Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Lauren Gorfinkel

Lecturer in International Communication

Lauren Gorfinkel

Office: Y3A 165B

Phone: (02) 9850 2138

Undergraduate Teaching: MAS389, MAS390, ICOM201

Postgraduate Teaching: ICOM811, ICOM892


Lauren specializes in research on Chinese media, with a focus on the politics of national and ethnic identity in music-entertainment television in mainland China. She also has an interest in China Central Television's overseas expansion, including into Africa.

Lauren also maintains an interest in critical, multilingual, and intercultural approaches to education. She has interrogated these concepts in the contexts of high school music education in Australia, English education in China, and in highly internationalized postgraduate arts degrees.

Lauren's teaching experience covers a range of areas relating to media and communication, language and linguistics. She has taught at universities in Cambodia and China as well as Australia and brings a global perspective to the subjects she teaches.

Lauren also brings to her teaching international professional experience in community relations, public relations and journalism. She has worked in Phnom Penh, New York, and Sydney, including as a reporter for the official Olympic News Services of the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

As a finalist in the Global Chinese Storytelling Competition in 2009, organised by Beijing Radio, Lauren performed on China Central Television's international channel, CCTV-4.

Lauren holds a PhD in International Studies (University of Technology, Sydney), a Masters of Arts in East Asian Studies (Australian National University) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (University of Technology, Sydney).

Research Interests

  • Chinese media
  • Television in the digital era
  • Televised music
  • Popular culture and the politics of entertainment
  • Mediated performances and representations of identity in the media (national, cultural, ethnic)
  • Multimodal discourse analysis (critical textual analysis of visuals, sounds, and language)
  • Intercultural, international and multilingual approaches to education

Lauren welcomes expressions of interest from potential research candidates with an interest in any of the above or related areas.



Gorfinkel, L. (forthcoming 2017) Chinese Television and National identity Construction. Routledge.  

Book Chapters

Gorfinkel, L and Su, X (2016) Hong Kong, Films, and the Building of China's Soft Power: The Cross-Promotion of Chinese Films on Globally Oriented State Television. In Joseph Tse-Hei Lee and Satish Kolluri (eds) Hong Kong and Bollywood: Globalization of Asian Cinemas. Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 265-293.

Lei, W., L. Gorfinkel, and W. Sun (2016). The Urban-Rural Divide in China's Cultural Industries: The Case of Chinese Radio. In Michael Keane (ed) Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in China, Edward Elgar.

Sun, W. and L. Gorfinkel (2015). Scale and Place-Identity in the PRC: Provincial, National and Global Influences from 1958-2013. In Jinna Tay and Graeme Turner (eds) Television Histories in Asia: Issues and Contexts. Routledge, pp. 19-37.

Gorfinkel, L. and A. Chubb (2015). When foreigners perform the Chinese nation: televised global Chinese language competitions. In Ruoyun Bai and Geng Song (eds) Chinese Television in the Twenty-First Century: Entertaining the Nation. Routledge, pp.121-140.

Gorfinkel, L., 'The performance of national identity: Music-entertainment television in China', in Emilia Djonov and Sumin Zhao (eds) Critical Multimodal Studies of Popular Discourse, New York: Routledge, 2013.

Gorfinkel, L., 'Promoting a Harmonious China through Popular Music-Entertainment Television Programming', in Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Lida Nedilsky and Siu-Keung Cheung (eds), China's Rise to Power: Conceptions of State Governance, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012 pp. 71-89.

Gorfinkel, L., 'From Transformation to Preservation: Music and Multi-ethnic Unity on Television in China', in Keith Howard (ed.) Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage: Policy, Ideology, and Practice in the Preservation of East Asian Traditions, UK: Ashgate, 2012, pp. 99-112.

Gao Rui (published under Chinese name), Su, X. and He, C., 'Cross-Cultural Communication and English Teaching', in Wen Jun, Zhang Zhenhua, Wang Bin (eds.), Foreign Languages, Translation and Literature Research, Beijing: Beijing Aviation University Press, 2007 [in Chinese], pp. 374-380.

Journal Articles

Gorfinkel, L., S. Joffe, C. Van Staden, and Y. Wu (2014) CCTV's Global Outreach: Examining the Audiences of China's 'New Voice' on Africa', Media Information Australia, v. 151 (Special edition on New Voices), May.

Gorfinkel, L., 'Ideology and the Performance of Chineseness: Hong Kong Singers on the CCTV Stage', Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture, vol. 12, no. 2, 2011, pp. 107-128.

Su, X. and Gorfinkel, L., 'British and American Culture in English Teaching', Journal of Kunming Teachers' College, vol. 30, no. 1, 2008, pp. 98-101. [in Chinese]

Gao Rui (published under Chinese name), 'Reflections on the 2005 CELEA Annual Conference: Goals and Directions of English Teaching in China', Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics (formerly CELEA Journal, China English Language Education Association), vol. 29, no. 2, 2006, pp. 94-97.

Refereed Conference Publications

Gorfinkel, L. 'Pushing the Boundaries of 'Music': Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Possibilities for 'Other' Musics in the Australian Music Classroom'. In proceedings for 10th International Conference on Cultural Diversity in Music Education - The Cultural Aesthetics of Teaching, The Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney (11-13 Jan, 2010).

Edited Volume

Howard, K. and Gorfinkel, L. Preserving Tradition, Facing the Future: Conservation and Innovation in Chinese Music, special volume of Asian Musicology, vol. 19, 2012.