Online Chinese nationalism and its nationalist discourses

Authored by: Yiben Ma

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415520775
eBook ISBN: 9781315758350
Adobe ISBN: 9781317635925

10.4324/9781315758350.ch12

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Abstract

From the boycott of the French supermarket Carrefour in the time leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 to the anti-Japan demonstrations over the disputed Diaoyu Islands in 2012 and 2013, we have witnessed the scale of Chinese nationalism and its controversies. The merger of Chinese nationalism and the internet has also drawn scholarly attention to a fiercely debated topic – online Chinese nationalism. During these incidents, the internet not only facilitated the dissemination of nationalistic information and the mobilisation of people, but more noticeably produced an interactive means for shaping and reshaping nationalist discourses (also see Willnat, Wei and Martin, Chapter 11 in this volume).

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