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Uyghurs on Chinese Social Networking Sites: The Creation and Destruction of Ethnic Youth Culture
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6037-757X
2015 (English)In: Central Asian Affairs, ISSN 2214-2282, Vol. 2, no 3, 264-286 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Chinese social networking website Fenbei.com was started in 2003 by a young Chinese software engineer. By 2006 it provided an important online community for tens of thousands of Uyghurs, who developed an online culture and communication genres through which they creatively engaged in a virtual world with thousands of others who shared their interests. By 2010 the site was closed, stranding these Uyghurs and millions of other Chinese citizens without the online site that had become their virtual community and connected them to other users around China and even abroad. This article attempts to uncover a small part of what Fenbei meant for young Uyghur Internet enthusiasts and fills some of the gaps in research on popular Internet use in China.

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Brill Academic Publishers, 2015. Vol. 2, no 3, 264-286 p.
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social networking, Great Fire Wall, Fenbei.com, Internet in China
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Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255128DOI: 10.1163/22142290-00203003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255128DiVA: diva2:821014
Available from: 2015-06-13 Created: 2015-06-13 Last updated: 2016-01-14

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