The Missing Voice: Measure Social Interaction Effects on Self-Censorship among Chinese Overseas Students
2019 American Democracy Fellowship
It is critical for people to talk about politics and to express their political attitudes and preferences in order to form correct beliefs about other people's beliefs and to coordinate large-scale political activities. However, this willingness to speak might be distorted by social image concerns and peer pressure, especially among people not accustomed to it or fear of being orchestrated by their peers. In this project, I plan to conduct survey experiments among Chinese students in the US and study if social image concerns can suppress their expression of private political attitudes.