When positive energy meets satirical feminist backfire: Hashtag activism during the COVID-19 outbreak in China

  title={When positive energy meets satirical feminist backfire: Hashtag activism during the COVID-19 outbreak in China},
  author={Yue Yang},
  journal={Global Media and China},
  pages={99 - 119}
  • Yue Yang
  • Published 3 June 2021
  • Political Science
  • Global Media and China
Amid the eruption of the COVID-19 outbreak in February 2020, the Chinese Communist Party Youth League promoted VTubers on Weibo to diffuse positive energy. However, the female VTuber Jiangshanjiao was appropriated immediately as political satire by netizens to air public grievances. While political satire is widely considered as political resistance in authoritarian states, little research has addressed its combination with feminist narratives and online activism. This article builds on… 

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