Contesting the past on the Chinese Internet: Han-centrism and mnemonic practices

@article{Wang2019ContestingTP,
  title={Contesting the past on the Chinese Internet: Han-centrism and mnemonic practices},
  author={Yi Wang},
  journal={Memory Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={15},
  pages={304 - 317}
}
  • Yi Wang
  • Published 19 September 2019
  • Sociology
  • Memory Studies
Digital technology has brought critical changes to mnemonic practices in China, such as the empowerment of social groups to discover previously underrepresented historical accounts and produce alternative historical narratives. This article examines the mnemonic practices of Han-centrism, a type of ethnic and cultural nationalist movement based on the Chinese Internet. It analyzes how Han-centrist netizens reinterpret national history through their efforts to rediscover forgotten historical… 

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