1st Edition

National Identity and Millennials in Northeast Asia Power and Contestations in the Digital Age

    226 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines how the young in Northeast Asia engage with the political, especially in terms of the production, reformulation, or contestation of their national identities.

    Through case studies covering China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea and Taiwan, the contributions provide a study of the online spaces where youth engage with current debates regarding national identities. The book also unpacks the distinctive forms of expression and negotiation of national identities favoured by younger generations across Northeast Asia and asks questions specifically raised by their political mobilisation. For example, how their public mobilisation for a given cause has forced them to rethink their place in national and global communities.

    This book will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of East Asian culture and politics, media studies and youth studies.

    The Introduction of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Vanessa Frangville, Thierry Kellner, and Frederik Ponjaert
    PART 1: Youth Culture and National Identity in the Digital Era
    1. Heroes and Villains of The Word of Honor: Co-optation of popular culture in promotion of "core values" and patriotism in the PRC
    Kamila Hladikova
    2. Soft Power, Globalization, and the Otaku: Influencing Japanese Nationalism Within and Abroad
    Kendra Sheehan
    3. "Battle for Peace" in a "cosmopolitan China": building the sense of global reunion, cross-boundaries connection and negotiation of national cultural identity in the web TV show Street Dance of China Season 4
    Peng Lei
    4. The Sense of Place: Chinese K-pop Fan’s Nationalist Sentiment Performance on Social Media.
    Zhou Bin
    5. Youth Culture in the Hermit Kingdom - National Propaganda, Proto-Digitalization and the Fight Against Dangerous Foreign Influences
    Bernhard Seliger and Cho You-Jin
    PART 2: Political Activism, Civic Engagement and National Identity
    6. A multi-level analysis of youth climate activism in South Korea
    Yi hyun Kang and Amandine Orsini 
    7. Young political activists in the Xi Jinping era: The Jasic struggle and the prospects for social mobilization in China
    Alessandro Albana
    8. Moderating Hate on the Internet in Japan: The Anonymous Campaign Against Japanese Right-Wing Hate Speech
    Jeffrey Hall
    9. Caricatures, corruption, and antisocial forces: the representation and enactment of youth and politics in Japanese video games
    Víctor Navarro Remesal
    10. ‘The PRC words have infiltrated our language!’: Taiwanese national identity and linguistic purism
    Karen Huang


    Vanessa Frangville is Senior Lecturer and Chair Holder in China Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

    Thierry Kellner

    is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

    Frederik Ponjaert

    is Researcher at the Institute for European Studies at Université libre de Bruxelles, Belguim and Associated Lecturer in Comparative Regionalism at SciencesPo (IEP-Paris), France.