Kristy Bryant


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Kristy Bryant

DPhil candidate, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies


Kristy is a DPhil candidate in Area Studies (China) at the University of Oxford. Prior to her doctoral studies, she completed a MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford (2021) and a BSc in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2020). Under the supervision of Professor Anna Lora-Wainwright, Kristy’s research seeks to develop an understanding of the Chinese gaze towards the West by analysing anti-Western, specifically anti-liberal, sentiments on social media. 

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Through the use of discourse analysis, Kristy’s research focuses on how Chinese netizens interact with the neologism, baizuo (‘white left’), which is commonly used to criticise Western liberalism and its proponents in online discussions, particularly in relation to COVID-19 and recent social and political developments. Though her research focuses on China, her interests include concepts and expressions of identity, ethnicity and transnationalism in East Asia