This essay looks at the role of social media in the portrayal of ‘celebrities’ An Wei and Wu Yebin, a rural gay couple from Hebei province in northern China who found fame through photo galleries on Ifeng.com. Using Bourdieu’s concept of symbolic capital, it explores “the idiosyncratic characteristics of Chinese non-for-profit organisations, the non-oppositional, family-centric orientation of the gay rights movements in China, and traditional family values in assessing the role that social media has played in social changes”.
|Title of host publication||Chinese Social Media: Social, Cultural, and Political Implications|
|Editors||Mike Kent, Katie Ellis, Jian Xu|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- LGBTQ studies