Cyber China: Reshaping National Identities in the Age of by Francoise Mengin

By Francoise Mengin

The essays during this quantity discover the hot strength struggles created in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong via details know-how. The members examine the interplay among the advance of data applied sciences and social common sense at the one hand and techniques of unification and fragmentation at the different. They search to spotlight the options of private and non-private actors geared toward monopolizing the advantages created by way of the knowledge society-whether for financial achieve or bureaucratic consolidation-as good because the new loci of energy now rising. The booklet is equipped round major topics: one exploring societal switch and tool relatives, the second one analyzing the restructuring of higher China's house. In so doing, the publication seeks to make clear either the kingdom formation approach in addition to diplomacy conception.

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Individual perspectives, for example, freedom to choose individual ways of life alternative to traditional role models and standardized biographies, struggles for privacy and freedom to develop as an independent individual without interferences by relatives, superiors, teachers or the state, Speaker’s Corner or Virtual Panopticon 29 omnipresent in the offline world, and the various limitations the participants are subjected to in their social settings, are some of the topics most prevalent in all the BBSs we study, regardless of the topics formally assigned to them.

6 Within the top-down media system directly controlled by the CCP censorship body nowadays called “Publicity Department” the few national TV stations then offered almost uniform models for identification. During the 1990s, however, Chinese TV and its role within the propaganda system has changed dramatically. 7 Representations of alternative lifestyles like widely watched soaps from Taiwan or Hong Kong style game and music shows provide new perspectives on Chinese national identity beyond the borders of the PRC.

Different dimensions of individual and collective identities constructed via online discourse do not compete with each other, but rather supplement each other creating an eternally incomplete patchwork-identity. On the other hand, these identities do, in a number of ways, pose a potential threat to identification models propagated by CCP orthodoxy. Communist hegemonism in this field, however, is not yet seriously challenged by complete sets of distinct collective identities competing with the CCP political construct of unified national identity.

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