"Rice Bunnies" in Chia's #MeToo: Discussion of a Feminist Movement under Censorship

Caple, Tyler (2019) "Rice Bunnies" in Chia's #MeToo: Discussion of a Feminist Movement under Censorship. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Minjoo Oh from Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi.

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This paper aims to assess the reception of the currently developing #MeToo movement in China from the perspective of Chinese internet users, feminists, and the state government as well as how censorship affects the way in which these individuals express their opinions on gendered sexual violence in Chinese society. By using a qualitative content analysis to comb through Chinese social media posts, Chinese state- sponsored news articles, and Western news articles, findings suggest that Chinese netizens are engaging with societal concerns over #MeToo and sexual assault, but do not define their grievances as being within a movement presumably to avoid censorship. Chinese feminist activists use public support of #MeToo-related discussions to justify local change in dealing with sexual assault while at the same time being careful to not challenge state authority. Consequently, these findings add to research previously conducted on online activism, social movements, and Chinese feminist ideology.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Caple, Tyler
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies and Chinese
Thesis Advisor: Minjoo Oh
Thesis Advisor's Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Tyler Caple
Date Deposited: 06 May 2019 14:55
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 14:55
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1308

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