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Resistance within Contexts:A Study of University BBS Youth Culture in China
Unformatted Document Text:  18 However, interestingly, in the case of “A Chinese Odyssey Fever”, the Chinese university BBSs is not an extremely “equal” place for the students to interact with each other. Actually, the BBS youth cultural community constituted by the language style of the film also displays a hierarchical structure (see Dong 2002). The distinctions between the cultural insiders and outsiders outline the boundary of one distinctive university BBS culture. BBS Youth Cultural Context In the BBSs context, members who do not know the film’s language would face communication problems. They may be badly treated by those members who know the film and its language well. Luo: If you talk to someone who has never seen the film or never come into contact with the film’s language before, when you use it, he won’t feel funny and may regard you as ridiculous. So, using a not so good saying, [this situation] looks like casting pearls before swine. Randall: I will feel disappointed… If I were in a good mood at that time, I would explain these words to him; if not, I would end our discussion. Most of the interviewees said that they might feel frustrated if some other members could not understand the film’s language. In BBSs, the social bonding involved is very weak and thus it requires considerable effort in self-management. This language style constitutes the BBSers’ interpersonal communication skills. However, even in ‘real’ campus life, these interpersonal communication skills may still be important. A student would risk being laughed at if she does not know the film’s language: Road: After I came here 8 , I heard that they (other Tsinghua students) were talking about A Chinese Odyssey. But I hadn’t seen it before. Sometimes I was teased by them since I haven’t seen this film……They would say, ‘you haven’t seen even A Chinese Odyssey, so outmoded!’ Then I asked them, why they thought someone who hadn’t seen A Chinese Odyssey was outmoded. They said ‘see it and then you would know why.’ 8 Road has been in Tsinghua University for only one year. Before that, he studied in Nanjing University of Science and Engineering.

Authors: Dong, Dong.
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However, interestingly, in the case of “A Chinese Odyssey Fever”, the Chinese university
BBSs is not an extremely “equal” place for the students to interact with each other. Actually, the
BBS youth cultural community constituted by the language style of the film also displays a
hierarchical structure (see Dong 2002). The distinctions between the cultural insiders and outsiders
outline the boundary of one distinctive university BBS culture.
BBS Youth Cultural Context
In the BBSs context, members who do not know the film’s language would face
communication problems. They may be badly treated by those members who know the film and its
language well.
Luo: If you talk to someone who has never seen the film or never come into contact with the
film’s language before, when you use it, he won’t feel funny and may regard you as ridiculous. So,
using a not so good saying, [this situation] looks like casting pearls before swine.
Randall: I will feel disappointed… If I were in a good mood at that time, I would explain these
words to him; if not, I would end our discussion.
Most of the interviewees said that they might feel frustrated if some other members could not
understand the film’s language. In BBSs, the social bonding involved is very weak and thus it
requires considerable effort in self-management. This language style constitutes the BBSers’
interpersonal communication skills.
However, even in ‘real’ campus life, these interpersonal communication skills may still be
important. A student would risk being laughed at if she does not know the film’s language:
Road:
After I came here
8
, I heard that they (other Tsinghua students) were talking about
A Chinese Odyssey. But I hadn’t seen it before. Sometimes I was teased by them since I
haven’t seen this film……They would say, ‘you haven’t seen even A Chinese Odyssey, so
outmoded!’ Then I asked them, why they thought someone who hadn’t seen A Chinese
Odyssey was outmoded. They said ‘see it and then you would know why.’
8
Road has been in Tsinghua University for only one year. Before that, he studied in Nanjing University of
Science and Engineering.


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