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Anqi Mao

Anqi Mao

Areas of interest

  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Material culture
  • Art and artisanship
  • Culture communication

Research projects

Media communication of intangible cultural heritage and human social change under the pandemic: A case study of Linxia brick carving

The research will utilize linxia brick carvings to investigate the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on China’s intangible cultural heritage and the lives of artists and artisans. It will also focus on how such impacts are communicated in the media and the Internet.


Dr Alanna Cant (University of Reading)


I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Lanzhou University in China, specializing in Journalism, and my Mres in Anthropology, Art, and Perception from the University of St. Andrews.  
I have been gleaning data for around 6 years and have conducted more than three field trips. In my undergraduate period, as a team leader, I worked with my team to produce a short documentary about Linxia Brick Carving, which won a national award in China. My recent research interest is how people's social lives, particularly communication and media, change during the pandemic. 
My master dissertation's title is Cultural Boundaries through Disputes and Contradictions: The Example of Linxia Brick Carvings. The dissertation used the historical research method and the anthropological. Some of the data is from the fieldwork experience in 2018. The dissertation explores how cultural boundaries are defined and influenced in history and modern society.
In addition, before commencing my PhD, I interned for People's Daily, the most prominent official media in China, and then worked as a publicity worker and reporter in a Media company in Beijing for about two years. I worked for universities, publicly traded companies, etc., writing copy, producing media pieces, and more. I've created social media pieces with over a billion exposures and over 100,000 retweets.

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