Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society

Wanghong as Social Media Entertainment in China

Authors: Craig, David, Lin, Jian, Cunningham, Stuart

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  • Explores how China has built an alternative online ecosystem based around state-based intervention while nurturing the growth of their own platforms in a parallel online universe to that of the West
  • Uses research framed by an emerging and rapidly advancing subfield of media studies involving social media, influencers, creator industries, and creator culture
  • Deploys a broad range of research methods including online research, content and discourse analysis of Chinese-language social media and news accounts, industry reports, observation and analysis of media content, and original interview fieldwork
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In Chinese, the term wanghong refers to creators, social media entrepreneurs alternatively known as KOLs (key opinion leaders) and zhubo (showroom hosts), influencers and micro-celebrities.  Wanghong also refers to an emerging media ecology in which these creators cultivate online communities for cultural and commercial value by harnessing Chinese social media platforms, like Weibo, WeChat, Douyu, Huya, Bilibili, Douyin, and Kuaishuo.  Framed by the concepts of cultural, creative, and social industries, the book maps the development of wanghong policies and platforms, labor and management, content and culture, as they operate in contrast to its non-Chinese counterpart, social media entertainment, driven by platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch. As evidenced by the backlash to TikTok, the threat of competition from global wanghong signals advancing platform nationalism.


About the authors

David Craig is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at University of Southern California, USA, and visiting scholar at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry. 

Jian Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Journalism at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Stuart Cunningham is Distinguished Professor of Media and Communication, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Social Media Entertainment: The New Intersection of Hollywood and Silicon Valley and Creator Culture: An Introduction to Global Social Media Entertainment, both with David Craig, are published by New York University Press.



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"In their exploration of the nexus of creative industries, social media, and platform studies, Craig, Lin and Cunningham offer a ground-breaking account of the fast-moving Chinese media industry landscape.  Drawing on interviews with industry insiders and creators, Wanghong as Social Media Entertainment in China unravels the multi-layered ecosystem of intermediaries that is reshaping communication in the world’s biggest media market. This relatively short book is of great interest to scholars and researchers of China’s media. Packed with insights from participants and informed by comparisons with the less developed West, it offers a glimpse of an unfolding digital civilization, where bleeding-edge technology is the order of the day, and where the infrastructure of digital platforms and e-commerce is replacing shopping arcades. The book begins appropriately with policy and governance, before delving into profiles and aesthetics of wanghong practitioners. It concludes with the political ramifications of the challenges facing China’s new globalizing wanghong entrepreneurs, start-ups, and creators."

 - Michael Keane, Curtin University. Author of Created in China: the Great New Leap Forward and The Chinese Television Industry


"Addressing the ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘who’, ‘how’, and ‘why’ questions of Chinese wanghong culture, platforms, industry, labor and governance, this book offers a neat, systematic, and comprehensive analysis of China’s social media entertainment industries through cultural, creative and social perspectives. It is a delightful and compelling addition to scholarship on media industry, platform studies, digital media, Chinese and cultural studies. It successfully navigates the maze of literature in a range of disciplines with a surgical approach to the three framing themes (cultural, creative and social): clear-cut, measured, and systematic. Craig, Lin and Cunningham adeptly demonstrate their sophisticated understanding of wanghong as a Chinese metamorphosis of the global social media entertainment culture and industry. Their skilful analysis of case studies through empirical research offers fresh insights on the history, development and prospect of the globalising Chinese popular and digital culture in an era of parallel and contending Internets and social media economies."

- Professor Haiqing Yu, RMIT University

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wanghong as Social Media Entertainment in China
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65376-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65376-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65375-0
Series ISSN
2730-9282
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 197
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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