Introduction: Weibo, Collective Memory and Social Tensions.- 1.Weibo as a Medium of Memory: a Three-Dimensional Framework in the Analysis of an Event-Oriented Platform.- 2. Control and Resistance: Remembering and Forgetting in the Changing Dynamics of State, Market and the Public.- 3.Past and Present: Mnemonic Practices on Weibo.- 4.Global and local: Collective Memory and Global Chinese identities.- 5."Universal values" or "Chinese Characteristics"?: Collective Memory and Weibo in the Modernity Project.- 6.Remembering Weibo to Witness History
"Micro-blogging Memories: Weibo and Collective Remembering in Contemporary China is one of the best books on Chinese internet culture and politics in recent years. It offers a stunningly original and insightful analysis of how journalists and ordinary citizens in China create news, remember contested histories, and explore personal and collective identities on China's preeminent microblogging platform Sina Weibo. Skillfully weaving together stories of past and present, the local and the global, control and resistance, the book provides a rich and textured account of not only the highs and lows of a popular social media platform, but also the dramas of social change in China. This book makes important contributions to the scholarship on digital media and culture, collective memory, and global communication." (Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Eileen Le Han teaches at Michigan State University, USA. She received her Ph.D. in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in the cultural meaning of social media in transitional society and has published multiple journal articles on global Chinese culture, journalism, and collective memory.