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Shaohua Guo F'17

Shaohua Guo

Assistant Professor
Asian Languages & Literatures
Carleton College
last updated: 07/10/18

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017
China-NEH

Assistant Professor
Asian Languages & Literatures
Carleton College
Liberalization of Cultural Space: Progressive Trends in China's Digital Public

This project builds on scholarship related to the Chinese Internet as a space of state control, activism, and literary practices. Moving beyond the "revolutionary" narrative of new technologies democratizing China, I examine how digital culture constitutes an integral zone of creativity even in authoritarian regimes like China by looking at the four most dynamic discursive spaces over the past two decades: bulletin board systems, blogs, microblogs akin to Twitter, and WeChat (a combination of WhatsApp and Facebook). By analyzing three prominent cultural modes – fun-seeking, trailblazing, and taboo-breaking – in the contemporary era, I contend that the entertainment-oriented online sphere has nurtured a diversified cultural public sphere that is open to constant contestation.