Contents: Preface / Christine Ogan -- Social media, culture, and politics in Asia / Lars Willnat and Annette Aw -- Social media and political participation : review of the literature / Jason Martin -- Online media and political participation in Asia -- Social media and political participation in China / Lu Wei -- Hong Kong : social media and political participation in a "protest society" / Francis Lee -- Social media and political participation in Taiwan / Tsung-Jen Shih -- New media and participatory politics : the case of South Korea / Jihyang Choi and Jae Woong Shim -- Social media and political participation in Japan / Toshio Takeshita, Shinichi Saito, and Tetsuro Inaba -- Social media and political participation in Malaysia / Ezhar Tamam, Md., Salleh Hassan, and Zohair Sabaghpour Azarian -- Social media and political participation in Singapore / Cherian George, Xiaoming Hao, and Nainan Wen -- Social media and political participation in Thailand / Smith Boonchutima and Shuo Tang -- India youth and social media : modes of engagement? / Usha Raman and Roshni Vergheese -- Comparative survey analysis -- Social media and political participation in nine Asian nations / Lars Willnat -- Conclusions -- About the authors -- Appendix a : survey questionnaire.Includes bibliographical references and indexes.Summary: The Internet's explosive growth over the past decade is nowhere more visible than in Asia. Fueled by an expanding middle class, thousands of people connect to the Internet for the first time each day to explore and discuss issues that are relevant to them and their lives. This book provides an in-depth look at the impact of social media on political engagement among young citizens in this rapidly changing region of the world. Leading media scholars from nine Asian nations focus on three main questions:. How frequently do Asians use social media to access and discuss political information?. Does the use of social media increase political participation? What political, social and cultural factors influence the impact of social media on political engagement in each nation? To answer these questions, contributors first analyze the current state of social media in their nations and then present the findings of a cross-national survey on social media use that was conducted with over 3,500 Asian respondents. By employing a comparative approach, they analyze how social media function and interact with the cultural and political systems in each country and how they might affect political engagement among individual citizen.