Her areas of interest include Chinese Communication, Communication Competence, Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Interaction, and Organizational Communication. Her interest in the role of culture in communication in different social contexts at various level of interaction and in intercultural encounters has been a center of her research and scholarship. So far she has published 3 books and more than 70 articles in books or journals such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Management Communication Quarterly, Research on Language and Social Interaction, etc. and conducted research on such topics as verbal adaptive strategies in native-nonnative speaker interaction, managerial communication in Chinese business organizations, friendship dialectics among Chinese in Hong Kong, cultural learning of sojourners, cultural identity as a production in process, Chinese traditional value orientations, argumentative tendency of Chinese and Japanese. Her most recent works are on host community acculturation orientations and ethnic minority communication.
Chen has been active in professional associations and served in a variety of capacities, e.g., as Intercultural Communication Division Chair of the International Communication Association, President of the Association for Chinese Communication Studies and Vice-President of China’s Association for Intercultural Communication Studies. Chen was Editor of Management Communication Quarterly, Associate Editor of Communication Theory until 2016, has also served and is serving on the editorial board of a number of international journals, in communication and related disciplines, e.g., Chinese Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, Discourse and Communication, Howard Journal of Communications, Human Communication Research, Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Management Communication Quarterly.
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Ling Chen was one of the participants in the Roundtable on Intercultural Dialogue in Asia, co-sponsored by CID.