Fang, Ph.D.

Communication researcher

In the Media

I appear frequently in international media outlets, discussing issues related to media, journalism, digital technology, as well as Chinese politics and society.

Business Insider: Monday’s presidential debate was censored in China — but that didn’t stop people from watching

September 28, 2016Kecheng Fang0 Comments

I was quoted in Business Insider’s story on how Chinese watched the presidential debate.

The Chinese government has one major reason for censoring the debate live-streams, according to Kecheng Fang, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student researching Chinese politics and the founder of, an independent website on Chinese politics.

“Letting the public know how democracy works has its risks. People might start asking, ‘Why don’t we have our own debates?’ or, ‘Why can’t we choose our leader from the top two candidates?'” Fang told Business Insider.

Despite the Chinese government’s worries, most Chinese people are uninterested in the US election, don’t understand how it works, or have zero knowledge that a presidential debate is occurring, according to Fang. A niche population, composed primarily of elites, follow the election and the debate intently.

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