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CLIP 8003

Yang Xi Wen - Chinese blogger

Yang Xi Wen - Chinese blogger
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Key Info
  • Yang Xi Wen - Chinese blogger
  • Despite only connecting to the internet in 1994, China has more users than any other nation in the world – over 253 million. China's internet is controlled, just like its other media. The government decides what is and is not suitable for its citizens to view, which raises issues about personal freedom. Yang Xi Wen's blog postings express her feelings about life and what is happening around her. She sees blogs as personal – showing feelings and expressions that people may not reveal in everyday life. However, one of Yang's friends was officially approached and asked to alter his blog after using 'inappropriate language'. Xi Wen states that this isn't generally seen as a major problem, and concludes that the internet is of positive influence and benefit to the Chinese economy.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies

       Topic:

    Rights: Human Legal Consumer

  • Keywords: China, interet, media, censorship, blog, human rights, modern studies, ChinaStories
Ideas for use in class
  • The clip can be used to raise a number of discussion points - Why is the internet so controlled by the government in China? Why might people in China want to express themselves through writing? Why is the internet 'managed' in China? What are the views of Xi Wen and her friends on why the internet is 'managed?' Check out the Production Stories to get more background to this story. bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/chinastories/production/2008/06/07/
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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