ICT Use with Chinese Characteristics

Wai Chi Rodney Chu*, Yinni Peng

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter examines the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)-limited to mobile phone and Internet use-in contemporary China. Based on fieldwork undertaken since 2003 in Guangzhou and Beijing, this chapter focuses on the relationship between society and technology in the Chinese cultural context. An analysis of the data on ICT use in China shows how Chinese cultural traits and the speed of the ICT evolution in China have combined to bring about a unique cyber experience. This analysis may be helpful to other scholars who wish to compare the impact of ICTs in various cultures or who are interested in discovering how Mainland China is going cyber.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Connectivities in China
Subtitle of host publicationVirtual, Actual and Local Interactions
EditorsPui-lam Law
PublisherSpringer, Dordrecht
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789400739109
ISBN (Print)9789400739093, 9789400793286
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

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

User-Defined Keywords

  • Mobile Phone
  • Migrant Worker
  • Short Message Service
  • Digital Divide
  • Private Sphere


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