May 15, 2021  
College Catalog 2020-2021 
    
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ASIA 353 - Cyber China: Internet and Contemporary Culture

Cross-Listed as CHIN 353  
What is the “Great Firewall of China?” What does it say on the symbolic power of the state, the civilians, as well as censorship and resistance politics? The Internet has played an increasingly important role in shaping contemporary Chinese life in many ways. The technology-enabled spaces have expanded to encompass a vast array of cultural forms. They have become an arena of intense contention and contestation among multiple political forces. This senior capstone course explores various aspects of the Internet culture in mainland China, combining close examination of up-to-date online content in original Chinese language with evaluation of scholarly discourse on the Chinese internet. The goal of the seminar is to look at different ways of conceptualizing Chinese internet culture. It will also consider the implications of online communication and cultural production both for contemporary Chinese culture in general, and students’ own research in particular. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 204 , the equivalent language proficiency, or permission of instructor. (4 Credits)