Crystal Zhang

In China, the government owns all prominent media companies such as newspapers, search engines and social media. When incidents or movements gather attention online, the government may censor relevant information if it deems such attention may shed a negative light on the government image. The government also gives out guidelines to control the flow and tone of news that they spread. Due to the interventions of the Chinese government, Chinese feminists face additional misunderstandings and hostility when they try to raise people’s public awareness on certain incidents or even general feminism. My goal is to explore how public conception on feminism changes due to intervention of Chinese government by comparing data on what Chinese see and say on websites in America that are blocked in China by the great firewall to websites in China that are regulated by the government. By looking into what is only on American websites, I can study the pattern on the contents that are censored by the government and show effects of the government’s direct intervention through datas and graphs. By looking into what is only on Chinese websites, I can analyze public misconception caused by indirect intervention of the government such as “Tianyuan Feminism”. In addition, I intend to analyze one specific case on how Chinese feminists resist these interventions by methods such as digital masquerading. I will present my project as a paper to provide insight on direct and indirect government restrictions on feminism and resistance of feminists on Chinese internet.