My name is Yuchen Chen and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Communication and Media at the University of Michigan. I am co-advised by Christian Sandvig and Silvia Lindtner. My research and teaching span science and technology studies (STS), critical race and ethnic studies, globalization, and China. I use in-depth qualitative methods to study the technological mediation of Chinese investments in U.S. real estate and data-driven governance in China. Across both contexts, I demonstrate how media platforms and data-driven systems influence citizen- and place-making and reinforce social control and marginalization.