Author Archives: Annika Pissin

Chinese children’s identities at the intersection of policies, civil society and migration

Paper presented at the AAS-in-Asia: “Asia in Motion: Ideas, Institutions, Identities”, 22-24 June 2015 in Taipei, in the panel entitled “Inclusion/exclusion: Identity policies in contemporary Asia and beyond” Adult policy makers execute power by determining who and what a child is and thus actively decide on which children are socially included and excluded. Civil society organizations, then, react to children’s … Continue reading

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Just a little puzzled: What are the selves and the identities in the Chinese webs?

By now it is nearly commonsensical to assume that individuals use different social network and communication platforms in order to perform different aspects of one’s identity – for this Goffman’s book from 1959 The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life is frequently used. Researchers also find patterns of use of different platforms in different cultures and relate them to indigenous … Continue reading

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Brief report about the International Conference: Revisiting the Emancipatory Potential of Digital Media in Asia

24-25 January 2014, Leiden University (program and book of abstracts) The conference with nineteen speakers covering eight Asian countries (mostly China and Japan) was highly vibrant and inspirational. Richard Rogers, Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, set the emphasis on digital methods in his keynote speech (see also the website and the monograph), which … Continue reading

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Book review: Cyberanthropology

Knorr, Alexander. 2011. Cyberanthropology. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag, 188pp. German language. Cyberanthropology by Alexander Knorr, an anthropologist from München University, is a pleasant-to-read book. It contains a detailed definition of the different components that form the field ‘cyberanthropology’, shows the interconnection between the literary genre ‘cyberpunk’, gaming, and people’s subconscious everyday involvement with cyberpunk, and provides an example of what … Continue reading

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Hacking, childhood, and rules

From an article via security reports to cyberwar and back On October 25, 2012 the New York Times published an article about the financial situation of Wen Jiabao that had several consequences, among which the blocking of the New York Times site in China, and David Barboza, the author, receiving a Pulitzer prize on April 16, 2013. The article about … Continue reading

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Blogging Children

Recently, a friend in the US posed the question about how to set up a blog for her ten-year-old daughter who very desperately wanted to start one. That directed my interest to child bloggers. Born in the late 90s or the 2000s, Child bloggers are ‘cyberkids’ (Holloway & Valentine, 2003) and belong to the ‘digital natives’: “Digital natives live much … Continue reading

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Reflections on ICT use among children in Yunnan

From October to November this year I went to China to study children’s use of space. However, I was also able to observe how families and children use mobile phones and computers, and the differences in access and use of ICTs among wealthy tourists and rural residents. My research brought me to the capital Beijing, to Kunming, the capital of … Continue reading

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