Beneath the bitter laughter: Online parodies, structures of feeling and cultural citizenship in China

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Abstract

This article examines the practice of egao, or online parody, in China as an act of cultural citizenship. Looking at user-generated parodies derived from a viral meme called Mom Please Hit Me Once More, it explores how young netizens negotiate their collective identity, memory and social changes through participatory cultural production online. Broadening the purview of citizenship practice while highlighting its cultural and affective dimension, this article reveals how the Internet provides a space for creative modes of civic expression and lifestyle politics – a hybrid space where entertainment and politics converge, while tensions between tradition and modernity play out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131 –147
Number of pages17
JournalGlobal Media and Communication
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese Internet
  • collective identity
  • cultural citizenship
  • egao
  • online parody
  • social changes
  • structures of feeling
  • youth subculture

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