Amateur gold farming in China: “Chinese ingenuity,” independence and critique

Liboriussen, Bjarke (2016) Amateur gold farming in China: “Chinese ingenuity,” independence and critique. Games and Culture, 11 (3). pp. 316-331. ISSN 1555-4139

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Informed by a mix of theoretical sources and interviews with middle-class Chinese amateur gold farmers, this article argues that within China, the figure of the Chinese gold farmer might function as focus for reflection on Chineseness and China’s role in an increasingly interconnected world, rather than as a carrier of third-world stereotype as it tends to do in the West. The concept of shanzhai—often associated with sometimes comical, sometimes innovative Chinese copying of foreign con- sumer goods—is employed as a key analytical tool and helps highlight the themes of “Chinese ingenuity,” independence (from game operators and to some extent also parents), and critique (of games).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: China, gold farmer, gold farming, shanzhai, stereotype
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of International Communications
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Depositing User: Liboriussen, Bjarke
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:43

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