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Resistance within Contexts:A Study of University BBS Youth Culture in China
Unformatted Document Text:  22 competition doesn’t allow them to do so……Pressure restrains us and don’t let us to be the person we would like to be……On the contrary, it continually fraps the hoop again and again. NN: I think it is a good channel to relax by watching this kind of ‘nonsensical comedy’. It will make you keep a good mood for a long time after watching. Students do have pleasures when watching the film because they find that characters in the movie face the same situation as they do. But the characters in the movie can do something the students cannot do in real lives. For example, the Monkey King can resist the control of Buddha and the Longevity Monk. The film’s language is nonsensical and deviant from the orthodox manners. To use its language is largely a distinctive phenomenon in the BBSs. That is, the BBSs help the students to generate meanings from the film: Randall: I think changes in the social circumstances, new trends of thoughts in the society, have influences on the students. What kind of job you will find, how much money you can earn, all these have great influences. Students’ thinking or worries about these problems certainly will be brought to the BBSs. The biggest influence of BBS is that it deconstructs many things in real lives. In the BBSs, we find that there is nothing worthy of being canonized except A Chinese Odyssey. Any idealized things are cleared up in the BBSs……So they use a very flimsy manner to live. For example, they take a dual attitude towards heroism and love; one is ‘teasing,’ the same as what A Chinese Odyssey uses; the other is a little bit ‘cherishing,’ cherishing something that is still sincere and true—such as love. These two attitudes are in accordance with the film. So they like the film. Randall’s remarks show that some BBS youth cultural participants do realize the relationship between the social context and their youth cultural activities. Also, by referring to the film, the students find solutions to the problems or worries in their real lives, although these solutions are only ‘effective’ in the BBSs. Participating in a BBS community by using the language style derived from A Chinese Odyssey is like joining a grand carnival, which can let the students to forget, temporarily, all the pressures and worries. Orthodox ideals melt into the air. Survival techniques taught by the university institutions appear less important. In their own ‘secret garden’,

Authors: Dong, Dong.
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competition doesn’t allow them to do so……Pressure restrains us and don’t let us to be the
person we would like to be……On the contrary, it continually fraps the hoop again and
again.
NN: I think it is a good channel to relax by watching this kind of ‘nonsensical comedy’. It
will make you keep a good mood for a long time after watching.
Students do have pleasures when watching the film because they find that characters in the
movie face the same situation as they do. But the characters in the movie can do something the
students cannot do in real lives. For example, the Monkey King can resist the control of Buddha
and the Longevity Monk. The film’s language is nonsensical and deviant from the orthodox
manners. To use its language is largely a distinctive phenomenon in the BBSs. That is, the BBSs
help the students to generate meanings from the film:
Randall: I think changes in the social circumstances, new trends of thoughts in the society,
have influences on the students. What kind of job you will find, how much money you can
earn, all these have great influences. Students’ thinking or worries about these problems
certainly will be brought to the BBSs. The biggest influence of BBS is that it deconstructs
many things in real lives. In the BBSs, we find that there is nothing worthy of being
canonized except A Chinese Odyssey. Any idealized things are cleared up in the
BBSs……So they use a very flimsy manner to live. For example, they take a dual attitude
towards heroism and love; one is ‘teasing,’ the same as what A Chinese Odyssey uses; the
other is a little bit ‘cherishing,’ cherishing something that is still sincere and true—such as
love. These two attitudes are in accordance with the film. So they like the film.
Randall’s remarks show that some BBS youth cultural participants do realize the relationship
between the social context and their youth cultural activities. Also, by referring to the film, the
students find solutions to the problems or worries in their real lives, although these solutions are
only ‘effective’ in the BBSs. Participating in a BBS community by using the language style
derived from A Chinese Odyssey is like joining a grand carnival, which can let the students to
forget, temporarily, all the pressures and worries. Orthodox ideals melt into the air. Survival
techniques taught by the university institutions appear less important. In their own ‘secret garden’,


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