Bei Cia is an associate professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University at Stark. Her research interests include intercultural/international communication, intercultural gender studies, Chinese political communication, and instructional pedagogy.
Her research interests focus on intercultural communication, gender studies and Chinese political communication. She was born and grew up in China and came to pursue graduate studies in the US. This real-life cross-cultural experience allows me to be an outsider and an insider for both the Chinese culture and the U.S. culture. Therefore, some of her scholarly research compares Eastern and Western perspectives on gender studies, as well as on how the mainstream U.S. media represent cultures and nations different from the U.S. Given the profound change in China in the past three decades in the fast globalizing world, her new research examines such topics as how the one-party Chinese government manages its legitimacy in the post-Communist era, China’s environmental rhetoric and policymaking, emerging business culture, and Western commercial culture’s influence on Chinese.
B.A., Xi’an Foreign Languages University People’s Republic of China, M.A., English, Bowling Green University, M.A., Interpersonal Communication, Bowling Green University, Ph.D., Communication Studies, Bowling Green University
Intercultural Communication, Gender, Culture and Communication, Chinese political communication, Rhetorical studies and Political communication
Cai, B. (2008). A Trickster-Like Woman: Subversive Imagining and Narrating of Self, Identity and Community. Communication Studies.59(4), 275-290.
Cai, B. (2007). Official Discourse of a “Well-off” Society: Imagining an Economic Nation and (Un)sustaining Political Legitimacy. In D. Wu (Ed.), Discourses of Cultural China in the Globalizing Age. Hong Kong University Press.
Cai, B. (2005). Are Chinese Collectivists Twenty-Years Later: A Second Look at the Individualism and Collectivism Construct? Aurco, 11, 67-80.
Cai, B. (2005). Promoting Post-Cold War Agenda: American Media’s Role in Shaping Competing Discourses over Democratic Development in Pre-Transfer Hong Kong. In C. L. Nieman (Ed.), Democracy and Globalization. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press.
Cai, B. (2004). Mythic Narrative as a Rhetorical Vehicle for Transforming Gender Inequality and Racial Injustice. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 29, 79-90.
Cai, B., & Gonzaléz, A. (1997-8). The Three Gorges Project: Technological discourse and the resolution of competing interests. Intercultural Communication Studies, 7(1), 101-113.
National Communication Association, Association for Chinese Communication Studies, Central States Communication Association
“Editor’s Choice Award” (2005), presented by AURCO (The Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio) for the best article to appear in Volume 11, Spring, 2005, and for commitment to excellence in scholarship
“Top Ranked Panel Award” (2004), Basic Course Interest Group of CSCA, presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention, Cleveland, Ohio
“Top Ranked Panel Award” (2003), Basic Course Interest Group of CSCA presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention, Omaha, Nebraska
“Dissertation Fellowship” (1998-1999), granted by the Graduate College, Bowling Green State University
“International Graduate Student Award” (1999), granted by the Graduate Student Senate, Bowling Green State University
“Outstanding Chinese Scholar Award” (1999-2000), granted by the Chinese Student and Scholar Association, Bowling Green State University