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Resistance within Contexts:A Study of University BBS Youth Culture in China
Unformatted Document Text:  21 them literally……(In BBSs) you simply will not allow those orthodox ideas to restrict yourself……You purposively use those words, those misprints. Although you know very clearly that it is wrong, you do it on purpose…… Students may face dangers if they use their BBS language style in real life, because this style is only accepted by the BBS members. However, this style helps them to identify the insiders – young university students who have a good sense of humor, who appreciate A Chinese Odyssey – thus it makes them feel safe and comfortable in their world, the virtual world. These BBSers’ behaviors in creating and using the style can be taken as a kind of resistance because they clearly know that the style is not in accordance with orthodox ideals, but they use it on purpose. Moreover, their highly positive comments on this Hong Kong movie means that they do not care about the intellectuals’ attitudes towards ‘vulgar’ popular culture. However, their resistance is not direct; the students seldom show their style in public and in front of the intellectuals. They escape into a virtual world to share their real thoughts with the BBS youth cultural members. Resist Real-life Chinese university BBS youth cultural style is created on the basis of interactions within a Bund-like virtual community. This youth cultural community is established around the charisma of an idiosyncratic film, A Chinese Odyssey, and a free and safe virtual forum, the university-based BBSs. In fact, the film and the BBSs also contain some ‘resistance’ meanings within them. These meanings become more salient when students articulate them with their real-life. University lives make most Chinese university students feel ‘dreary’ and ‘impotent’. The only ‘enjoyment’ comes from their leisure activities, which are largely based on popular cultural consumptions. Pressures produced by competition within universities push the students to look for a rest by watching the film: Dragon: Tsinghua students feel that they were the Monkey King; and the ‘Jin Gu Zhou (some incantation)’ 9 is the pressure on them in this famous university. Like Monkey King, they also hope to cast off the ‘Jin Gu Zhou’ to be the most ordinary young people. But the 9 ‘Jin Gu Zhou’ is a kind of incantation that will automatically frap the hoop on the Monkey King’s head when he is thinking about anything related with the secular society.

Authors: Dong, Dong.
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them literally……(In BBSs) you simply will not allow those orthodox ideas to restrict
yourself……You purposively use those words, those misprints. Although you know very
clearly that it is wrong, you do it on purpose……
Students may face dangers if they use their BBS language style in real life, because this style
is only accepted by the BBS members. However, this style helps them to identify the insiders –
young university students who have a good sense of humor, who appreciate A Chinese Odyssey
thus it makes them feel safe and comfortable in their world, the virtual world.
These BBSers’ behaviors in creating and using the style can be taken as a kind of resistance
because they clearly know that the style is not in accordance with orthodox ideals, but they use it
on purpose. Moreover, their highly positive comments on this Hong Kong movie means that they
do not care about the intellectuals’ attitudes towards ‘vulgar’ popular culture. However, their
resistance is not direct; the students seldom show their style in public and in front of the
intellectuals. They escape into a virtual world to share their real thoughts with the BBS youth
cultural members.
Resist Real-life
Chinese university BBS youth cultural style is created on the basis of interactions within a
Bund-like virtual community. This youth cultural community is established around the charisma of
an idiosyncratic film, A Chinese Odyssey, and a free and safe virtual forum, the university-based
BBSs. In fact, the film and the BBSs also contain some ‘resistance’ meanings within them. These
meanings become more salient when students articulate them with their real-life.
University lives make most Chinese university students feel ‘dreary’ and ‘impotent’. The only
‘enjoyment’ comes from their leisure activities, which are largely based on popular cultural
consumptions. Pressures produced by competition within universities push the students to look for
a rest by watching the film:
Dragon: Tsinghua students feel that they were the Monkey King; and the ‘Jin Gu Zhou
(some incantation)’
9
is the pressure on them in this famous university. Like Monkey King,
they also hope to cast off the ‘Jin Gu Zhou’ to be the most ordinary young people. But the
9
‘Jin Gu Zhou’ is a kind of incantation that will automatically frap the hoop on the Monkey King’s head
when he is thinking about anything related with the secular society.


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