By Fengshu Liu
Fengshu Liu situates the lives of chinese language adolescence and the expansion of the web opposed to the backdrop of speedy and profound social transformation in China. In 2008, the complete of web clients in China had reached 253 million (in comparability with 22.5 million in 2001). but, regardless of fast progress, the web in China is to date a predominantly urban-youth phenomenon, with teenagers under thirty (especially these less than twenty-four), often individuals of the only-child iteration, because the major crew of the netizens’ inhabitants. As either adolescence and the net carry the capability to inflict, or at the very least give a contribution to, far-reaching fiscal, social, cultural, and political alterations, this e-book fulfills a urgent want for a systematical research of ways adolescence and the web are interacting with one another in a chinese language context. In so doing, Liu sheds mild on what it skill to be a chinese language at the present time, how ‘Chineseness’ can be (re)constructed within the web Age, and what the consequences of the rising type of id are for modern and destiny chinese language societies in addition to the area.
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