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Chinese Stardom in Participatory Cyberculture

Dorothy Wai Sim Lau

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Examines transnational Chinese stardom as a Web-based phenomenon

As Chinese performers have become more visible on global screens, their professional images - once the preserve of studios and agents - have been increasingly relayed and reworked by film fans. Web technology has made searching, poaching, editing, posting and sharing texts significantly easier, and by using a variety of seamless and innovative methods a new mode of personality construction has been developed. With case studies of high-profile stars like Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen, this ground-breaking book examines transnational Chinese stardom as a Web-based phenomenon, and as an outcome of the participatory practices of cyber fans.

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Note on the Text
Introduction: A Phenomenon After Cinema – The Chinese Stardom Goes ‘Cyber’
Chapter 1 - Blogging Donnie Yen: Remaking the Martial Arts Body as a Cyber-Intertext
Chapter 2 - ‘Flickering’ Jackie Chan: The Actor-Ambassadorial Persona on Photo-sharing Sites
Chapter 3 - ‘Friending’ Jet Li on Facebook: The Celebrity-Philanthropist Persona in Online Social Networks
Chapter 4 - YouTubing Zhang Ziyi: Chinese Female Stardom in Fan Videos on Video-sharing Sites
Chapter 5 - Discussing Takeshi Kaneshiro: The Pan-Asian Star Image on Fan Forums
Conclusion - Reimagining Chineseness in the Global Cyber Culture

About the Author

Dorothy Wai Sim Lau is an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University. Her research interests include stardom, fandom, film theory, Asian cinema, transnational cinema, cyberculture and digital culture. Her publications have appeared in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Journal of Asian Cinema and Continuum.


If you’re even remotely interested in Chinese cinema or digital media, I beseech you to read this book. Lau’s analysis is diligent, smart, and she writes with gimlet-eyed conviction. The proposition that fans create meaning out of their virtual interactions with popular stars is thoroughly tested on this proving ground.

- Julian Stringer, University of Nottingham

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