Rage and reflection: Chinese nationalism online between emotional venting and measured opinion

David Kurt Herold

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Chinese nationalism online has been the topic of much recent debate both in academic circles as well as in the media. During 2007 and 2008, a number of topics incited Chinese netizens to proclamations of nationalistic pride in China and to accusations of treason against Chinese who were not 'Chinese' enough, as well as campaigns against non-Chinese who were seen as 'attacking China'. This chapter wants to argue that while many of the postings online displayed a serious lack of knowledge and understanding of China's history and of its relationship with the world, not all of the online debates can be labelled as the emotional venting by China's 'fenqing' (angry youth). Although much of the Chinese nationalism online can be interpreted as a sign of frustration of young Chinese, there are a number of more reflective voices whose well-argued nationalism is far more problematic for China's future relationship with other countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Connectivities in China
Subtitle of host publicationVirtual, Actual and Local Interactions
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789400739109
ISBN (Print)9400739095, 9789400739093
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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