Introduction to the 2021 Winter Special Issue: Communicating Risk in Networked East Asia

  • Kwon, K. Hazel (Digital Audiences at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University) ;
  • Park, Sejung (Division of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Pukyong National University in South Korea) ;
  • Shin, YoungJu (Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University)
  • Published : 2021.12.31


This article discusses the importance of investigating risk and crisis communication in the context of Asian digital societies. It introduces the remaining articles in this special issue.



  1. Chu, M.M., & Pookasook, A. (July 26, 2021). Southeast Asia's COVID-19 cases hit new highs, Malaysian doctors protest. Reuters.
  2. Cleaveland, A., Newman, J. C., & Weber, S. (2020). The art of communicating risk. Harvard Business Review.
  3. Fisher, M., & Sang-Hun, C. (April 10, 2020). How South Korea flattened the curve. New York Times.
  4. Kwon, K. H., Chadha, M., & Wang, F. (2019). Proximity and networked news public: Structural topic modeling of global Twitter conversations about the 2017 Quebec mosque shooting. International Journal of Communication, 13, 2652-2675.
  5. Lumpur, R. (2021). Covid-19: Malaysia hit by record cases despite prolonged lockdown. bmj, 374.
  6. Lewis-Kraus, G. (June 18, 2020). How to make government trustworthy again. Wired.
  7. Martin, T.W. & Walker, M.(March 13, 2020). East vs. West: Coronavirus fight tests divergent strategies. Wall Street Journal.
  8. Oh, O., Agrawal, M., & Rao, H. R. (2013). Community intelligence and social media services: A rumor theoretic analysis of tweets during social crises. MIS Quarterly, 37(2), 407-426.
  9. Palen, L., & Anderson, K. M. (2016). Crisis informatics?New data for extraordinary times. Science, 353(6296), 224-225.
  10. Raj, A., & Goswami, M. P. (2020). Is fake news spreading more rapidly than COVID-19 in India. Journal of Content, Community and Communication, 11(10), 208-220.
  11. Starbird, K., & Palen, L. (2010, May). Pass it on?: Retweeting in mass emergency. In Proceedings of the 7th International ISCRAM Conference, Seattle, USA, May 2010.