Asia-Pacific Communication Forum 2020, organized by the Asia Pacific Communication and Exchange Association (APCEA) successfully ended on October 25 in Macao, which is one of the most important communication conferences hosted by Macao since the COVID-19 outbreak. This Forum had two venues in Macao and the Hengqin Free Trade Zone, Zhuhai indicating Macao s effort to become a cultural communication hub in the Greater Bay Area.

The Forum, in a hybrid mode of offline and online panels, featured a distinguished keynote speech session including well known communication scholars and industry leaders in the Asia Pacific region. Keynote speakers included Steve Guo, Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University, Shuhua Zhou, Leonard H. Goldenson Endowed Chair, School of Journalism, University of Missouri, Lu Xinyu, Zijiang Chair Professor and Dean of the School of Communication, East China Normal University, Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Esraa Hagar, Professor of Chinese Department, Director of Confucius Institute Ain Shams University. Dr. Angus cheong, Founder and CEO of ERS e-Research & Solutions, Macao, also cofounding member and Chair of the Asia-Pacific Internet Research Alliance, José Carlos Matias dos Santos, Director of Macau Business magazine, Farland Chang, an Emmy Award winning international journalist, Executive Producer & Founder of WorldBizWatch, Yang Liu, Associate Professor at Sun Yat-sen University and Deputy Executive Director of APCEA.

Nearly 70 scholars and graduate students in the region and overseas participated in the forum discussing new issues of media and communication in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic era. The panel sessions revolve around pressing issues of Asia-Pacific communication such as Public opinions in the pandemic, Media convergence and AI communication, Communication theory paradigms, International communication. A Big data workshop was also conducted to meet the need of artificial intelligence research and digital media environment.

Meanwhile the Asia-Pacific Communication Forum Alliance (APCFA) was inaugurated aiming to promote globalization, cultural diversification, and development of a diverse, inclusive and respectful communication environment. The APCEA and the School of Communication of East China Normal University are initiators of APCFA. Its founding members include the Centre for Macau Studies, University of Macau (UM), the School of Journalism and Communication, Wuhan University, the School of Journalism and Communication, Jinan University, the Beijing Institute of Intercultural Communication(BIIC), Beijing International Studies University, the School of Internet Communication, Yuesiu Foreign Language College in Shaoxing, Macau Internet Research Association and so on.

This Forum is sponsored by the Macao Foundation. Co-organizers include Centre for Macau Studies, UM, Zhuhai Da Hengqin Development Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary Zhuhai Hengqin New Area Elites Human Resources Service Co., Ltd.

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Forum held on new media in post-pandemic era