultural relations in multicultural societies. One of my contributions to the field is integrating intercultural communication with cross-cultural psychology. I apply social categorization theory to study media portrayal of ethnic minorities in Australia and I examine the often neglected media effects on immigrants’ integration. I examine the integration process of long-term migrants, new arrivals, and 1.5 generation migrants (those who migrated as young children). Existing literature tends to attribute the lower level of integration to migrants’ unwillingness to integrate; but if the larger social, cultural, and political context is not favourable, it is the very group or individuals that initially wanted to integrate most that tend to resist integration. Also, traditional concepts of intercultural communication competence rest on the assumption that there are no barriers to effective communication other than the competence of immigrants and members of the host culture. The models work well when people are motivated to get on with each other. When motivation and intergroup history involve conflict and rivalry, however, sometimes the more competent a communicator is, the less effective the communication can be, because skills are used to non-accommodative ends. This view is reflected in a recent paper I co-authored with Professor Cindy Gallois.
  • Chinese attitudes to Australia and their intentions to engage with Australia
    Alongside my research on migrants and intercultural relations, with a particular focus on Chinese communities in Australia, I have expanded my research to understand how Chinese people in China perceive Australia and how their perceptions affect their intentions to engage with Australia. With the ARC linkage project (2007-2010), I examined Chinese people’s attitudes to Australia and their intentions to purchase Australian products and services (e.g., pursuing further education in Australia), as well as their intentions to engage in business with Australian firms. I also extended my research to examine symbolic consumption of Chinese consumers and how the purchase of imported products are used as a means of constructing social identity.

Research Impacts

One of my contributions to the field is to advance the process orientated approach in research on immigrant integration. I've been researching and publishing in this area over the past decade. My more recent research examines the ageing experiences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. International recognition of my work is demonstrated through the editorial responsibilities that I carry. I'm currently the Associate Editor of two leading international journals in communication and intercultural research: Journal of Communication and International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Education, The University of Queensland
  • PhD (Communication), Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Master of Arts in Linguistics, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language, Heilongjiang University

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Available Projects

  • I'm interested in research in the broad area of identity, acculturation, intercultural relations, and media representation and effects on people's attitudes and behaviours. I research at the interface of communication and cross-cultural psychology. I'm familiar with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. If you are considering doing a PhD in those areas under my supervision, please feel free to contact me. I'd be very happy to discuss your topic areas with you!

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Liu, Shuang (2017). Cross-cultural adaptation: An identity approach. In Ling Chen (Ed.), Intercultural Communication (pp. 437-456) Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9781501500060-020

  • Liu, Shuang (2017). Intergroup communication: Asia/Australasia. In Howard Giles (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication (pp. 1-12) Oxford University Press, New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.384

  • Liu, Shuang and Simpson Reeves, Laura (2016). Migration and Aging. In Encyclopedia of Geropsychology (pp. 1-7) Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_292-1

  • Liu, Shuang and Gallois, Cindy (2015). Intercultural Relations and Globalization. In Janet Marie Bennett (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (pp. 517-521) Thousand Oaks, CA United States: Sage.

  • Hiew, Danika N., Halford, W. Kim and Liu, Shuang (2014). Loving diversity: living in intercultural couple relationships. In Angela Abela and Janet Walker (Ed.), Contemporary issues in family studies: global perspectives on partnerships, parenting and support in a changing world (pp. 87-99) New York, NY, United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118320990

  • 劉雙 Liu, Shuang (2011). Theories of health and risk communication. In 陳國明 Guo-Ming Chen (Ed.), 傳播理論 (pp. 339-374) Taipei, Taiwan: Wunan Publishing.

  • Liu, Shuang (2010). Social surveys and the statistical analysis of data. In Pradip Thomas and Michael Bromley (Ed.), An introduction to communication and social change (pp. 39-54) Brisbane (UQ): UQP Print on Demand.

  • Liu, Shuang and Chen, Guo-ming (2009). 中国の合弁企業における対立管理方式の評価. In ベイツ・ホッファ (Bates L. Hoffer), 本名 信行 (Nobuyuki Honna) and 竹下 裕子 (Yūko Takeshita) (Ed.), 共生社会の異文化間コミュニケーション: 新しい理解を求めて (pp. 314-339) Toyko, Japan: Sanshūsha Publishing Company.

  • Liu, Shuang and Wu, Qiangian (2008). Online media and traditional media. In M. Wu, S. Liu, S.H. Xie and X. Long (Ed.), Research on internet media in China (pp. 157-175) Beijing, China: China National Defence Industry Press.

  • Servaes, J. E. J. and Liu, S. (2007). From the centre to the periphery: Multiple paths to social change in communities. In J. E. J. Servaes and S. Liu (Ed.), Moving Targets: Mapping the Paths Between Communication, Technology and Social Change in Communities (pp. 1-9) Malaysia: Southbound.

  • Liu, S. (2004). Hierarchy and Chinese organizational communication. In G.Chen (Ed.), Theories and principles of Chinese communication 1st ed. (pp. 231-244) Taipei: Wunan Publishing Ltd.

  • 劉雙 (2004). 层级结构与华人组织传播. In 陳國明 [Chen Guo-Ming] (Ed.), 中华传播理论与原则 (pp. 231-244) Taipei, Taiwan: Wunan Publishing Ltd.

  • Liu, S. and Chen, G. (2002). Collaboration over avoidance: Conflict management strategies in state-owned enterprises in China. In G. Ching and R. Ma (Ed.), Chinese Conflict Management and Resolution 1st ed. (pp. 163-182) Westport, CT, USA: Ablex Publishing.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • I'm interested in research in the broad area of identity, acculturation, intercultural relations, and media representation and effects on people's attitudes and behaviours. I research at the interface of communication and cross-cultural psychology. I'm familiar with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. If you are considering doing a PhD in those areas under my supervision, please feel free to contact me. I'd be very happy to discuss your topic areas with you!