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Resistance within Contexts:A Study of University BBS Youth Culture in China
Unformatted Document Text:  12 abroad! Someone said, I was a loser in the four years. Why? Because I didn’t go abroad; I have to choose a foreign company to earn money. Such are their attitudes. They are educated to hold such attitudes. As a result of the competition, Tsinghua students are very independent in their campus lives and keep distance between each other. Road: Tsinghua students make me feel very independent. Before coming here, I heard that every Tsinghua student hangs a curtain in front of his or her beds…… At night, they draw the curtains and do their own things, reading or studying. They don’t communicate with each other a lot……I thought it seemed impossible……But when I study in this university, I find everyone here takes this as very usual. They are accustomed to it. Many students wouldn’t feel strange if he didn’t talk with others the whole day. There is such kind of people in my dormitory. He can stay in the dorm without saying a word to anyone if he has something to do. Kind of a culture here. In fact, as an outsider, I also feel the distance between Tsinghua students when doing the fieldwork. I had been to five dormitories in Tsinghua. Except in one freshmen’s room, there were ‘bed-curtains’ in all others. On each student’s desk there is a computer, even though the room is very small, no more than fifteen square meters. It seemed that these roommates would not like to share their own PCs with each other. When I went into an interviewee’s dorm, her dorm-mate glanced me for a second but did not say a word to me, yet the interviewee told me that this girl was very active in the BBS. Tsinghua interviewees often used ‘dreary’ to depict their campus circumstances. This feeling of ‘dreariness’ comes from the pressures and the estrangement of personal relationships resulting from their consciousness of competition. However, as a case, the context of Tsinghua University cannot fully represent all other universities in China. Actually, two Tsinghua interviewees, Road and Dragon, who finished their undergraduate studies in other universities, both claimed that the interpersonal relationship was not so estranged in their previous schools. Therefore, it is necessary to move beyond Tsinghua and examine the feelings the Chinese university students have towards ‘university life in general.’

Authors: Dong, Dong.
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abroad! Someone said, I was a loser in the four years. Why? Because I didn’t go abroad; I have
to choose a foreign company to earn money. Such are their attitudes. They are educated to hold
such attitudes.
As a result of the competition, Tsinghua students are very independent in their campus lives
and keep distance between each other.
Road: Tsinghua students make me feel very independent. Before coming here, I heard that
every Tsinghua student hangs a curtain in front of his or her beds…… At night, they draw the
curtains and do their own things, reading or studying. They don’t communicate with each other
a lot……I thought it seemed impossible……But when I study in this university, I find
everyone here takes this as very usual. They are accustomed to it. Many students wouldn’t feel
strange if he didn’t talk with others the whole day. There is such kind of people in my
dormitory. He can stay in the dorm without saying a word to anyone if he has something to do.
Kind of a culture here.
In fact, as an outsider, I also feel the distance between Tsinghua students when doing the
fieldwork. I had been to five dormitories in Tsinghua. Except in one freshmen’s room, there were
‘bed-curtains’ in all others. On each student’s desk there is a computer, even though the room is
very small, no more than fifteen square meters. It seemed that these roommates would not like to
share their own PCs with each other. When I went into an interviewee’s dorm, her dorm-mate
glanced me for a second but did not say a word to me, yet the interviewee told me that this girl was
very active in the BBS.
Tsinghua interviewees often used ‘dreary’ to depict their campus circumstances. This feeling
of ‘dreariness’ comes from the pressures and the estrangement of personal relationships resulting
from their consciousness of competition. However, as a case, the context of Tsinghua University
cannot fully represent all other universities in China. Actually, two Tsinghua interviewees, Road
and Dragon, who finished their undergraduate studies in other universities, both claimed that the
interpersonal relationship was not so estranged in their previous schools. Therefore, it is necessary
to move beyond Tsinghua and examine the feelings the Chinese university students have towards
‘university life in general.’


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