Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)
College of Arts and Sciences
Asia Pacific Studies
Brian Komei Dempster
In this era of social media, popular narratives have increasingly important implications on domestic policy and bilateral relations. In part based on the video of making Kimchi published by a famous Chinese YouTuber, this study analyzes Chinese and Korean netizens’ opinions of each other by examining around one thousand social media posts, which offer a glimpse of the unique cultural confrontation between China and South Korea. By revealing the complexity of China-Korea relations through a social media lens, my analysis provides new insights into the implications of these popular narratives on China’s policymaking. Even as an authoritarian regime, the Chinese government has started to pay attention to and respond to netizens’ public opinions. It is still difficult to assess how the generally negative view of Chinese and Koreans towards one another will shape the future and if those with more positive views will increase in number. In any case, the intense, combative dialogue on social media serves as an important reference point and a cautionary warning—that the Chinese and Korean governments need to make policies that are conducive to sustainable bilateral relations and the Asia Pacific stability.
Wang, Roselyn, "Online Cultural Contention and China-Korea Relations: Interpreting Netizens’ Narratives on Social Media" (2021). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1176.