The power of circulation: Digital technologies and the online Chinese fans of Japanese TV drama

Kelly Hu*

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Abstract

Focusing on the online Chinese fans of Japanese TV drama, this paper explores the way in which the fan subculture, in connection with digital technologies, has carved out alternative practices in the circulation, production and consumption of Japanese TV drama. As 'minority audiences' who are not targeted as the objects of capitalist interests, online Chinese fans invent spaces for Chinese transnational networking with self-help and sharing, as a way of resisting the aloofness from marketing strategies of Japanese TV distributors in Asia. This case study reveals that the online Chinese fan clubs, the websites for downloads, pirated VCD markets, digital file conversion, and private VCD burning -all of these have linked endless networks for the digitalized circulation and consumption of Japanese TV drama. The online Chinese fans are guerrilla fighters in the politics of autonomy, network and low-cost digital technology; they are attempting to break down time-space constraints and the official distribution hierarchy. Such fan practices shed light on the new trends of audio-visual consumption via digitalization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-186
Number of pages16
JournalInter-Asia Cultural Studies
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jun
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Circulation
  • Digital technology
  • Online Chinese fans
  • Resistance and network
  • Self-help

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies

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