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Resistance within Contexts:A Study of University BBS Youth Culture in China
Unformatted Document Text:  13 University Life Means What? Even in other universities, most student interviewees do feel the pressures from studies and peer competitions. They are aware of the fact that their academic achievements and campus-behaviors would decide their opportunities after graduation. Thus, some students regard university education as a kind of sacrifice: Randall: To choose university education means to choose responsibilities. University students cannot do a lot of things they are actually interested in, because they have to accept the lives arranged by the university; they have to study hard, to find a job, to go abroad; they have to give up. But they would never feel reconciliatory toward these arrangements. On the other hand, entering universities means ‘the first step into the society’ to most Chinese young people, because it is usually the first time they live independently from their families. But the students still feel that they do not have full control of their own lives: Pulpfiction: University students have little power. First, in terms of economic status, you must depend on your parents; you have some free money to use, but the money is not earned by yourselves and thus you will not feel comfortable when using it. Moreover, the whole society, such as the media, the institutions, none of them is truly controlled by the students; that is impossible; therefore, some other young people might envy university students, but in fact, when something happened in the society, students’ opinions are nothing. However, students’ attitudes towards their university lives are sometimes contradictory. Pressures are sometimes mixed with pleasures: Pulpfiction: University lives are very easygoing. People like me will enjoy this kind of lifestyle. You won’t feel all the annoyances in the future, such as finding jobs, having babies and supporting the family, jobs……Adults’ lives are always very ‘dreary.’ I think this kind of life is especially terrible. Sun: I think Fudan is quite a good place. The living circumstances are beautiful. If you don’t care so much of your studies, you can find many things to do, to watch movies, go to

Authors: Dong, Dong.
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University Life Means What?
Even in other universities, most student interviewees do feel the pressures from studies and
peer competitions. They are aware of the fact that their academic achievements and
campus-behaviors would decide their opportunities after graduation. Thus, some students regard
university education as a kind of sacrifice:
Randall: To choose university education means to choose responsibilities. University
students cannot do a lot of things they are actually interested in, because they have to accept the
lives arranged by the university; they have to study hard, to find a job, to go abroad; they have
to give up. But they would never feel reconciliatory toward these arrangements.
On the other hand, entering universities means ‘the first step into the society’ to most Chinese
young people, because it is usually the first time they live independently from their families. But
the students still feel that they do not have full control of their own lives:
Pulpfiction: University students have little power. First, in terms of economic status, you
must depend on your parents; you have some free money to use, but the money is not earned by
yourselves and thus you will not feel comfortable when using it. Moreover, the whole society,
such as the media, the institutions, none of them is truly controlled by the students; that is
impossible; therefore, some other young people might envy university students, but in fact,
when something happened in the society, students’ opinions are nothing.
However, students’ attitudes towards their university lives are sometimes contradictory.
Pressures are sometimes mixed with pleasures:
Pulpfiction: University lives are very easygoing. People like me will enjoy this kind of
lifestyle. You won’t feel all the annoyances in the future, such as finding jobs, having babies
and supporting the family, jobs……Adults’ lives are always very ‘dreary.’ I think this kind of
life is especially terrible.
Sun: I think Fudan is quite a good place. The living circumstances are beautiful. If you
don’t care so much of your studies, you can find many things to do, to watch movies, go to


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