You Say #MeToo, I Say #MiTu: China’s Online Campaigns Against Sexual Abuse
In January 2018, Chinese women joined the global #MeToo movement to fight sexual harassment and sexual abuse. Unlike its Western counterpart, China’s #MeToo campaign was first introduced and promoted by a group of university students who made public allegations against offending professors. In attempting to expand the scope of the movement nationwide, campaigners have faced unique social and political obstacles. For instance, in order to circumvent rigorous online censorship, activists have to constantly adjust their communication strategies to keep the campaign alive. This chapter critically discusses the particularities of China’s adaptation of the #MeToo campaign, focusing on how it emerged, its successes and limitations, and how it operates within China’s sociopolitical milieu.
Keywords#MeToo China University Sexual harassment Social media Digital activism
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